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Peekskill Brewery

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42 Beers
1,673 Hads
Place Score: 92
Reviews: 43
Visits: 107
Avg: 4.11
pDev: n/a
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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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

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.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 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!

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4/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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)
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.

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4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.75

This stop was worth every one of the 120 minutes I went out of my way to get here on a trip home from Burlington,VT. Peekskill is in a great spot right off the highway and right across the street from a riverfront park. Parking was plentiful on a Saturday afternoon.

Cool place inside with a long bar that seats 20 or so and lots of tables in the dining room. Bright, open and airy, which is not usually the case in a plce like this.

Beer selection as good as advertised or could be expected to be. Lots of hoppy beers of various style and strengths, a cask, a couple of sours, strong beers, lighter beers. Even a totally unnecessary guest tap or two. Not a bad beer in the lot. Shotgun Willie and Eastern Standard IPA were the standouts for me. I'd have filled the car with growlers if travel plans had not precluded our ability to drink them fresh.

Food was decent. Service was very good, especially given that the bar was packed.

Go there.


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Photo of Rifugium
3.28/5  rDev -20.2%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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 necessarily.

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 plates, 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.

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3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

This place gives the vibe of, "at one point we were hitting it on all cylinders food and beer-wise and now we're slacking and cashing in". Beers were all solid but nothing really noteworthy. Food was decent and over-priced for what you got.

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Photo of plaid75
3.25/5  rDev -20.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2.5

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.

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4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

V: Cool, industrial style with a cut-out second floor.

Q: There are higher-quality breweries in NY.

S: Superior.

S: Plenty of options, and very accommodating with growler fills.

F: A little pricey, but good quality.

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4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25

I stopped in on my way to Vermont. Beautiful scenery overlooking the river and train tracks. The bartender was incredibly knowledgable and kind. The growler fills are on the expensive side but a must stop for anyone in the area.

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Photo of koopa
3.55/5  rDev -13.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

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.

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3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Came to visit the brewery but it wasn't open yet. Fortunately they serve all their beers upstairs in the restaurant.

The restaurant definitely has an upscale feel and prices to correspond. But the food is pretty damn good. Peekskill beers that make it to NYC are always good and that was the case at the brewery, although on my visit, there weren't any standout seasonals, barrel-aged beers, cask or anything to get really excited about.

I'd give them a second visit certainly or drop in if ever riding the train up north because the train stops just steps away from the brewery and restaurant.

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4.63/5  rDev +12.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

A jewel on the Hudson. A great new-ish brewery run by the former head brewer at Ithaca Brewing Company who seems to have really come into his own. Every beer I've tried in the two times I've gone has been incredible, amazing really. Amazeball, Eastern, Double, and Higher Standard, Simple Sour, Moscow on the Hudson, Vaporizer, Awesome Sauce, and pretty well damn much everything is well-crafted, drinkable, and creative.

This brewing spirit extends into their food selection as well. The food is really expensive, mind you, but you get your money's worth. The poutine is excellent (every beer bar tries to do poutine these days, don't they? This is one of the best beer bar poutines I've had) as well as the burgers and everything else. Really nice people as well. There's a bald bartender with a moustache was working the first time I went who was super knowledgeable and friendly, talked to me about homebrewing and all the beers that were on tap. I wish I remembered his name! Table service was slightly slower than bar service the second time I went there, nothing that bad though.

There are two areas to enjoy the brewery- downstairs on ground level is a regular bar with a growler station. Not sure if you can get food down here. The growler filler is one of the most high tech machines I've ever seen. Upstairs is the restaurant. Worth a trip if you're in the area, and honestly worth a trip from anywhere in New York, really.

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4.56/5  rDev +10.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Tap room felt really welcoming and the bartenders were great. They could tell I was a beer geek and didn't hesitate sharing some cool beers with me. Awesome selection of stuff I don't come across in NYC. Food was all reaaly good as well. Definetely worth an hour and a half train ride on the metro north!

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4.15/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Arrived at noon today for a few tastes and a growler or two. Tried some good beers. Simple sour and styriana are really nice. Nuggy yum yum and hop common were solid. Nypa and eastern standard were decent. Higher tankard was the one I got a growler of. Hope to be back for amaze balls soon.

The pretzels were good and the service was informative and good as well

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Photo of porter17
4.16/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

We were there to have a quick sampler. I usually try all of the homemade beers but this ti e I only had the 5 beer taster. I was very impressed by the variety offered--from their beers to the guest beers. The beers I selected were all very good except one, which I did not care for. The atmosphere was good (the Jets were beating the Patriots) and the bar area packed. We sat by the window. The service was good and the value was reasonable. I recommend this place, which is right by the train station, so no need to drive!

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Photo of madmanjf
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Photo of beenitty
3.73/5  rDev -9.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

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.

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4.48/5  rDev +9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

I have visited the brewery a few times since its less than an hour away but I haven't taken the time to review it until now. There new location which opened over a year ago is spacious and has a few different set ups. There is a full bar downstairs which opens later in the afternoon/evenings and then on the second floor is a half bar and seating for dining. The half bar is nice because you can grab a beer or 3 and a bite if you aren't looking for table service. Overall a great venue and clean space.

The beer is really good, I've tried a majority in my time there. If its Thursday or Friday definitely see if there is any cask left because its usually something new and exciting. If you love IPA's they wont disappoint you. Simple Sour is one of the best sour beers I have had and its really drinkable. Amazeballs, Eastern Standard, NYPA and Higher Standard are all good choices. Overall I would definitely recommend getting a flight because they have a great selection.

The staff is super cool and friendly. I have found them to be super helpful and seem to enjoy working.

The food is good. I have only ate at the bar and the menu has some good selections. I had the burger and again wasn't disappointed.

