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Peekskill Brewery

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

79 Ratings
Ratings: 79
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.93%
Active Beers: 49
Beer Ratings: 1,610
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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Photo of nmoreilly
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%

Been to this place at least 10 times at this point - including last night - and have yet to be disappointed. The only minor complaints I would have is that the bar area is a little small and the over emphasis on New York state product. Personally, I would like to DFH a bit more (although I have had 90 a couple of times here), more emphasis on West Coast, PA and New England micros. Some recommended items would be the nachos, rosted pork quesidilla, wings. The burgers are good but personally I think they should use a different type of bun (too much bread)

In summary this is a great spot!

nmoreilly, Jan 16, 2010
Photo of MadElf25
4.01/5  rDev -4.8%

Although the beer is great and the service is good along with the atmosphere, the amount of space is to be desired especially in the bar area, going there on a friday or saturday night is never a good idea unless you go very early and have a few friends with you to save your spot at the table or bar space...but if you go on a weekday to try new beers i highly recommend this place. i have yet to have anything to eat there as of yet but when i do i will be sure to review it at a later date, i hope this review is helpful for you in the future.

MadElf25, Jan 05, 2010
Photo of slander
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

Meanwhile, in Peekskill, rte 9 drops to a single lane North of Louisa Street and then when I exit and wind down to the river, the goddamn arms come down across the road at the train tracks right in front of me. But wait, I can park right out front, views of the treed far parking lot hiding the river, am I not from the wrong side of the tracks? Well...

Bar side, 18 seat wood bar with a lip, shaped like an "L" but with rounded ends from extending barrels at its base. I had to sit out on one of those rounded ends once; they're awkward as they jut you out from the bar some, and they create inverse corners you can get squished into where the ends meet. Barback is a long counter top with tiered booze over mirrored panels and shelved glassware at both ends. Stand up cooler down on the end housing bottled selections, and more coolered below alongside some booze there. Bottles line the top across the unit from end to end, and a pair of 40 x 60 boards sit above listing tap selections.

Beige painted walls over wood slat lowers, decorated with brewery signage and trays and the like, and some framed black/white prints and wall mounted lamps over the adjacent seating. Flatscreens mounted above on both ends of the bar, and growlers from an array of New York state breweries sit displayed shelved up front and to the rear, in varying size, shape and glass color. Pressed tinesque ceiling tiles, with drop buttercup lamps over the bar and spinning ceiling fans. 2 shorty tables in the front windows & 5 raised bar tables across from the run of the bar, with a dart board poised dangerously in between. To the back and down around the bend, a long hallway with views along the way of a baby 3 barrel system in a tiny brewroom behind glass and a dining room down on the end, holding upwards of a dozen and a half tables. Same décor as up front, love, love, love that framed print of the old Peekskill PD car.

A pair of large copper piping "U" shaped deals extending from the bar holding 8 taps each; 16 taps in all. 2 house beers (the standard Paramount Pale Ale & the other rotating, a Vanilla Bourbon Stout), and 14 guest taps (Captain Lawrence Double IPA & Espresso Stout, Defiant Highland Stout, Ommegang Hennepin, Southampton Double White, Kelso Pils, Bluepoint Blueberry Ale, Lake Placid Ubu Ale, Yuengling Bock, Rogue Dead Guy, Sly Fox O'Reilly's Stout, Goose Island Honkers Ale, Widmer Hefe, Abita Purple Haze). They do a good job supporting the other local area breweries, yes, and I like that ½ or more of the taps are from New York state. Tonight was supposed to be Ithaca cask night as part of their Winter cask series but somebody drank it in Boston so they had to jam and came up with something from Sixpoint (wait 'til Otis sees us, he loves us!)

Started with the Paramount Pale Ale, tasty, nice hoppiness, and then the Vanilla Bourbon Stout, which was good, not sickly vanilla and thankfully hardly bourbonny. On a revisit a month and a half later, the rotating house beer had changed up to the Sally Sweeney's Oatmeal Raisin Stout, a solid Oatmeal Stout, this on nitro.

