Newburgh Brewing is located in a huge 4-story warehouse that has an absolutely stunning view of the Hudson River. Owners Christopher & Paul met when they lived in the area around the age of 12 and, after a stint of going their own ways in life, came together to open up the brewery. With twelve beers on tap on the day of our visit, it’s not hard to believe that we were there for an extended amount of time (in comparison to the amount of time we normally spend at each brewery) hanging out with the staff and some of the locals. The taproom is one of the largest we’ve seen on our trip and the physical bar is a work of art. The great beer, atmosphere, and people make this a top notch brewery that you cannot miss.
On a cloudy afternoon in Chester, NY, located about a half hour drive southwest of Newburgh, we made our way to Rushing Duck Brewing Company. The brewery is the creation of Dan Hitchcock and is entirely a family operation with the support of his parents and wife, Nikki. Without investors to answer to, they make beers that they enjoy, including barrel aged beers. In order to get the barrel aging program up and running from the start they ran a successful Kickstarter campaign. Barrel aged beers are available in bottles solely at the brewery’s tasting room. This afternoon Dan was busy doing what he does best, brewing beer, so we spoke with Nikki in the taproom in order to learn about this young Hudson valley brewery.
The day brightened up quickly with a tasting of some of the Rushing Duck beers. On top of the War Elephant IPA and a new session IPA, Baby Elephant, we even learned some new vocabulary. The name of their year-round English old ale, Nimptompsical Ale, comes from Ben Franklin’s 1737 “The Drinker’s Dictionary” and is a synonym for drunkenness. The Rushing Duck name comes from a story told by Dan’s grandfather – they could get beer to go that was served in a metal pail called the duck. When playing cards and running out of beer, whomever lost that round would have to go get the duck filled and they called it ‘rushing the duck’. The brewery had new tanks arriving shortly after our visit and is looking to further expand distribution within New York. We encourage you to try some of these tasty concoctions whenever you are in the area and want to thank Dan and Nikki for sharing their story with us.
Once we were done with visiting breweries in Connecticut, we headed back into New York for the second time where we first ended up at Peekskill brewery in Peekskill, NY, north of NYC near White Plains. This is the first brewery we have been to that sends every single wort of theirs through a coolship after boil and they offer multiple different styles. As for the facility, it is a 3-story building with the Cheers-like bar area and brewing space on the first floor, a more upscale, family-dining area and grain room on the second floor, and the coolship is located on the third floor with some storage space and offices. The train from Grand Central Station in NYC comes right by the brewery, is about an hour commute, and the view of the Peekskill Bay is incredible from this location. Next time you’re in the area, be sure to enjoy everything they have to offer with a good beer in hand!
Our visit to Captain Lawrence Brewing Company was during their public hours on a Sunday afternoon. The weather outside was perfect for their outdoor area with picnic tables, so they were filled up with locals enjoying some beer in the sun. As we sat there tasting each of their beers, we were asked about our experience there by Michael Malone, who maintains Notes from the Tasting Room. Later, we followed the tasting room manager, Aaron Pozit, through the public tour at 4 pm with just five other people and learned about the company’s history, brewing process, and equipment. Unfortunately we were about a month early, though; they just had an Annual Pig Roast that was held on May 17th…
Although Sixpoint is not open to the public at all, we were able to get in contact with them to set up some time to check out their Brooklyn facility in the Red Hook neighborhood on a Friday afternoon. Most of the staff was there working away, but everyone took some time out to say hi to us, gave us samples of just about every beer they had at the time, and even offered us a slice of pizza. Most of our time was spent with Jamie who walked us through all of the areas of the brewery, including the second floor break room/ office/ kitchen/ bachelor pad area; the view of New York City from the roof is incredible. The experience there was top-notch and I cannot thank everyone we met enough for being as kind as they were. We were also told that some exciting news is on the horizon in regards to their Brooklyn facility, so make sure to look out for that!