Beech Tree Grill
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Taps: 11 / Bottles:
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 15 | Reviews: 13 | Display Reviews Only:
4.06/5 rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4
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
4.18/5 rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Nearly on the Vasser Campus.
Atmosphere: Nearly equal parts beer bar, neighborohood bar, small restaurant, and local haunt. Friendly feel. Small and quaint. The kind of place you feel instantly at home and comfortable at.
Quality: They beer list is equal parts great beer and equal parts average beer. The great beer makes you forget about the average stuff.
Selection: 10 drafts and about 10 bottles. Again about half great and half average, but a good variety of styles.
Food: The food was very good and very fresh. Also very fast as you can not only see the kitch, but you could probably tour it, if they could get more than one person in that tiny space.
Value: Another great return on price.
11-18-2005 20:18:56 | More by Loki
4/5 rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
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
4.13/5 rDev +1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5
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
4.43/5 rDev +8.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$
One of my two favorite places in the area to spend time at, the Beechtree is an awesome place with great food, good prices, and of course ... Great Beer.
With 10 Taps, rotated regularly, and an elegant selection of bottles, you won't be disappointed if you came for brews. Pints, Imperial 20oz btw, will only cost $4.50. This is an amazing deal.
Addition to the taps changing, the menu changes daily. You'll never know what will be available. Approximately 5 appetizer specials and 5 dinner special every night with suggested beer/wine pairings.
Although not bragged about, it's not uncommon to see celebraties here due to the close proximity to Vassar College. Parents of students, or participants in the summer Powerhouse Theater, has brought in some surprising faces. So pay attention ... but most importantly, be respectful and keep your distance.
UPDATE: Casks offered many Tuesday evenings. Keep up to date via BeerAdvocate Beer Calendar.
UPDATE #2: Beer Engine has been installed. The only real beer engine in Dutchess County. (9/2008)
05-20-2007 15:45:35 | More by madmanjf
4.58/5 rDev +12%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Went here after we found out the March Hare is closed Glad we did. We went on Labor Day for lunch. They were serving brunch and nothing sounded good so they said they would open up the regular menu to us. They won me over with that alone. The beer list was nice Prima Pils, Spaten Lager, 60 Min, Blue Point toasted lager,and the best was Oak Aged Imperial IPA from Otter Creek. Not bad 8 taps total and one cask. The bottle list was decent and well priced. The draft beer was very reasonable. We got an order of calamari and some bruschetta. Both were really good. The bill was around $35 for 4 beers and two appetizers. They had a nice outside area as well with some nice views of Vasser. It is in an old brick building with exposed wood beams with some old timey stuff on the wall. Excellent service all around. All in all this is a great place to grab a beer in Po Town.
09-07-2009 22:29:37 | More by aerozeppl
4.28/5 rDev +4.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
In an area devoid of many bars with good beer selections, this place seems to be an overlooked gem. On average, one can count on about 12 taps and 40 bottles, with all selections rotating fairly regularly. Quality, freshness, and proper glassware have never been a problem. Typlical draft selections from the past few months included offerings from DFH, Ithaca, Fullers, Brooklyn (including the always pleasing Brewmasters Reserve), Rogue, North Coast, Harpoon, Southampton, Blue Point, Harpoon, Smuttynose, Magic Hat, Fullers, and Stoudts among others. By the bottle one can find a nice selection of Belgians, including Nostradamus, Chimay, Delerium Tremens. There is also a good selection of domestic and international micros. No, it is not a knockout selection in terms of quantity, but the quality and variety are indeed there. Staff are not particularly knowlegable about the selections, but they will happily offer samples of what's on draft and try to a good job of helping customers who have questions. All drafts are $4.50 for a 20 oz. serving, which tends to be a really good value most of the time.
As for the food, this is one of the best bar menus you will ever find. Creative daily specials complement a great regular menu for a good mix of some typical pub food and sandwiches accompanied by a nice variety of creative and well done entrees. All specials offer a beer or wine pairing suggestion, which may make up for the lack of overall staff knowledge.
Service has always been great, especially while sitting at the bar.
The atmosphere is the definition of cozy, though things can get cramped when the place gets busy. Though it is right near Vassar, the clientele seems to be an older crowd for the most part, and is definately an eclectic mix on most nights.
This is by far one of the best (if not one of the only few) options in the Poughkeepsie area when you are looking for some good beer to go with a nice meal. Highly recommended.
04-19-2007 19:02:55 | More by belhav0322
3.93/5 rDev -3.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5
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
Beech Tree Grill in Poughkeepsie, NY
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