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Peekskill Brewery

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

83 Ratings
Ratings: 83
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.95%
Active Beers: 50
Beer Ratings: 1,611
Beer Avg: 4.05
Taps: 16
Bottles: 100
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

47-53 S Water St
Peekskill, New York, 10566-2035
United States
phone: (914) 734-2337

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @peekskillbrews

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(Place added by: madmanjf on 09-13-2008)
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Reviews by madmanjf:
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4.03/5  rDev -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.

PRICES:

$5 pint ... some are $6

Flight of 4 .. $12 ... extrememely high price and not competitive.

SERVICE:

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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Updates:

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.

madmanjf, Sep 14, 2008
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I'm just now returning from my visit to Peekskill Brewery's tap room. I had honestly never heard of the brewery, until recently, so I decided to drop in on the way back home from VT. I'm just glad there was daylight during the drive there, because that crazy mountain I drove around to get to the town would've spooked me out at night.

The tap room (and brewery) is situated in what seems to be a refurbished warehouse or factory of some kind, with a sort of contemporary industrial flair to it. There are two floors, but I stayed downstairs. The bar seated about 20 people, with additional standing and sitting area around the perimeter of the room. I bellied up to the bar, considering it wasn't too busy. The crowd was kind of annoying...not sure if there's a college in town, or if it's just a "hip" hangout, but I dealt with it.

There was a good selection of house brews on tap, about 15, as well as a cask, and a guest tap, which was something from Troegs. Nice options, with many different styles to choose from. I wasn't really *wow*ed by any of the beers, but they were solid for the most part. Sampler flights were offered, so I got a couple, trying such beers as Simple Sour, Aristocrats, the three Standards IPAs, the coffee IPA, and a couple others. Pretty standard stuff all over. Good, but not enough to make me want more necessary.

The service was bad. At any given time there were 3-5 bartenders working the bar. There are certain simple things you expect from bar service, which should be cardinal rules that all bartenders should generally adhere to. Among these are: offering water, offering beer, offering food menus, asking for food orders once the menu has been on the table for a while, giving utensils when the food comes out. I received none of these, apart from my original flight of beers...after that it was a full 15 minutes before anyone even glanced in my direction for me to flag them down. Just downright bad overall.

The food was pretty good. Options were pretty decent, ranging from typical pub grub apps to meat and cheese plate, to burgers, to larger/pricier entrees. I opted for the mac&cheese, which--after waiting for 5 minutes for utensils--was pretty tasty.

Prices were decent, but veering on the higher side. Sampler flights were 4 pours for $10, which seemed pretty steep to me, and the food menu prices were mostly acceptable, but a little crazier for some items--I saw someone get the 3-sausage plate, which intrigued me, but I didn't see $24 worth of food on that plate.

I'm definitely glad I checked this place out and experienced what they had to offer. If you put one of their beers in front of me, I wouldn't turn it down. But I wouldn't go out of my way to get their beers, or revisit the brewery, especially with the shaky service.

Rifugium, Jun 08, 2014
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Peekskill Brewery in Peekskill, NY
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