Beech Tree Grill
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3.1/5 rDev -24.2%
In the area for a wedding. Read about this place and saw it referred to as the best place for craft beer in the area. I was hopeful. I was excited when I noticed that they had Troeg Hopback Amber on cask. But alas, the list hadn't been updated and the cask was dead (erg). Now I had to look at the rest of the list. It really did not impress me-- maybe my standards are too high, living in the Twin Cities, where super beer bars are easy to come by. But c'mon-- I know enough about New York beer to know that there are some excellent craft beers coming out of the Empire State. Ommegang, Southern Tier, not to mention Brooklyn... and probably several more I'm not familiar with. Do you know how many New York beers were on tap at the Beach Tree? NONE. Not one. The only "regional" beer they had was the Troeg's, which they didn't actually have... After that, I suppose if you want to call DFH "regional," they had 1 of those.
I understand that people enjoy their imports, but they also had a bunch of craft beer from other farther-flung US breweries. Why not some local or regional stuff?
I ordered an Oskar Blues-- described on the menu as a double IPA (Gordon, I believe). Now, Gordon is not actually a double IPA, and what I was served was definitely not a double IPA. I'm not sure it was even Gordon, since the brewery's description of it mentions it having tons of hops. The beer I got (mind you, it was overly cold) had almost no hop aroma, flavor, or bitterness. It was quite toasty and caramelly.
I was given a 20-oz beer (as was my wife) without it being mentioned that they served beer in 12 or 20 oz. sizes. 20 oz was a bit much for both of us, since neither of us were that thrilled with our beer.
The food was good. Service was fine, though our server clearly didn't know anything about beer. Nice atmosphere. Maybe their selection is usually better than it was when we were there.... And like I said, maybe my standards are too high. But I'm used to finding local or at least regional beer available at a good beer bar/restaurant.
08-03-2009 14:24:42 | More by mtullius
3.93/5 rDev -3.9%
Unfortunately, I was in the throes of a pretty severe cold when I went to the Beech Tree, and to top it off, it was a very cold night in Poughkeepsie so there was a noticeable draft in this intimate place every time the door opened, despite the heavy velvet curtain that served as a makeshift airlock.
That said, I enjoyed this place substantially. The ambience is inviting: cozy, dark, with a small open-brick kitchen towards the rear at the end of a four or five person bar. No televisions, which for me is a real plus, but I know might matter to those heading out on the night of the Stanley Cup finals or something.
The selection was quite servicable--probably ten balanced taps and some 40 or 50 bottles of domestic and imported micros. The waitstaff was polite, cheerful, and efficient; they were extremely attentive (and the place was full) but not inclined to talk beer. Clearly, The Beech Tree is a restaurant first and a pub second, and to that end, the food was excellent.
It looked like an older crowd, patrons mostly for dinner, and this having been early on a Friday evening I might expect the clientele to shift over to the Vassar College set as the night progressed since the Beech Tree is on the border of the campus.
There are not a whole lot of good places in this town, and I too am glad to have found The Beech Tree. I'll be sure to return when it's warmer. Thanks to Lenin for pointing this place out.
02-09-2004 12:57:08 | More by longpondbeerman
4/5 rDev -2.2%
Located right next to Vassar, in the otherwise shitty area that is Poughkeepsie. Actually, the place is in the middle of a strip of hipster type shops and restaurants. I think gentrification is at work here.
The interior was small and cozy, with high wood beamed ceilings, hardwood floors, brick interior walls and Americana type decor. About a dozen tables.
The bar was of medium size with ample seating. The draft list included 10 taps and one cask. The selections included Winterhook, Sprechter Black Bavarian, ST Chokolate, DFH 90 Minute, Dinkel Acker, Guinness, Fuller's ESB, Hooker Irish Red and a Blue Point cask.
The lunch menu was diverse - I had the burger - which was delicious.
03-12-2008 20:27:56 | More by plaid75
4.05/5 rDev -1%
If you are in Poughkeepsie New York and want craft brewed beer you have very few choices. Of all of those choices this one is the best. Right across the street from Vassar College, it is a small place with excellent food and 10 taps that always pour pretty decent beer. No macro American Lagers on these taps. They also have a very nice bottle selection and an occasional cask ale. The staff is generally pretty good with two bartenders that stand out. If you are in town it is definitely worth the stop.
06-21-2008 00:20:28 | More by cdog3
4.06/5 rDev -0.7%
A visit to the Beech Tree Grill and then Half Time on the way out of town will forevermore be known as "The old Poughkeepsie one-two". When you pass over the Mid-Hudson Bridge, just keep going 'til you see the signs for Vassar College, and Beech Tree is located on it's Northern edge...
It's a one room establishment, with a 12 seat "L" shaped marble bar, a dozen tables lying adjacent and to the front of the room, and a semi open kitchen to the rear with a large wine rack above it. Brick walls and a red ceiling with wood beams, and giant storefront windows with large stainglassed uppers. An enormous wood framed mirror over the bar with bottled beer selections on a shelf overhead, plants here and there, beer neon signs and other brewerania, and large framed mirrors on the walls. Low lighting with colored glass lampshades and glass "star" light fixtures. Dark, yet cozy. Oh, and a great Bob Dylan Eurpoean Tour '89 poster in the corner near the entrance.
