Dutchess Drafts and Craft Beverages - Summer 2020 Update
Publish Date: 2020-08-04
Which Dutchess breweries, distilleries, cideries and even a new meadery are open right now? What are they offering in terms of seating options and new experiences this summer? We’ve got you covered below!
Plan Bee Farm Brewery
Nestled on 25 acres of land in Poughkeepsie, Plan Bee Farm Brewery is a scenic spot to enjoy a foamy craft beer! Made from 100% New York State ingredients, most grown right on the farm, their brews are crafted to be authentically local. Their field is open for customers to enjoy so bring your picnic blanket, lawn chair, yard games and pets for a fun day on the farm! Make it a meal with some hot food from visiting food trucks on the weekends! If you stay until sunset you’ll enjoy live music on their new farm stand stage. To view the live music schedule, find out what food trucks are coming soon and more click here.
King’s Court Brewing Company
Craving for a glass of world-class adventure? King’s Court Brewery in Poughkeepsie has you covered. Whether you want a light crisp beer or the newest, experimental, triple dry-hopped, crazy hazy adventure, they have something for everyone! Spend the day in their outdoor seating area wrapped in greenery and twinkling lights. Or grab a table inside and marvel at their unique gallery walls filled with an eclectic mix of license plates, street signs and wood-carved animal masks. Then, grab a bite from one of the visiting food trucks and enjoy some live music. Coming in August, get ready for the best Thai food in the Hudson Valley, Thailicious Food Truck! For a full schedule of food trucks and events happening at King’s Court, click here.
Hyde Park Brewing Company
Get the taste of handcrafted beer paired with a food menu that emphasizes seasonal, local, and fresh ingredients, all while experiencing great service at Hyde Park Brewing Company. Located in historic Hyde Park, this brewpub accommodates all with curbside pick-up, online ordering, indoor and outdoor dining! To encourage social distancing practices and ensure you have a pleasant meal, they have recently added markers to tables so you can easily signal when you do and do not need service. To view their delicious menu and learn more click here.
Sloop Brewing Co.
Named for the boats that once moved people and cargo up and down the Hudson, Sloop Brewing Co. is the fastest growing regional brewery in the country. Visit their tasting room in East Fishkill to try their carefully crafted beers, from the juicy, hazy, flagship IPA - Juice Bomb, to the silky smooth, deep-bodied stouts from the Half Baked series, you’re sure to find a favorite! If you'd like to be seated inside, advanced reservations are required at firstname.lastname@example.org. Their outdoor space does not require reservations, and well behaved dogs are welcome outside. Click here to browse their extensive beer selection and food menu!
Zeus Brewing Co
Visit the newest craft brewery with full-service dining in town, Zeus Brewing Co located in Poughkeepsie! 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 rooftop - the bar with the most iconic view of the Hudson River. Rooftop reservations are limited to parties of six. 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. For information on reservations and more click here.
2 Way Brewing Company
In a tucked away corner across from Beacon’s bustling Main Street, you’ll find the charmingly laid-back 2 Way Brewing Company. Named after the Hudson River’s two-way flow, this micro craft brewery offers a variety of high quality, handmade brews and bar food by Roundup Texas BBQ. 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! Join their socially distanced trivia night happening every Thursday, or enjoy a tall glass on their outdoor patio! To register for trivia night and for more information click here.
Obercreek Brewing Company
Obercreek Brewing Company in Wappingers Falls offers a unique experience for beer lovers visiting Dutchess. 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. Nestled on the same property as the certified organic Obercreek Farm, visitors can stop by the Farm Stand 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 is now open - well-behaved dogs welcome! Tasted something you loved? Purchase a growler or come back with your own and they’ll be happy to fill it! Click here for more information.
