Six New Sips in Dutchess County
Summer weather shows no signs of cooling down – now’s the perfect time to kick back with a cold beer, cider, wine, or spirit. Dutchess County is home to a growing number of craft beverage producers, so there’s always a new beer on tap, or vintage being launched. Try a taste of these new beverages!
A “jewel of the Hudson Valley,” Clinton Vineyards is loved by visitors because of the magnificence and beauty of the site. They will be releasing their 2017 Seyval Blanc, which is their 41st vintage, and their first estate-bottled Pinot Noir – a limited edition that will only be available in Clinton Vineyards tasting room.
Located in Millbrook, NY, this winery has been providing the Hudson Valley with unique wines in a picturesque location since 1983. This year, Millbrook Winery will be releasing a new red wine with a unique twist. “Grandpa MacGregor Bourbon Barrel Red” is a red wine aged in bourbon barrels from the Hillrock Estate Distillery.
Cousins Aaron Browne and Chris Dorn are new to the Dutchess County craft-brewing scene. At Cousins Ale Works, they’ve created a chocolate strawberry stout brewed with over 60 pounds of hand sliced strawberries from Fishkill Farms. Keep an eye out for more seasonal beers flavored with peaches and pears.
This micro-brewery, which opened in Beacon in 2014, has an ever-changing menu, offering a variety of beers every week. Bring your own growler for a refill on game night! Currently on tap: Revolution Red, Darkness Squared, and Confusion. Soon to come: 2 Way Oktoberfest.
The most recent addition to the craft brewing scene in the Hudson Valley, Plan Bee makes farm-to-table brews from 100% New York State ingredients. The property’s 1830’s barn is now a rustic space perfect for tasting the farmhouse and sour beers, like the King Bee unfiltered lager, and the Raised Bed wild ale with lemongrass and bee balm.
Located in Staatsburg, the newest winery in Dutchess County, has already won awards for its Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Late Harvest Vignola, and its wines are being served at The Culinary Institute of America. Try their Proceedo sparkling wine and the Papa Joe red.