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The Defiant Brewing Company

Not Rated.
The Defiant Brewing CompanyThe Defiant Brewing Company
Based on:
36 Beers
235 Reviews
Place Score: 90
Reviews: 18
Visits: 40
rAvg: 4.02
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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Reviews: 18 | Visits: 40
Reviews by DanE:
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

More User Reviews:
Photo of gilchrist_whitedale
4.06/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5

Didn't eat, but have been informed the BBQ is top notch. Defiant is exactly what you'd expect to find for a brewery/bar. Nice long bar and tables along the wall. We had no service problems whatsoever. In fact, the bartender came and chatted with us over what we wanted to try next to compliment what we just had. My only complaints are 1) tiny, one-person bathroom (one for each gender) that can get occupied for extended periods 2) they only take cash. ;) (456 characters)

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.14/5  rDev -21.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 1.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Stopped by this place on a whim after visiting Captain Lawrence. Easy enough to find along a train track with a good amount of designated parking.

The place has a small outdoor area and a long bar so there's plenty of seating. The tasting room was not very busy when we first arrived, maybe 10 or so total people with one bartender. There were about 8-10 offerings on tap of a variety of styles. Be forewarned, this place offers no flights or samplers of any kind (and seemed kind of perturbed at my request to try some samplers... who would have thunk wanting to try all of your beers would be so frowned upon?) They either offer 10 oz. mugs for $4.25 or 25 oz. mugs for $10. After just paying less than $1/sample at Captain Lawrence, these prices seemed a little high for an 'up and coming' brewery.

Also of note, don't ask for a print out of what's on tap with descriptions... you'll just be directed to decipher what you want from one of two darkly lit chalkboards with what's on tap with just the beer names and no ABV or styles listed. They offer BBQ food which was pretty good and hit the spot.

As for the service, it was pretty subpar. Even with only 10 or so people there, mine and my gf's empty glasses were passed by several times and we were rarely checked on. Once we were finally attended to and able to get another round we got a "Hey guys, saw you've been empty for a really long time.. what do you want?"... well, in the future maybe don't keep people waiting there who are willing to pay for more beers (this is while sitting at the bar mind you, literally made 10 or so passes before offering another round). My girlfriend made a feeble attempt to order a third a beer, but after placing the order and not getting the beer for 20+ minutes, we decided to just throw some money on the bar and walk out.

Beer was above average for what I had, but the lack of offering samplers and the really poor service would keep me from coming back here again. In a time where breweries are popping up every month, customer service is key. When almost all of them I've visited are beyond nice and friendly and go out of their way to pour you their beer, I'll skip the one where it seemed like too much of a hassle to even order a beer. Hope their customer service improves. (2,295 characters)

Photo of lifebeer
3.4/5  rDev -15.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 1.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of Ksilver2
3.79/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

V: Benches line the wall opposite of the bar. Seating area blends right into the brewery. A bit cramped but high energy.

Q: Has a typical barbecue restaurant feel but with stickier floors. From what I could tell the bar was well kept.

Ser: You can order food and drinks at the bar. Food came quickly and waitress was kind and helpful.

Sel: Beer selection was great, they have a large variety of types. Menu for food was limited but you can't expect much for barbecue.

Food: Food was great, the variety platters are worth sharing and you're able to taste everything.

Overall seems like a fun place to go with friends (628 characters)

Photo of Lucoli
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.75

Photo of JonAdams
2.95/5  rDev -26.6%
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... (125 characters)

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3/5  rDev -25.4%

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4.4/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of jeffleepa
4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

The food is so good, they usually run out (41 characters)

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5/5  rDev +24.4%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.1/5  rDev +2%

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4.2/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of rgirl
4.72/5  rDev +17.4%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of tikk
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of Ron860
4.3/5  rDev +7%
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! (804 characters)

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

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5/5  rDev +24.4%

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The Defiant Brewing Company in Pearl River, NY
90 out of 100 based on 18 ratings.