Peekskill Brewery


Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

47-53 S Water St
Peekskill, New York, 10566-2035
United States

(914) 734-2337 | map

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Added by madmanjf on 09-13-2008

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Photo of JoeBloe
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
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 LizCollins
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Absolutely awesome decor! The place is really nicely decorated, with a great big open room. One drawback to that was that it was a bit loud, but good crowd. Felt like a neighborhood place, coming from out of town but still nice chat with bartenders. Food took a while. Beers were great, and everyone around me liked theirs as well. They were willing to take the time to be sure you got the beer you wanted and giving different samples. Didn't try the restaurant part, but looked nice- much more open than the old place. Nice that they had the ballgame on, like a bar but with much better beer. Yummy pretzels!

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Photo of petermethot
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
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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Photo of BeahDrinkah
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Traveling through the area armed with beer advocate reviews as a guide I couldn't just drive by without stopping into Peekskill Brewery. Glad I did. Though ridiculously loud, the place had a very festive atmosphere. It was a busy evening with plenty of pleasant and attentive staff on hand. I was able to enjoy a couple of fantastic draft pours - Amazeballs and Flavor Saver - and appetizers at the bar at my own pace. Nice.
Clean and Professional with quality brews, I give this spot a thumbs up.

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Photo of Mfoleybrews
3.89/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4

A taste of Eastern Standard at Spuyten Duyvil in Brooklyn sent us up river to check this gem out. Seemingly brand new facility is modern and comfortable. Had a flight enjoyed almost everything! Hipster bar staff will keep you informed as well as provide a laugh or two. Good times in Peekskill a little over an hour for me to get there is worth it. Be back soon.

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Photo of DrankIT
4.53/5  rDev +9.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Outstanding experience, call for a tour the staff is very knowledgeable and wants to impress you they deserve a 5.00 in service but I think you can always improve. Peekskill Brewery is definitely an up an comer and they are still getting there legs under them in the craft beer industry. The beer is very impressive with a lot of variety for all types. Atmosphere is awesome with some very scenic views as they sit on the Hudson River. Great place to grab a beer in the summer! Peekskill is worth the trip you wont be disappointed

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Photo of drinker36
4.74/5  rDev +14.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

I visited the old Peekskill brewery location a few years ago and the restaurant/food/beer was nothing worth writing a review about. The new location and the beer deserves a glowing review so I'll do my best:

Net: In order, this place is worth the trip for the beer, atmosphere, and food.

Beer - Top notch. I'd had the pleasure of trying PBs IPA's at a Decicco's tap takeover a few months before and the ones I had on my visit were better than I remembered. The double standard (IIIPA) and Higher Standard (3IPA) can compete with the highly rated IPA's on this site. They have 5 - 5 oz tasters available too which is great for trying a few of their great brews.

Atmosphere - The 5 story building is right across the street from a nice looking park and the Hudson river. Great Views. Bar / Brewery on 1st floor and pub/restaurant/2nd bar on the 2nd floor. I believe the 3rd floor has their coolship (although I didn't see it) and I have no idea what is on the 4th and 5th floor(roof). The bars and restaurant are clean, minimalist/industrial designed and both the 1st and 2nd floor have tons of windows for great views.
***side note - As others have pointed out. Easy to take the train up from NYC. You can walk from the train station to the Brewery/Restaurant.

Food - high quality/high end bar food. Menu is on their website. I had the wings and lemon parm fries. Both were great.

Service - Great. I love when your server asks if you want another beer before you've finished the one you're drinking. Sitting with an empty glass is no fun.

Value - It's gonna cost you ~ $30 for food and a couple beers but the quality/value are well worth the money.

Overall: Great Local/space, Great food, Great Beer. I wish I lived closer. I will be back.

Improvement suggestions:
1. Open a Rooftop Bar (I've heard rumors) Would be killer to sit up there with the views / beer / food.
2. Bottle or Can your beer.
3. Never run out of Amazeballs! (I know there is a supply demand thing for the beer as well as the ingredients but this is one of my favorite beers ever so I had to put this on the list even though it's an unrealistic expectation.)