10 taps, an interesting collection. Guinness, Pilsner Urquell, Hacker Pschorr Octo, Landmark IPA, Smuttynose Old Brown Dog, Fullers ESB & London Porter, Otter Creek Organic IPA (listed as such, presumingly Wolavers), Flying Dog Old Scratch Lager, and the Southampton Scecret Ale. Guess what I had? Yeah. And about 2 and a half dozen bottles, some decent imports (Erdinger Dunkel Weisse, Celebrator Dopple Bock, Ayinger Ur Weisse, Paulaner Hefe, Maudite, La Fin Du Monde, Trois Pistoles, Delirium, Chimay, Nostradamus, Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout & Organic Lager) and a handful of domestics including Anchor Liberty, Pranqster and Druid Fluid.
Didn't get to eat here but I'm told that the food is top notch and I'll be back. The dessert listing was most impressive and they have a good selection of single malt scotches, small batch bourbons and ports. Yeah, I'll be back.
09-11-2004 03:38:24 | More by slander
4.13/5 rDev +1%
The Beech Tree is one of Poughkeepsie's most popular restaurants and has been since day one. A string of restaurants tried the location and closed quickly; the Beech Tree was jammed from the start. Great food, atmosphere, and a large beer list make it a worthwhile beer (and food) side trip from Half Time or any other Hudson Valley attraction.
Foodies will love Beech Tree. Poughkeepsie's proximity to the Culinary Institute of America gives the area tremendous dining options and good food is required to get local attention. The Beech Tree accomplishes this through a mix of upscale entrees and specials (beef, fish, pasta) and great burgers and sandwiches if you're on a budget; you can spend $10 or $20 and still eat well.
BAs will be happiest with a well thought out mix of international brews on bottle and draft. Good micros (PranQster, Unibroue, Druid Fluid among others), Belgians (Delirium Tremens, Chimay, Konings Hoeven), British (Sam Smith) and Germans (Paulener, Erdinger, Celebtrator Dopplebock) are all available. Celebrator was even recently on tap as a guest draught. Wine is available for those who prefer it.
Word of caution: not all of the Beech Tree waitstaff is beer enlightened so getting a proper glass sometimes requires patience. But the festive atmosphere should have you in a good enough mood to let it slide.
01-10-2004 17:42:13 | More by lenin
4.13/5 rDev +1%
My new favorite place to go when home from college. Its quite a find, right near the Vassar campus. Its a small place, only one room, protected from the bitter cold of the winter by a heavy red velvet curtain. The room was dimly lit with tons of wood paneling and breweriana adorning the walls. On the right is situated a wonderful bar with the tap tower at the back. The rest of the floor is taken up with tables, none of which seated more than four people. Behind the bar on the back wall was the brick covered kitchen which was partially exposed. The bathrooms were in the back and were clean and even had some good Far Side cartoons.
The beer is what I came here for and that is what I got. The tap selection was very small, but very well thought out. I think there were 10 taps consisting of the two usual European suspects Guinness and Urquell and then HopDevil, Brooklyn Brown, Otter Creek Copper, Fullers London and ESB, Old Thumper and Middle Ages Winter Wizard and special guest of Brooklyn Monster. Obviously not the massive selection of some places, but this was off-set by the 55 or so bottles they had. All the beer was poured perfectly and there were no off-tastes to be found. You can either get 12 oz. or Imperial pints. They also had probably 50 wines and a good deal of top-shelf liquor.
The food was just as excellent. I had a spinach and goat cheese salad with apples and a lamb raguot, which were both prepared very well. They obviously care deeply about the food and there were even recomendations on the menu of what beer went well with the dinner. The dinner menu changes constantly at the direction of the chef.
The service was also quite good. The wait staff as well as the manager were by constantly to make sure that everything was taken care of.
This was an excellent place to get a beer and some food. The atmosphere was very subdued and pleasing full of more sophisticated college students and an older set that probably frequent the place on a regular basis. Great place and worth seeking out when in the area.
01-31-2004 01:56:28 | More by GreatPondBrewer
4.18/5 rDev +2.2%
Nearly on the Vasser Campus.
Atmosphere: Nearly equal parts beer bar, neighborohood bar, small restaurant, and local haunt. Friendly feel. Small and quaint. The kind of place you feel instantly at home and comfortable at.
Quality: They beer list is equal parts great beer and equal parts average beer. The great beer makes you forget about the average stuff.
Selection: 10 drafts and about 10 bottles. Again about half great and half average, but a good variety of styles.
Food: The food was very good and very fresh. Also very fast as you can not only see the kitch, but you could probably tour it, if they could get more than one person in that tiny space.
Value: Another great return on price.
11-18-2005 20:18:56 | More by Loki
Beech Tree Grill in Poughkeepsie, NY
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