One of the Valley’s most prominent missions is the dedication to all things local.
To keep with the Hudson Valley’s affinity for nurturing local ingredients and talents to create something outstanding, there has been a boom of craft breweries to pop up on the scene. Many of these may be new, but they’re anything but up and coming.
Some of the Northeast’s most celebrated brew-masters live, work and play in the Hudson Valley, making our area a celebrated destination for hand crafted beer.
Keegan Ales, Kingston
Since it opened it’s doors in 2003, Keegan Ales has created a state-wide reputation for great beer, food and atmosphere. Their selections are available at countless bars and restaurants, making the Keegan Ales brand a household name. Whether you’re looking for a laid back dinner amongst friends or a tour of their full brewery, this is one local favorite that can’t be missed. On some days you can even catch some live music or special events hosted in the restaurant main room or patio. “Keegan’s” as it has become affectionately named by the locals, is nestled in the heart of Kingston’s shops and attractions, making it a perfect way to close a weekend touring everything this historic town has to offer.
Mill House Brewing Company, Poughkeepsie
One of Poughkeepsie’s newest hotspots for local beer, Mill House Brewing Company has an impressive fleet of craft beers for every palette. Here, you can find an inviting, yet sophisticated interior as it mimics the industrial glimpse of the beer making process. They offer a full menu that incorporates and compliments all of their 14 beers, with an impressive brunch on Sunday mornings that draws huge crowds each week. Mill House is a great option if you’re looking to sit back and enjoy a beer with lunch or dinner and sample a flight of their most popular drafts.
Plan Bee Farm Brewery, Poughkeepsie
If you’re looking for a genuine, local experience, Plan Bee is bottling up the best buzz around. This husband and wife team utilizes 100% local ingredients for what they call their “ground to glass” approach. Here, they use yeast cultivated from the honeycomb produced by the family of bees that call this micro brewery home and some grains from some neighboring farms. While they’re still growing, the farm is open Saturdays at noon and they welcome picnics as their customers enjoy a selection of their beautifully packaged beers. The Watsons are truly taking a passion for local sustainability and transforming it into a world-class product with a whole lot of love.
Craft beers are a labor of love here in the Valley.
If you’re looking to tour our area’s incredible breweries or simply settling in to enjoy some small batch craft sips, the Hudson Valley is the place to be.