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Active Beers: 44
Beer Ratings: 1,165
Beer Avg: 4.1
Taps: 16 / Bottles: 100
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 53 | Reviews: 33 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by madmanjf:
4.03/5 rDev -5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
So ... recently opened in early September '08. This place is located a stone's throw from the train platform at the Peekskill Train station off the Metronorth Hudson line (NYC <-> Poughkeepsie). It's an L-Shape layout with the bar and high-top seating in one area, connected via a hallway to a dining area on the other side.
I sat at the bar ... Go Figure :)
Well, I was initially very disappointed. I spent $9 on a train ticket to find out that they were out of their own beer. All was not lost though since they had an excellent guest tap selection.
18 Lines of 100% micros: Widmer, Abita, Southampton, Kelso, Brooklyn, Captain Lawrence, Bluepoint, Ithaca, Ommegagn, Dogfish were some of the breweries represented.
They had quite a good selection of bottles as well. I didn't count, but I'd estimate around 20 various bottles including some macros but mostly micros.
From what I could find out from the Bartender (a very friendly and outgoing chap), they plan to have their Pale Ale on tap as well as a seasonal. So unlike most brewpubs, it doesn't sound like we should expect more than two of their own beers on tap at any given point.
I find this surprising and unique. From the business end, I'm not quite sure how they'll be able to justify the overhead of a brewing system while offering so many excellent guest beers .... but who knows, for every great idea someone has come up with, each probably came under some scrutiny and criticism. I'll leave the business end to them, and for myself I'll go and enjoy some good beers.
Their food menu consisted of a Starters section with most items sized and priced for two people. They had a small plate section consisting of burgers, wings, etc. followed by a Large Plate section oriented towards full size meals. These larger plates ranged in price from $12 to $18. While having the typical pub fare you'd expect, they had many unique offerings and ingredients. Some things that come to mind were sandwiches made with Duck Prociutto and a Quesadilla made with Asparagus and Fontina (if memory serves correctly).
So in closing ... definately check it out if you're in the area. If you're taking MetroNorth, it's a convenient place to stop over enroute to wherever you may be coming from or going to.
If you're going specifically to check out their own beer, I strongly suggest calling ahead to see if it's available. I suspect they'll be going through some growing pains with availability for at least a few months.
And in anticipation of a question ... "No, I do not know how large their brewing system is". All I know is that, according to the bartender, they had their Pale Ale available on opening but ran out of it last weekend.
$5 pint ... some are $6
Flight of 4 .. $12 ... extrememely high price and not competitive.
One thing I should mention. The bartender was very personable and attentive with a great personality. I can't say anything negative about the one I had on a personable level
However... I MUST STRESS that it's SO IMPORTANT to have people behind the bar that KNOW THE PRODUCTS as well as Craft Beer and Styles in general. This was NOT the case here. Bartenders in establisments like this should be well versed in beer styles and which beers are presently available and be able to offer recommendations after inquiring on peoples tastes.
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1) As of Feb 2009, the cost of a flight is down to $10. Better than the original $12 but still not competitive with what other establishments do.
2) As of May 2009, the service has improved since my initial review back when this place opened. The knowledge of the staff has increased behind the bar.
09-14-2008 13:57:06 | More by madmanjf
More User Reviews:
3.16/5 rDev -25.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 2 | $$$
The food is overpriced and not very good. The beer however is worth it. They brew a lot of different beers, so there is something for everyone. They even have cask ales often. Most of the beers there are on the safer side (no extreme flavors or ingredients) but are not weak in flavor as is the case with a lot of brew pubs. The bar is on the first floor with giant glass doors that open in the summer and allow for a view of the river. I have eaten upstairs several times, always had problems though with food or service so now I stay downstairs.
04-15-2014 16:10:35 | More by mediumtommy
4.98/5 rDev +17.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75 | $$$
My wife and I had our first "date" at the original location 3 years ago. Since they moved we make a weekly visit on our way back from work every week.
The service is amazing. They treat you extremely well and personally. Always willing to have us try new beers, or refresh our memory on ones we have had in the past, but haven't had in awhile. The place looks great, open, a lot of room and as a results isn't ridiculously crowded (read elbow to elbow) like the older place. There is seating upstairs for dining and a smaller bar, downstairs is more open with long tables and bar seating at the bar. All beers are available at either upstairs or downstairs bars. There is an open floor that allows you to look down through to the bar and people below, which is a nice touch.
What else can I say. Nothing touches this place in my opinion. I have brought friends and family here and they are now regulars or beg to go when we visit. Quality is a MAJOR focus here. The brew master is constantly checking glasses, lines, taps, and other equipment to make sure the product is 100% every pour. Every week they have a cask on of different varieties. They sometimes will mix two of their beers together for a cask or it will be a simulation run of a coming new or new batch of a previous beer. There is a beer for everyone, whether they are a craft brew "novice" or a genuine "beer snob"
I thought it was a little more generic at the older place. Now I would describe it as "high end" pub food. Their sausages, which are a new addition are made in house and are outrageously good. The pork confit sandwich I highly recommend personally. The only reason it's not a 5 for food is because I can see how some people might find the recipes to be a little "pretentious", but if you give it a chance, everything is good.
Overall, if you go, you will want to go back!
03-27-2014 17:57:54 | More by Astrolia1
4.4/5 rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$$$
Peekskill Brewery lived up to the hype to me. They do hoppy beers better than most and the other styles I had were world class or close to...
The appearance was nice... nice bar area with a bunch of tables surrounding the windows and walls.Very nice setting. Like an upper class bar/pubm
Service was vert good. Nothing super off the charts but they made great suggestii 2nd and answered all questions.
Selection for the beer was phenomenal. 16 taps, 1 cask and they had liquor for sale as well like a typical bar. Food selection was great as well and paired well with the brews. They had a chesse section sausage section burgers and others.. very game-y foods such as rabbit, duck etc.
Beers were phenomenal. Enough said. Look at thier reviews. Great selection and something for everyone.
Food was beyond phenomenal. Ao good and all went well with thier beer selections.
Quality... top notch. Worth every dollar.
Value... notice I said nothing about price yet.. Me and my fiancee had 3 flights of 4 beers($24 total, $8 each flight), she had a burger and fries($15) and I split a sausage fest with my friend (I paid $12 it was $24 total). I had an addition pint($6) and went home with a growler($25) ... $80 after tax and tip. I was blown away as that was very expensive. Basically they would charge $20 for a six pack of thier brew.. that is the one thing that will deter me from visiting more frequently. Overall you get what you pay for (maybee a tad too much) but they were world class and definitely recommend.
03-02-2014 01:03:36 | More by pjkelley82
Peekskill Brewery in Peekskill, NY
94 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.