Bottles, a dozen plus imports, a smattering of things this and that covering the Belgian, German, UK and beers of the world bases, and nearly ninety domestic, with a few macros mixed in for effect. Including the 750's and 22's, roughly 1/3 of the micros come from NY state (Southampton, Blue Point, Brooklyn, Keegans, Southern Tier, Ithaca, Ommegang, Cooperstown), with the remainder being a fairly even split between regional and beyond... ah, you should be drinking the house beers anyway. Also about a dozen wines on the menu.

Had the money honey wings, yo, and the Southwest chicken sandwich sans the evil avocado was excellent; came with hooray bacon, fixins, and salty damn fries. My return visit found them honey wings to be gone, most certainly 'cause I had liked 'em, so I slummed it with the sesame soy wings instead, which were glumpy, not sesame at all, and straight soydium, we're talking enough salt for forever. Bring back the honey wings! Bring back the honey wings!

Thought from the get-go that they were dealing waaay too much bottlage not to distract from the taps. And with only a pair of house beers, I didn't think they'd get too much play, although I have found their house beers to be tasty and of good quality. I did however, have guest stouts from this county and the next that I thought were offish or odd, just my opinion, but I did eat from the dead palette man's box of cupcakes, and might have been effected as such. I like the house beers, and am hoping they blow out the front wall of the brewroom and expand it fivefold.

slander, Apr 13, 2009
Photo of JMcGraw
3.8/5  rDev -9.7%

The growing pains at the Peekskill Brewery continue into February- 6 months after the opening, but the changes they are making seem to be moving them in the right direction.

On the positive side, they have let the brewer go, probably a good move since the Pale Ale was pretty poor, and often unavailable. The second tap of their own beer (yes, they intend only 2 of the 16 taps to deliver their own brews) has been more encouraging. The Oktoberfest offering and the latest stout, (bourbon barrel vanilla infused) were actually good. Fingers crossed for the next brewer to succeed in making a tasty Pale Ale. They offer a fantastic selection of craft beers in the other taps and in bottles. In addition, they are doing different cask conditioned ales on some Monday nights for the next few months.

The place has been consistently packed. The noise in the bar is deafening when the place is full, despite the addition of some curtains on the front windows. An earlier reviewer mentioned Jets fans. Indeed, there is often and unfortunately a loud, sweatpants, backward baseball hat crowd occupying the bar stools. A friend described the scene as a drywaller's convention (no offense to any drywaller's out there!), and we've taken to calling it a sausage fest. Although 2 or 3 Fridays ago, about a quarter of the people on the packed bar side were female. Perhaps the end of football season will change this dynamic? The dining room side is generally quieter, no TVs, comfortable and with decent service. The dining room menu is different than what is available in the bar, so be prepared to choose between more pricey entrees in the dining room and getting to shout your conversation in the bar.

The food so far has been slightly hit and miss, but with more winners than losers. It seems like they are honing the menus and will eventually settle on some solidly good items.

So far, the consistent winners are - the (fantastic) mussels in a saffron cream sauce, bratwurst & knackwurst, liverwurst and other open faced sandwiches (sadly, no longer offered), short ribs, jaegerschnitzel, vegetable linguine, chicken fingers, and a really terrific mac n cheese.

N.E. clam chowder was a weak offering, thin, separated, not much clam flavor. The roast pork quesadilla was pretty awful, too. The idea of roast pork and pickled onions in a quesadilla sounds great, however it fell flat in it's execution and was inedible. The burger was really good once, juicy, nice toasted kaiser for a bun, but another time the bun was plain, untoasted and cold, soft sesame bun and the burger was bizarrely flavorless. The fish and chips were good, the Old Bay seasoning on the fish is sometimes heavy handed, and the fries have steadily improved since opening and have been very good lately. The brewery bread seems to have improved since opening, too. The Shepherd's pie has been consistent and tasty- although the rosemary mashed potatoes have now been replaced by garlic mashed. Maybe the rosemary mashers can make an occasional appearance as a special?

The prices do seem high- $14 to $22 for entrees. But, if that's what it takes for the place to make it, I'm happy to pay.

