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Peekskill Brewery

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

89 Ratings
Ratings: 89
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.74%
Active Beers: 40
Beer Ratings: 1,581
Beer Avg: 4
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 SBXLII
2.56/5  rDev -38.9%

This being the 5th visit combined, between the previous location and new, the service is still pitiful. The last location was terribly cramped, and the new spot isn't that much roomier - maybe an extra 20 person capacity at best.

Between the four bartenders, it literally took 7 minutes to place an order, which I had to prompt, and that was on three separate occasions. After my first flight, someone presumably a manager/owner, took the paddle away and didn't even bother to ask if I wanted anything else. Thank you very much, m'am.

It's as if the ownership and staff firmly believe they're not situated in Peekskill, but Williamsburg or Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Far too obnoxious and pretentious for my taste.

The beer? Oh yea, right - there's better in the area.

If you're from out of town, and want to try a solid local NY beer, go across the Hudson to Chester, and try Rushing Duck.

SBXLII, Oct 12, 2013
Photo of ThatsThatDude
3/5  rDev -28.4%

ThatsThatDude, Feb 06, 2014
Photo of mediumtommy
3.16/5  rDev -24.6%

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.

mediumtommy, Apr 15, 2014
Photo of plaid75
3.25/5  rDev -22.4%

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 Rifugium
3.28/5  rDev -21.7%

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
Photo of otispdriftwood
3.44/5  rDev -17.9%

If I could have given a 0.00 for service, I would have. And the atmosphere rating suffered because of the poor service as well. A pretty busy Saturday afternoon with 3 or 4 people working? behind the bar and I couldn't get a 2nd beer after putting my empty glass on the edge of the bar [and having it taken away without being asked if I wanted another] and trying to make eye contact with someone. Great beer but the employees need some supervision or need to look at the patrons once in a while. I don't think it's too much to ask to have a bartender ask you if you want another, especially when someone takes the empty glass away. And I don't care if the person who took the glass away is a bar back and isn't allowed to pour; he can at least ask me if I want another and tell someone who can pour. If the beer wasn't so awesome, I wouldn't go back. Come to think of it, maybe I'll just get growlers from the place [if I can get anyone's attention to fill it, that is].

otispdriftwood, Apr 28, 2014
Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

acurtis, Apr 20, 2014
Photo of gwiedman1
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

gwiedman1, May 31, 2014
Photo of koopa
3.55/5  rDev -15.3%

Stopped in here (the small bar side) on my way home from Cambridge Mass. today and had a few drinks over lunch with a friend.

Atmosphere was my favorite aspect of the place....narrow rectangular room with a long bar along the left side and tables along the right. Tid bits of beer porn adorn the walls and the place offers about 16 taps. Bartender Mike was a nice guy and let us know about a fun Birthday event (street party) they do in October that I might go back for. Service itself was decent as was the beer selection. Food was expensive but enjoyable. My burger was massive and the fries tasty.

koopa, May 08, 2011
Photo of beenitty
3.73/5  rDev -11%

Trekked out to this place from the Bronx to chase down one of the last NYC kegs of Hill Farmstead Twilight of the Idols.

First I must say, the area around this place is beautiful. The bar is right on Peekskill Bay which is a gem of scenery.

Nice Place. Odd mural behind the bar, just saying, but overall cool scene.

12 taps, 6 in house, 6 guest beers. Good stash of bottles.

Good Prices on beer but kinda bad on food. ~6 per pint but my burger was 14$. I know its NY, but I've been to "pricey" places where my burger was cheaper and better.

Only kinda dissapointing thing about this place is that their house brews aren't that impressive. Tasted all in house brews and only decent one was Shotgun Willy IPA. The rest were definitely a bit amatuerish. If my buddy gave me the same beer as a homebrew, I'd give him props, but as a brewpub, definitely a bit subpar.

In addition, other than Hill Farmstead, the offers were very average.

One plus was that their bottle list had a few nice vintages that I took home with me including 2009 Goose Island Christmas Ale.

If not for chasing rares I probably wouldn't have come out here but the trip was a nice scene and cool for a good beer. If I'm in the area I'd definitely stop in for a few, but not sure if I'm coming back out unless I have a reason.

beenitty, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of slander
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

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
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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

david18, Jun 29, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

djrn2, Nov 09, 2013
Photo of JMcGraw
3.8/5  rDev -9.3%

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 rbastone
3.88/5  rDev -7.4%

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 Mfoleybrews
3.89/5  rDev -7.2%

A taste of Eastern Standard at Spuyten Duyvil in Brooklyn sent us up river to check this gem out. Seemingly brand new facility is modern and comfortable. Had a flight enjoyed almost everything! Hipster bar staff will keep you informed as well as provide a laugh or two. Good times in Peekskill a little over an hour for me to get there is worth it. Be back soon.

