The 10 Best Breweries in NYC(-ish)
Pre-Prohibition New York City was flush with fermenting, bubbling, steeping barrels of brewing beer, but it was several decades after Repeal Day that the boroughs began making a beer-industry comeback. Today, though, local breweries are in a revival, and New York now ranks fourth for beer shipments by state. So get acquainted with your neighborhood brewer--we've rounded up the 10 best breweries in New York City (and just beyond). Go forth and drink local.
Brooklyn Brewery Rushing Duck Brewing
10. Rushing Duck Brewing, 1 Battiato Lane, Chester
This Orange County-based brewery--which opened last year under Dan Hitchcock, who thought up the concept in his dorm room in 2009--shows signs of a bright future. Brews like the Beanhead Coffee Porter, which won the Hudson Valley Cup at the Hudson Valley Brew Fest, are innovative and exciting, and Hitchcock continues to experiment: In a Kickstarter campaign last year, Rushing Duck raised money to buy bourbon barrels for aging. On tap very selectively in the boroughs (it was recently pouring at Mission Delores), you'll find these beers are more prevalent in Orange County and the Hudson Valley. This is definitely a brewery to watch.
9. Peekskill Brewery, 47-53 South Water Street, Peekskill
Peekskill Brewery was at the forefront of the brewpub trend when it opened its Hudson riverside doors to diners and beer connoisseurs back in 2002. The brewery shows dedication to handcrafted products, which are well-balanced and unique; we're into its various IPAs--including the Eastern Standard, Lower Standard (a half-IPA), and Higher Standard (a triple IPA)--as well as the Simple Sour. And while PB (as it's often affectionately called) is distributed to upscale restaurants around Westchester County and Manhattan, it's worth making the trek to where it's made to sample the brews paired to organic, locally sourced bites like chicken liver parfait with onion jam, red wine gelée, hazelnuts, and toast points.
Newburgh Brewing Company
8. Newburgh Brewing Company, 88 Colden Street, Newburgh
Opened in April 2012, this young brewery pushes the boundaries of flavor (and beer names--Uncle Dunkel, anyone?) with brews like Chile Lime Stout or the C.A.F.E. Sour, which was inspired by Ethiopian sour beer and is brewed with Ethiopian coffee. The brewery also provides more familiar staples like cream ale, brown ale, and an English-style NewBurton IPA. The Hudson Valley taproom serves drafts, local wine, and food, though you'll also find Newburgh suds in bars and beer shops all over the city.