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Active Beers: 44
Beer Ratings: 1,152
Beer Avg: 4.1
Taps: 16 / Bottles: 100
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 52 | Reviews: 33 | Show All Ratings:
3.75/5 rDev -11.3%
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.
04-13-2009 02:36:17 | More by slander
4/5 rDev -5.4%
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.
Ommegang Rare Vos
Capt. Lawrence (3 selections)
90 Minute IPA
Defiant Porter and one other
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.
09-14-2008 12:09:03 | More by Billolick
4/5 rDev -5.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$$$
Not too long ago I spent a beautiful, sunny day up north in Peekskill with a part-time-local friend. Nice that this once-ghetto town now has one brewpub, one beer bar and one quality beer store!
Our first stop of the day was The Peekskill Brewery. Completely empty at noon when we stumbled in, this is a sprawling place right by the train and the mighty Hudson River. We sat in the bar section- there is a busier dining area on the other side.
Nice mellow place with soft music (Coldplay, Jack Johnson), perfect for a relaxed lunch. Looks a little too new overall (shiny wood and all), but that's a minor quip.
Four house beers on tap, all palatable (Sally Sweeney Stout, Hop Common, Cream Ale) and at least one (Vanilla Bourbon Stout) outstanding. However, my friend, who is not a beer drinker, found them underwhelming.
Good selection of American craft taps too: Ommegang, Stone, Lagunitas, Ithaca, Pretty Things, Southampton...
Food is even better than the beer. A delicious farm-to-table menu with local items and excellent preparations. Kale tart, watercress salad and jar of pickles were all very good (and definitely unusual!), on par with Manhattan restaurants.
Unfortunately, the downside to all these goodness is the price. You would think you're in Midtown Manhattan! $10 for a flight of four house beers... $13 for a piece of kale tart... we ended paying $44 dollars for a very light lunch and a beer flight.
Too bad because I like the place, but no thanks... I'll go to Birdsall!
05-18-2011 21:26:34 | More by DoubleSimcoe
4.38/5 rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.75 | $$
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.
10-21-2013 17:15:13 | More by sholland119
3.25/5 rDev -23.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2.5 | $$
Located right next to the train station, so a good central location with plenty of parking.
There were two entrances - one for the bar and one for the restaurant (although you can acces both from each door) located at the far ends of this L-shaped structure.
I glanced in at the dining room. It seemed comfortable enough, but I spent my time at the bar. The bar area was railroad style with an L shaped bar that sat about 15 and 10 or so dining tables. The space was incredibly cramp however. The atmosphere was warm though, and the staff friendly.
There was only one house beer on tap when we arrived - the Paramount Pale Ale. I ordered it and was told it was kicked and that a new keg was in the process of being put on. 10 minutes later I was told that the new keg was the dunkel. I gave it a try, and it was beyond bad. I still don't understand why there was only one house beer on. Did they only have one plae ale keg, or, as I suspect, they were only putting one Peekskill beer on at a time. Either way, I was disappointed. The remaining selections were solid local brews.
We ordered some bar food, and while creative ingredients wise, our dishes were overpriced and undercooked.
We did leave a cell phone there, and got a call right away, so that is a plus.
Overall, if you are coming off the train, it is certainly worth a trip. Otherwise, do not go out of your way for this place.
11-17-2008 14:52:08 | More by plaid75
3.55/5 rDev -16.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$$
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.
05-08-2011 19:13:37 | More by koopa
4.63/5 rDev +9.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75 | $$$$
A jewel on the Hudson. A great new-ish brewery run by the former head brewer at Ithaca Brewing Company who seems to have really come into his own. Every beer I've tried in the two times I've gone has been incredible, amazing really. Amazeball, Eastern, Double, and Higher Standard, Simple Sour, Moscow on the Hudson, Vaporizer, Awesome Sauce, and pretty well damn much everything is well-crafted, drinkable, and creative.
This brewing spirit extends into their food selection as well. The food is really expensive, mind you, but you get your money's worth. The poutine is excellent (every beer bar tries to do poutine these days, don't they? This is one of the best beer bar poutines I've had) as well as the burgers and everything else. Really nice people as well. There's a bald bartender with a moustache was working the first time I went who was super knowledgeable and friendly, talked to me about homebrewing and all the beers that were on tap. I wish I remembered his name! Table service was slightly slower than bar service the second time I went there, nothing that bad though.
There are two areas to enjoy the brewery- downstairs on ground level is a regular bar with a growler station. Not sure if you can get food down here. The growler filler is one of the most high tech machines I've ever seen. Upstairs is the restaurant. Worth a trip if you're in the area, and honestly worth a trip from anywhere in New York, really.
01-27-2014 05:38:26 | More by GreesyFizeek
4.16/5 rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
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!
01-31-2011 01:08:19 | More by porter17
4.03/5 rDev -4.7%
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
3.73/5 rDev -11.8%
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.
12-26-2011 16:56:54 | More by beenitty
Peekskill Brewery in Peekskill, NY
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