Your Guide to Craft Breweries in Dutchess County
Date Published: April 7, 2022
Dutchess County is a beer-lover's dream. These breweries use Hudson Valley hops, grains and fruit to deliver delicious IPAs, saisons, stouts and more. From bucolic farm breweries to sleek industrial brewpubs, these Hudson Valley craft beverage destinations are seriously worth a visit. Plus, embark on guided tastings at several of these locations with our Dutchess Tourism Taste Finder. For more information on how to purchase this mobile passport, click here.
Craving fresh air and sunshine? Make Black Snake Brewing Company at Old Adriance Farm your next stop on Dutchess County’s craft beverage trail. Grab an IPA or ale, unwind and take in the scenery of the farm on a beautiful Hudson Valley weekend. The women-led team of this farm brewery also curates a selection of local guest taps and New York State wine, cider, gin, whiskey and other spirits. 136 beautiful acres are home to farm animals and a hopyard that fuels grain-to-glass beers. Further, live music, trivia and food truck events make Black Snake a truly family-friendly destination. And, while you’re there, grab some fresh ingredients for a future homemade meal at their farm market. Follow them on Facebook or Instagram for event updates.
Open from May through October, this Red Hook brewery features stunning panoramic views of the countryside. This bucolic beer garden is a fantastic spot to sip farm-fresh pints surrounded by a 100-acre orchard. Migliorelli Farm cultivates the barley, fruit and other ingredients found in this Red Hook brewery’s releases. Farmhouse red ales, peach and cherry saisons, honey-infused golden ales and many other small-batch brews celebrate the seasons. In fact, several of their beers source every ingredient from within a 3-mile radius. Grab a glass and sit around their pond for a truly unforgettable golden hour. For a full beer list, click here.
Nestled on 25 acres of land in Poughkeepsie, Plan Bee Farm Brewery is a scenic spot to enjoy a craft beer with local terroir. Made from 100% New York State ingredients—including hops, fruit, and honey cultivated right on the farm—their brews are crafted to be authentically local. A real family operation, couple Emily and Evan Watson specialize in sours, farmhouse ales and saison-style pours. Barn Beer, their flagship brew, features tart lemon and pineapple notes. Past small-batch beers showcased unique ingredients such as hot peppers, strawberries, rainbow carrots, ginger and even pickles. Their cozy, atmospheric taproom is perfect for chilly fall and winter days. On the other hand, when the weather permits, enjoy a sip outside at picnic tables. The grounds are also home to goats, chickens and other farm animals. And, in the warmer months, bands perform live on the farmstand stage. Visit Plan Bee Farm Brewery on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. For a schedule of food trucks and other events, click here.
There’s truly nothing like sipping a fresh pint from a rooftop bar with a breathtaking view of the Hudson River. Visit the latest addition to Dutchess County’s booming craft beer, Zeus Brewing Co. Enjoy a rotating selection of brews, fresh pastas, gourmet salads, and hand-tossed pizzas. Have something special to celebrate? Mark the occasion while keeping it intimate by reserving a table on the roof. Of course, you can also take a seat by their ultra-sleek indoor bar, or grab a beer and enjoy some fresh air in their outdoor dining area. Their crisp and refreshing Queen City pilsner is a must-try. Zeus’ brewteam experiments with hazy New England IPAs, cream ales, milk stouts, Belgians and everything in between. For information on how to make a reservation for that one-of-a-kind rooftop bar, click here.
Visit the award-winning brewpub Mill House Brewing Company in Poughkeepsie for some of the most delicious bites in the Hudson Valley paired with stellar craft beer. Their Kolsch, Kold One, is a true classic. In addition, their staple stout Velvet Panda provides a velvety mouthfeel and balanced bitterness, and veggie-infused Cucumber Blessings is a crisp and cool anecdote for hot summer days. Opt for a flight to sample five beers—a great opportunity to try small-batch releases. The creative and ever–talented kitchen staff cooks up fig and duck-topped pizzas, wings tossed in a house beer BBQ sauce, loaded burgers and so much more. Weekly specials play with seasonal ingredients, making this stop worth repeat visits. Plus, Sunday brunch brings reinvented breakfast dishes and mimosa flights to the table. For all of Mill House Brewing Company’s menus, click here.