Mfoleybrews, Jul 03, 2013
Photo of lorkovicb
3.94/5  rDev -6%

Moved to Peekskill recently and am very happy to have the brewery a short 5 minute drive away. Very neat atmosphere with a modern industrial design. They have a decent beer selection with around 10-12 original beers on tap varying in styles. I preferred the Vaporizer after trying most of their beers after a few visits. They also open a new cask varying in style every Thursday which I haven't had the chance to get to, but have heard good things. Give this place a try if you are ever in upper Westchester.

lorkovicb, Dec 22, 2013
Photo of iBeer16
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%

First off this place is located about 100 yards from the Peekskill train station which is extremely convenient. Walking in you probably won't expect much as the place is very awkwardly designed. Along the left side is a rather large bar extending to the end of the bar side, and on the right side are inconvenient tables. This leaves at most a 2 foot walking area between tables and bar, which becomes problematic the more you drink, or anyt time after 9 on a Th/Fr/Sat.
Their new brewer Jeff O'Neil from Ithaca has really strengthened their beers over the past few months that he has been there, expect great house brewed crafts while there. In addition they also have a great selection of other micro brews and an intense wine list, maybe a selling point for the misses.
Their food is a bit on the expensive side for being bar food and all, but is usually pretty flavorful. Wings are delicious, especially paired with shotgun Willie!
The staff is very knowledgeable about their beer and can be extremely helpful. However, i have also been there and had some pretty big jerks for service which is never a good thing.They do have a restaurant side as well if youre looking for more of a standard dining sit down experience Overall, a great place to enjoy a meal and a few pints, however, I would reccommend staying away from there during the weekend after about 9 as it gets very crowded very fast. However, keep an eye out for them toward June as they will be relocating to a bigger spot.

iBeer16, Feb 08, 2012
Photo of modernartblues
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%

I enjoyed this place both times I went in. Have a half dozen house taps, half dozen guest taps and they do growler fills of both. Every beer I've had there has been strong (B to A-) with standouts being the Hop Common and the Vanilla Bourbon Stout.

Guest tops are always top notch (Captain Lawrence, Green Flash, Ithaca, etc.). Food is decent, but nothing stellar.

Price point is ball park for the area, happy hour is a buck off I think.

Cool place, will be back (located right next to Peekskill Train Station on the Hudson).

modernartblues, Aug 06, 2010
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

CTJman, Nov 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

Roze, Aug 05, 2014
Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Not too long ago I spent a beautiful, sunny day up north in Peekskill with a part-time-local friend. Nice that this once-ghetto town now has one brewpub, one beer bar and one quality beer store!

Our first stop of the day was The Peekskill Brewery. Completely empty at noon when we stumbled in, this is a sprawling place right by the train and the mighty Hudson River. We sat in the bar section- there is a busier dining area on the other side.

Nice mellow place with soft music (Coldplay, Jack Johnson), perfect for a relaxed lunch. Looks a little too new overall (shiny wood and all), but that's a minor quip.

Four house beers on tap, all palatable (Sally Sweeney Stout, Hop Common, Cream Ale) and at least one (Vanilla Bourbon Stout) outstanding. However, my friend, who is not a beer drinker, found them underwhelming.

Good selection of American craft taps too: Ommegang, Stone, Lagunitas, Ithaca, Pretty Things, Southampton...

Food is even better than the beer. A delicious farm-to-table menu with local items and excellent preparations. Kale tart, watercress salad and jar of pickles were all very good (and definitely unusual!), on par with Manhattan restaurants.

Unfortunately, the downside to all these goodness is the price. You would think you're in Midtown Manhattan! $10 for a flight of four house beers... $13 for a piece of kale tart... we ended paying $44 dollars for a very light lunch and a beer flight.

Too bad because I like the place, but no thanks... I'll go to Birdsall!

DoubleSimcoe, May 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

DrunkinYogi, Jul 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

newbeeraday, Nov 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

fosters9, Oct 27, 2014
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Peekskill Brewery in Peekskill, NY
94 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.