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3.75/5 rDev -10.7%
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 -4.8%
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 -4.8%
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 +4.3%
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
3.28/5 rDev -21.9%
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.
06-08-2014 02:17:19 | More by Rifugium
3.25/5 rDev -22.6%
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
Peekskill Brewery in Peekskill, NY
93 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.