Blue Collar Brewery in Poughkeepsie serves up craft ales and lagers in a repurposed factory building, rich with local history. The striking brick structure once housed a meat packing company and several other “blue collar” businesses over the decades—hence the brewery’s name. Order delivery or bring takeout from nearby Poughkeepsie eateries and enjoy classic brews. From traditional Marzens and German pilsners to both West and East Coast IPAs, Blue Collar brews something for everyone. Be sure to sample their Witbier when it’s on tap—this Belgian white features a unique spice blend of coriander, grains of paradise and orange peel. To view their full draft list, click here.
Head to King’s Court Brewing Company in Poughkeepsie for live music, food trucks, and an entire world of beer to explore. This historic Dutchess County building dates back to the early 1900s, when it was the King’s Court Hotel. Original brick walls, wood flooring and other details contribute to a memorable atmosphere. Head brewer Cortlandt Toczylowski experiments with milkshake IPAs, fruited sours, barrel aged dark beers and so much more. Hudson Valley grains, fruit and other ingredients elevate the tap list. Open Thursday through Sunday, it's a fun place to hang out in the heart of the Queen City. For a full schedule of trivia nights, live music weekends and food truck residencies, click here.
Named for the boats that once moved people and cargo up and down the Hudson, Sloop Brewing Co. is one of the fastest growing regional breweries in the country. Their expansive tasting room—dubbed The Factory—sits in a former IBM campus building. Sloop’s visionary team of brewers took the juicy, hazy New England IPA with their flagship Juice Bomb. From the silky smooth, deep-bodied stouts of their Half Baked series to peach, raspberry and orange sours, you’re sure to find a favorite! Of course, hop fanatics should opt for Bomb series beers, which highlight the unique, tropical characteristics of individual hop varietals. Dig into pizzas, burgers and bowls while working your way through the tap list. To browse their extensive beer selection and food menu, click here.
In a tucked away corner across from Beacon’s bustling Main St, you’ll find the charmingly laid-back Two Way Brewing Company. Named after the Hudson River’s two-way flow, this micro craft brewery offers a variety of high quality, handmade beers. Confusion farmhouse ale, Climb High P.A. IPA and Darkness Squared coffee stout are a few of their most beloved pours. With pockets of fun personality everywhere you turn - like customer’s doodles on the bar table, art by local talent on the walls and stacks of well-loved books by the couches, it’s easy to feel right at home here. A modest outdoor dining area provides beautiful sunset views, and a clear path to the riverfront Long Dock Park. For a full tap list, click here.
Farmhouse ales and tart fruited sours are main draws at Obercreek Brewing Company. For the perfect combination of flavors, their beer is made with a mix of ingredients found right on the farm, around New York State and beyond. Previous releases have featured black currants, pears, muscat grapes, plums and any other Hudson Valley fruit you can think of. In fact, they feature various wine grapes in their bottled Vacant Vines series. Nestled on the same property as the certified organic Obercreek Farm, visitors can stop by the farmstand for freshly picked and seasonally produced farm foods. Grab a pour from their tasting room and take a seat outdoors in their designated Beer Island that often hosts live music on weekends. Well-behaved dogs are welcome here. Tasted something you loved? Purchase a growler or come back with your own and they’ll be happy to fill it. To see what’s on tap this weekend, click here.
We can almost guarantee you’ve never had beers quite like the ones produced at this Dutchess County destination. Hudson Valley Brewery pulls from a variety of influences to create traditional, unique and experimental drafts, with a focus on colorful sour IPAs. However, you don’t have to be a brew-snob to enjoy the experience here. Playful tasting notes on the beer menu use everything from rainbow sprinkle frosting to chocolate chip cookie dough to describe draft pours. Visit their outdoor patio Thursday through Sunday, and grab a pie from the resident pizza truck onsite. It’s a great place to kick back and soak in Beacon’s creative aesthetic. To pre-order beers or see what’s available, click here.
Industrial Arts Brewing Company serves up craft beer in an ultra-vibrant modern space born out of an abandoned factory. Aromatic hazy IPAs in the Wrench series join pale ales like Tools of the Trade, which features bright notes of passionfruit, pink grapefruit and white grape. Score a seat on their vast patio Thursday through Sunday for unparalleled views of the Hudson Highlands mountain range. Then, head next door to District Social, a barcade that features axe-throwing, performances from rock bands and tons of competitive games. For a full lineup of beers, click here.