Since I’ve relocated here to the Hudson Valley from my beloved steel city, I’ve been doing a ton of exploration. And when I say exploration, you know that equates to mostly scouring the areas best breweries.
The following locations have the BEST outdoor space to really soak in the natural beauty of the Hudson Valley. Leaf Peepers, rejoice!
1. a person who visits particular areas, especially in New England, to view the autumn foliage.
Yes, dear reader, it’s a thing. I never heard of the term until I moved up here but oh yes, it is a thing. Alright, moving on… Here are the breweries you need to visit while leaf peeping.
West Kill Brewing – West Kill, NY. The brewery, tucked away on a quaint country road in the heart of the Catskill Mountains, sits on a historic dairy farm with a gorgeous view of trees as far as the eye can see. West Kill relies heavily on the terroir from where they operate but what really sets their beer apart is their untouched mountain water. On weekends, they host local music acts and offer delicious food from Lis Bar. Keep your eyes out for West Kill’s very special key representative, Teddy the Cat. You’ll see the gorgeous Maine Coon struttin’ his stuff around the 147 acre property. He even has his own Instagram: @teddythebrewerycat.
Drowned Lands – Warwick, NY. A farm brewery founded as a homage to the dirt on which it was built. No kidding, it says dirt rich on their cans, which I absolutely adore. The two-story taproom is minimal and modern but without a pretentious or industrial vibe, which is quite refreshing. The crowned jewel of Drowned Lands is definitely the backyard, equipped with fire pits, picnic tables and plenty of space to spread out a blanket and kick it alone with a book or with some friends on a weekend. Pro-tip: try any of their Terra series and be sure to stop by Sugarloaf’s village and Wright Family Farm, just minutes down the road! @drownedlandsbrewery on Instagram.
Obercreek Brewing Co. – Wappingers Falls, NY. This place is special for many reasons. The tasting area sits on a certified organic farm from which they source ingredients for their brews. They offer only outdoor seating at this time, but it’s tucked away and quite cozy, with views of the farm and a few old barn-like buildings. The last time I visited, there was a hop harvesting party, where they invited anyone who wanted to help, to pick their own hops off the bine. Pro-tip: get a draft of their French Press coffee stout and thank me later. @obercreekbrewing on Instagram.