Overall this place is great, good location and they make amazing beers. Definitely family friendly and drinking friendly. Check it out and I hope to get back there soon. Cheers!

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4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

My wife and I had been wanting to get to Peekskill Brewing for several months but living over an hour and a half away with a newborn made it challenging to get there. Well worth the wait. We tried all 12 beers they had on tap as well as an excellent Sunday brunch. For us the highlights were all of there IPAs (loved that they had everything from a very session able low alcohol IPA all the way to a very serious triple IPA) as well as the Imperial Stout. Food was way above average, almost exceptional gastropub status, for a place mostly known for their beer. Atmosphere was comfortable and spacious. They were even able to accommodate my wife's food allergies and the presence of my 7 month old son. Great experience and will be back whenever possible.

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4.53/5  rDev +10.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.5

This brewery is a standout amongst New York breweries and we are lucky to have a place that makes such great beer.

Very cool atmosphere, open spaces and great view of of the Hudson river and mountains.

Service is excellent. I have always drank and eaten at the second floor bar, the bartenders are knowledgeable, friendly and efficient. Brandon is the man and an asset to Peekskill. Growler fills on the first floor are done quickly, even had the Chief himself take me to first floor when it was closed to make sure I got a great growler fill out of the machine.

Selection of beer is outstanding. There are usually 10 or so beers on tap and the selection is consistently rotating. The beer ranges from solid to outstanding.

The food is pretty good, some stuff is really good, other stuff is only OK.

Prices for the beer are a bit high on the high side especially since it is coming straight from the source. But since they don't bottle and distribute I am guessing they need to maximize revenue at brewpub. Prices of growlers have increased recently and are pushing the limits as some fills are $26.

Great place, great beer and I highly recommend a trip there, especially if you are from NYC, take the train up. Awesome scenery on the trip and you can drink to your hearts delight.

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4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

My wife and I came here for dinner with friends on a Saturday night- making reservations earlier in the day for 7:30 pm -entering through the side door off the parking lot we took a peek at the first floor bar and through the window to the brewing vats as we waited for the elevator to the dining level on the second floor -the 3rd, 4th and 5th(?) level elevator buttons were taped off (we were later told that those floors aren't finished yet) - walked a few steps off the elevator into the large dining room where the mait're de told us our table is "being cleaned" and we could wait by the crowded bar along the short wall by the entrance - a few short minutes later she came over to tell us our table was ready - nice-
we got seated at a table along the rail which looks down into the first floor bar - very nice - the large and loud room has nice dim lighting by hanging pendant lamps with Edison bulbs - good atmosphere - the room feels very 'open' -
the menu looked good, with a beer list consisting almost entirely of house brews, with many styles represented -they also had Ommegang Hennepin and a cask ale from Rushing Duck - we started with some tasty appetizers and a dozen oysters - my wife ordered a short pint of Amazeballs, her now favorite beer, and my friend and I ordered a couple pints of Higher Standard ( which they describe as a 'triple ipa, ha!) -
good appetizers and good beer on the first round - the imperial ipa's paired nicely with the oysters and the wings my buddy ordered -
We ordered short ribs for the main course and Vaporizer imperial stouts - another nice pairing - for the next round we ordered some Midnight Toker black ales, which wound up being good beers to end on with their surprising infusion of coffee flavor -
too full for dessert, we left satisfied -
This was a very nice dining experience - cheers!

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Photo of MThiele360
4.95/5  rDev +20.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

After hearing great reviews of the restaurant and the beers, I stopped in here for lunch on my way down to Long Island from New England. It was well worth the side trip, one I would make again as I frequently travel between NYC and New England.

Tough to get a real handle on the atmosphere as it was mid-afternoon on a Tuesday and very quiet, but the space is nice. On street level is the brewery itself and the tap room - the tap room doesn't open until 3pm on weekdays but I did stop in for a growler fill on my way out. Seems like a nice space that opens on to the street. The upstairs pub was nice and open. Open windows looking out onto the Hudson on a beautiful late spring day was a plus. Open kitchen in the back left, well-spaced tables throughout the restaurant. I'm told they're planning on expanding into the other floors of the building.

Quality was very high. I sampled eight of their beers and none were a throwaway. The Eastern Standard is a stellar IPA, the Simple Sour is one of the best American berlinerweisses I've had, and the Higher Standard was a dangerously drinkable triple IPA.

Service on the day I stopped in was outstanding. I sat at the bar in the upstairs pub. The bartender was very attentive and excited to talk about their beers and beer in general. While I only actually ordered four beers (half-pints of Eastern Standard & Dream Of The 90's and full 12oz pours of Simple Sour and Higher Standard), I was also given unsolicited samples of four other offerings (Double Standard, World's End, DRye Irish Stout, New Wagon). As I was still talking to one of the other patrons after I paid my check but had finished the beer I was drinking, he passed off another small pour of Simple Sour.

Selection was excellent. They were pouring 12 of their own offerings on the day I stopped in, as well as a handful of guest taps including Captain Lawrence Smoked Porter. Pour sizes are 12oz/16oz full pours dependent on style and ABV as well as half-pints of all offerings. They'll also pour samples if you want to try something.

As for food, I had an order of the bacon-wrapped brussels sprouts and a bowl of the gumbo. The gumbo was solid but the bacon wrapped brussels sprouts were amazing.

Overall, this is one of the best brewpub experiences I've had in a while, and I consider myself a regular at the Portsmouth Brewery and make frequent stops at Cambridge Brewing Company and Southampton Publick House. Good stuff happening here.

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Photo of rbastone
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 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.


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.

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Photo of otispdriftwood
3.44/5  rDev -16.3%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 1 | selection: 4.75

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].

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Peekskill Brewery in Peekskill, NY
92 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.