Homegrown Libations: A local brewery tour across Ulster County

Beer-drinking weather is here. You’ll find some of the best craft brews in the nation in Ulster County—a hotbed for hop heads and beer geeks. The soil is rich and diverse, and area artisan brewers are passionate, talented, and deeply devoted to making Ulster County a drinking mecca. Some of these beers you’ll find in establishments across the Hudson Valley, some you’ll only have the privilege of tasting in the room where it was brewed. Whatever your sip of choice, chances are you can find a homegrown version of it here. Here’s a guide to the craft beers of Ulster County.  

 

Arrowood Farms & Outpost

Accord, New Paltz

Arrowood’s home base is on a sprawling farm in Accord, but there’s also a tasting room and farm market in New Paltz. At both locations you’ll find quintessential New York craft beer made with organic hops and grain grown on the farm.

 

Clemson Brothers Brewery at the Gilded Otter

New Paltz

This popular brewpub is a hopping spot in the heart of New Paltz, and features not only its award-winning microbrews, but a full-menu restaurant serving mouth-watering plates like pear gorgonzola pizza and an eclectic selection of “Brewer’s Plates” (think blue plates but better).

 

Great Life Brewing

Kingston

You can taste Great Life’s hand-crafted beer at restaurants and stores all over the mid-Hudson Valley—or you can pop in for an afternoon tasting at their Kingson taproom.

 

Hudson Ale Works

Highland

This tavern and brewpub is located just a stone’s throw from the beautiful Walkway Over the Hudson. With a menu of bar snacks and rotating beers, it’s the perfect stop before or after a leisurely stroll across the Hudson.

 

Keegan Ales

Kingston

This esteemed Kingston brewery has been at it for 16 years, building a stellar national reputation for itself along the way. The New York Times named Keegan’s Mother’s Milk stout one of the “10 best Stouts in North America,” well-deserved praise.

 

New Paltz Brewing Co. – Pfälzerbräu                                     

Wawarsing

This family-owned mountain brewery and taproom in the Shawangunks has a decidedly German bent to its recipes, with a rotation of brews ranging from the traditional Hefeweizen to innovative creations like a Sauerkraut Sour.

 

Rough Cut Brewing Company

Kerhonkson

Rough Cut has everything: Belgian Dubbels & Tripels, Winter Saisons, English Pale Ales, even a coffee and raspberry Imperial Stout. They’re heavy on the hearty, with a full menu of food to match, including dinner specials, burger nights, and wing nights.

 

The Brewery at Dutch Ale House

Saugerties

The Dutch Ale House is a full-service gastropub and brewery that’s been around since 1933. They serve handcrafted, small-batch beers brewed on site, but they also have a full bar of wine, cocktails and import beers, along with a delectable menu of gourmet tavern fare.


The Brewery at Bacchus

New Paltz

Bacchus Restaurant is a popular New Paltz haunt with an incredible menu. But their three-barrel brewery is where the real magic lies. Try the Wild Nothing—a crushable, juicy session IPA—or the Tiny Miracle, a farmhouse ale enlivened by oak aging and refermentation atop California Sauvignon grapes.

 

Woodstock Brewing

Phoenicia

One of the newest additions to Ulster County’s craft-brew scene, Woodstock Brewing offers a well-rounded beer menu ranging from the light, citrus-y Woodstock Lager to the darkly caffeinated Mighty Z, a high-octane Oatmeal Coffee Stout whose tagline is, fittingly, “No sleep till Brooklyn.”

 

Yard Owl Craft Brewery

Gardiner

Two friends + One passion = Yard Owl Brewery, a mash-up of old-world sensibilities with new American brewing standards. Yard Owl focuses on creating top-notch beer with the finest ingredients and careful attention to detail.

 

Always remember to imbibe responsibly. Learn more about Ulster County’s hopping hops-and-grain culture and start planning your beer tour at UlsterCountyAlive.com.