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The Defiant Brewing Company

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The Defiant Brewing CompanyThe Defiant Brewing Company
Based on:
36 Beers
642 Ratings
Place Score: 91
Ratings: 35
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: n/a
Taps: --
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

6 East Dexter Plaza
Pearl River, New York, 10965
United States
phone: (845) 920-8602

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @defiantbrewing

Place added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-03-2006

Defiant pours a different cask conditioned beer every Sunday and serves slow-smoked barbecue food on Thursdays (wings), Fridays and Saturday (full menu), and Sunday (some or all).

They also have cheese and crackers anytime of the week
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Ratings: 35 | Reviews: 17 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by DanE:
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

More User Reviews:
Photo of JonAdams
2.95/5  rDev -28%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 1

No food, just beer! Adjacent to RR tracks, warehouse industrial location, all the usual good things that make it authentic...

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3/5  rDev -26.8%

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4.4/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of jeffleepa
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

The food is so good, they usually run out

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5/5  rDev +22%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.1/5  rDev 0%

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4.2/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.72/5  rDev +15.1%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of NJBeer265
4/5  rDev -2.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of Ron860
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

As the website states and I totally agree:
Defiant to the last drop!
The Defiant Brewing Company exists to bring high-quality, craft-brewed beer to the tri-state area ― that’s our mission, in a nutshell.
Everyday, we strive to create outstanding ales and lagers, challenge the conventions of mass advertised and mass-produced beers, and offer a unique production micro-brewery experience to our customers.
At Defiant, we use top-notch raw ingredients to brew outstanding beer. Our passion for innovation shows in the variety of offerings you’ll find at the brewery every day.
Come, bring friends, and enjoy ― take a tour, have a taste, and take beer home! <-- and eat! The kitchen is open…
Really enjoy visiting this brewery in Pearl River, NY. Always take home a few growlers for later too!

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

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5/5  rDev +22%

Photo of dogglebe
4/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

I visited this brewery for the first time in several years and I'm happy to say that things haven't changed. This isn't a bar but, rather, a brewery that serves its own beer.

The selection was good, with seven or eight beers on draft and three in bottles.

The atmosphere is extremely laid back and fairly quiet. Casual attire (jeans and sweatshirts) is the norm, though being dressed up won't draw attention to you.

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Imagine my surprise to find this bit of local brew flavor a few miles from my hotel. Cruised over for a quick bite and a few hefeweizens. Busy even for a weekday evening, the staff is attentive and friendly, and the BBQ is unexpectedly good. The utilitarian atmosphere is a bit stark at first, but then you see it become very practical - mugs cleared off the table, washed, refilled, food delivered, shiny tanks being cared for, all within a few feet of you. Growlers to go and beer share...

Photo of Skibum211
3.89/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

A great little brewery in Pearl River NY! It is in a great location too! When you get off the train you turn around and its right there. The Brewmaster makes some delicious beers, all of which are worth trying! If you are ever in Pearl River, and want a great beer, stop by and say hi to Neil and Ben!

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3.06/5  rDev -25.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.75 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5

I gotta say I feel a little mislead about this place.

The atmosphere was at best decent, granted I certainly wasn't there at a busy time. A warehouse style brewery with, on this day, AC issues. Very plain overall with a few chalk board denoting beers, activities, and specials. Brewing equipment and tanks are right behind the bar, working there way to the back.

Service was mediocre and without feeling - then he would disappear for 10- 15 minutes. That being said, I do think he was then only employee/bar tender/brewer at the time. The only complaint I was really have is that he didn't tell me they were cash only until AFTER he poured my beer, and there weren't any cash only signs within sight (or at least none I could see unless they were hidden, which also doesn't make sense). They do have an ATM in the back (that has a $4 fee attached to it) so at least there's that.

Beers were sub par. The "flagship" lager could have been the "flagship" at any home brewer's garage. I couldn't even finish their porter, and I LOVE porters (Edmund Fitz, People's Porter, Founders, Black Butte, etc) but this was horrid. Maybe it was a bad batch, but as my review says, it had a tough plastic taste to it.

Even though the other reviews are pretty positive, and I don't want to be mean, I can't hide the fact I have no desire to come here again. Hopefully their beers will improve, and the overall place will as well, and soon because I'm a staunch supporter of local beer.

Note: I just now noticed I'm the first to review this place since 2011...and there might be a reason for that...just saying...

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The Defiant Brewing Company in Pearl River, NY
91 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.