Mill House Brewing Company
Visit the award-winning brewpub Millhouse Brewing Company in Poughkeepsie for some of the most delicious bites in the Hudson Valley paired with their stellar craft beer. Get that velvety mouthfeel and balanced bitterness from their stout - Velvet Panda, or try the cool and crisp Cucumber Blessings! Whether you dine indoors or outside under their tent, you can now join them for Happy Hour on weekdays from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. And their Sunday Brunch is back with a new mimosa flight! Indoor seating is available by reservation only. For information, click here.
Blue Collar Brewery
Now open for limited capacity seating, Blue Collar Brewery in Poughkeepsie serves up craft ales and lagers in a repurposed factory building, rich with local history. View the brewing process at their restaurant and bar while you enjoy some traditional brewpub fare. For the menu,
Black Snake Brewing Company
Black Snake Brewing Company at Old Adriance Farm in Staatsburg is Dutchess’ newest farm brewery. Grab an IPA or ale, unwind and take in the scenery of the farm in this family friendly atmosphere. They’re now open Wednesdays through Sundays with exciting events like live music, burger nights, trivia, happy hours and more. Here’s a good idea - grab some fresh ingredients for a future homemade meal at their farm market while you’re there!
Our friends at Hudson Valley Brewery and Industrial Arts Brewing Company in Beacon are currently closed to the public until further notice, but are offering shipping and to-go orders, or you can purchase a gift card for future use!
Dennings Point Distillery
Where passion drives production, Denning’s Point Distillery in Beacon uses locally sourced grains and fruit in their handcrafted spirits. Stop by on the weekends for tastings and delicious cocktails like their Beacon Bourbon + Peach Tea, Great 9 Gin + Hibiscus & Mango Tea, or Viskill Vodka + Cranberry Juice. indoor and outdoor seating is available. Click here for more details.
Taste the award-winning bourbon and rye whiskies from Taconic Distillery in Stanfordville, that is made using New York grains and spring water from the founders’ farm. Visit their tasting room and retail space serving Taconic's spirits as well as beer, wine and soft drinks. Have a picnic on their expansive patio with lawn games and a fire pit overlooking scenic farmland. They’re open Saturdays only, click here for more information.
Looking for a completely private experience? Contact Shady Knoll Orchards & Distillery in Millbrook for a tasting and tour by appointment. Try their distilled apple brandy and whiskey products made on-site in a French alembic still using homegrown apples and rye. Our friends at The Vail Fox Distillery in Poughkeepsie have a tasting room for visitors coming soon, but you can make an appointment for a private tour and tasting of their gin and whisky now, if you give them a call. Plus you can order their hand sanitizer online!
Photo by Kita Roberts
Kings Highway Cider Shack
The most awarded ciders on the East Coast are available for sipping, alongside farm-to-table eats at Kings Highway’s Cider Shack at McEnroe Organic Farm in Millerton. These dry ciders have zero grams of residual sugar per serving, zero carbs and zero gluten. McEnroe has opened their field to the local community, free of charge, for 6-feet-apart picnicking. Bring your kite, your dog, and some games to enjoy the afternoon outdoors with a stunning view of the farm!
Treasury Cider Garden
Fishkill Farms’ Treasury Cider Bar, located on the Northside of their covered porch in Hopewell Junction, offers cider tastings with expansive orchard views. Advanced reservation is required on their website, and they are not releasing dates farther than two weeks in advance. Reservation package includes - for one hour - a picnic table for a party of up to six people, one flight of 5, 2oz. pours of their estate grown and fermented Treasury Cider and one cheese/charcuterie board (with vegetarian and vegan options available).
Slate Point Meadery
What’s mead you ask? Mead is a honey-based alcoholic beverage, which is considered the first to be fermented in the entire history of humankind, dating to roughly 10,000 years ago. In order to be a mead, its primary fermented sugars must come from honey. Slate Point Meadery in Poughkeepsie adds different ingredients to create a variety of flavor profiles. Their new tasting room next to Zeus Brewing Co. in the Queen City Lofts Building is open on Saturdays as of August 1 for walk-ins!