JMcGraw, Feb 21, 2009
Photo of plaid75
3.25/5  rDev -22.8%

Located right next to the train station, so a good central location with plenty of parking.

There were two entrances - one for the bar and one for the restaurant (although you can acces both from each door) located at the far ends of this L-shaped structure.

I glanced in at the dining room. It seemed comfortable enough, but I spent my time at the bar. The bar area was railroad style with an L shaped bar that sat about 15 and 10 or so dining tables. The space was incredibly cramp however. The atmosphere was warm though, and the staff friendly.

There was only one house beer on tap when we arrived - the Paramount Pale Ale. I ordered it and was told it was kicked and that a new keg was in the process of being put on. 10 minutes later I was told that the new keg was the dunkel. I gave it a try, and it was beyond bad. I still don't understand why there was only one house beer on. Did they only have one plae ale keg, or, as I suspect, they were only putting one Peekskill beer on at a time. Either way, I was disappointed. The remaining selections were solid local brews.

We ordered some bar food, and while creative ingredients wise, our dishes were overpriced and undercooked.

We did leave a cell phone there, and got a call right away, so that is a plus.

Overall, if you are coming off the train, it is certainly worth a trip. Otherwise, do not go out of your way for this place.

plaid75, Nov 17, 2008
Photo of rbastone
3.88/5  rDev -7.8%

OK - so Chris at Holy Smokes guilted me into updating my review - and - I am glad he did.

Dropped in on a Sunday afternoon last week - had a good flight of hoppy beers (including a PB house brew).

Service was good. Nachos were good. All taps were firing.

All in all - a pleasant experience.

OLD REVIEW BELOW....

18 tap heads with 7 kegs running? No 'home brews' - yet some 'impressive' copper....weird layout: bar was hopping w/ local crowd of Jets fans - restaurant seating was diner-like and almost as-if you were in a different place altogether (down the long, narrow hallway).

They need some time to get their act together - will give it a second chance in a month (if still open).

Sorry to have to post this since I live less than 10 mins away. Thank goodness for Holy Smoke's selecton - at least the 18 tap heads are always running with something well-thought out.

rbastone, Sep 15, 2008
Photo of madmanjf
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%

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
Photo of Billolick
4/5  rDev -5%

Brand new place (woohoo 5.6 miles from my house) Across the street from the Metro North station in Peekskill, just a stones throw from the town park on the banks of the Hudson River. Two separate rooms separated by a long narrow hallway. The room on the Hudson side is the bar and the northern room is the dining room. Tin ceilings, lighter wood, clean, light, bright and sharp looking in general. Friendly and attentive staff. The had about 10-12 on tap, all American choices and then about 20 bottles, mostly micros, but they do offer three or four selections from the Bud family.

TAPS included:
Ommegang Rare Vos
Capt. Lawrence (3 selections)
Caskazilla
90 Minute IPA
Bklyn Brown
Honkers Ale
Defiant Porter and one other
Widmer wheat
Southampton Double White
Blue Point Toasted Lager

In general no crap on tap, and they are brewing more of their own Pale ale. Not sure how many of their own they eventually will have. So beer wise they already are offering the best selection in Northern Westchester and hopefully this will keep up/improve. Food wise they also are doing a nice job. The menu offered numerous beer themed offering (plowman platter, Mussels, Brats etc) as will as several lighter bites, we shared a goat cheese/asparagus quesadilla and a garden salad and both were well done and tasty. I will be back to try about a half a dozen interesting looking things on the menu.
Not to be an old fart, but the front room is unusually LOUD, with a lot of "Bright" sound,people need to yell over the din. I believe this is a function of the no rugs, curtains or any other sound baffling in the room, hopefully this issue will be addressed. Go support this place and encourage them to keep the higher quality and more interesting BA worthy beers flowing.

Billolick, Sep 14, 2008
Photo of nesarebad
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%

Beer was good to outstanding. Food was good but a little pricey. The building is very nice and would highly recommend as a great place to stop for some beer and a meal.

nesarebad, Aug 31, 2014
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Peekskill Brewery in Peekskill, NY
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