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Photo of MThiele360
4.95/5  rDev +19.9%
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 EDNOSE
4.71/5  rDev +14%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Honestly, I haven't been as pleased with a brewpub experience in a long time. That's as simply as I can state it. I had been once before to Peekskill under the old creation (September 2012). I liked the beer, the atmosphere was tough to really get a handle on, but the beer was excellent. The new incarnation is just fantastic.

There's the Tap Room downstairs. I only visited this for growler fills on the way out as I had my 2 year old in tow (and there's only high tops and bar stools downstairs). That said, the vibe downstairs at lunch time seemed pretty cool. The growler filling machine was beyond impressive! Very nice space with a view into the brewing operation.

We went upstairs for lunch. A very open space that I am sure is really loud when it's crowded. There was a decent crowd at lunch but open tables so that made the noise very palatable.

We ordered the corn bread skillet, the bacon wrapped brussel sprouts and the burger. Every one of them was top notch. Excellent quality, well prepared and flavorful. I would come back for the food alone. (The food was a notch overpriced for the are in my opinion - there's my one negative).

Then you get to the beer ... oh my goodness, the beer. Had 9 beers over 2 samplers (doubled up on Amazeballs - one in each sampler). There's 15 beers on tap. When there's 15 beers on tap at a Brewpub, when isn't one of them a throw away. Well, as I said, I only had 9, but none was even close to a throw away. They were all incredibly high quality. From the SImple Sour, to the Skills Pils, to the coffee IPA (I don't like coffee), to all the various IPA's ... oh, and Amazeballs - which is easily the best pale ale I've ever had) ... the beers are excellent.

Highly suggest you head on out there.

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Photo of cavedave
4.6/5  rDev +11.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Okay time to undo, and start over, a new day is here. Updated 2/25/13

Peekskill is in a beautiful building now, the bar area is street level. It is designed for maximum relaxation, maximum access to the bartenders and the taps, maximum area to party in groups. Gorgeous digs. There is a restaurant on another floor, which we didn't visit. Yet. The brew room is visible from just inside the entrance. I spent a good while staring with a smile here.

The beer, well what can you say? It is, plainly and simply, the finest beer made in the Hudson Valley. And yes I know the other breweries from north where the river is a stream to south where it flows into NYC. What is scary is this is just the beginning. One can see that Chief's creations here, once the system is dialed in and his customer base solidified, are likely to gain national attention. Already standards like Shotgun Willy and Amazeballs have been loved by many, but how lucky some of us have been to have tasted harbingers of greatness yet to come, Simple Sour, Wakeup Call, Midnight Toker, and a new beer of incredible vibrancy called World's End. An already delectable taste of a wondrous future. Makes me very thirsty. Yes, friends, the beer is amazing.

Food here is much better than it was at the other location as well. It is prepared wonderfully, served artistically.

Growler fills will soon be done on state of the art CP system, sadly they haven't opened that station as of my last visit. Have had 16 fills from their taps, though, and have found that they survive remarkably well for up to 2 weeks, which is all you can ask. Staff is friendly, know their beer, great pours.

Hate to give props to the guest taps for a pub with such excellent house beers, but even the guest taps rock. They love to showcase as local as possible, many great kegs have already been to the guest handles

So happy to set the record straight, and to say this is the best brewpub in New York State. Period. It is the Mid Hudson's version of the, RIP, Alchemist, in such a great way.

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Photo of iBeer16
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

First off this place is located about 100 yards from the Peekskill train station which is extremely convenient. Walking in you probably won't expect much as the place is very awkwardly designed. Along the left side is a rather large bar extending to the end of the bar side, and on the right side are inconvenient tables. This leaves at most a 2 foot walking area between tables and bar, which becomes problematic the more you drink, or anyt time after 9 on a Th/Fr/Sat.
Their new brewer Jeff O'Neil from Ithaca has really strengthened their beers over the past few months that he has been there, expect great house brewed crafts while there. In addition they also have a great selection of other micro brews and an intense wine list, maybe a selling point for the misses.
Their food is a bit on the expensive side for being bar food and all, but is usually pretty flavorful. Wings are delicious, especially paired with shotgun Willie!
The staff is very knowledgeable about their beer and can be extremely helpful. However, i have also been there and had some pretty big jerks for service which is never a good thing.They do have a restaurant side as well if youre looking for more of a standard dining sit down experience Overall, a great place to enjoy a meal and a few pints, however, I would reccommend staying away from there during the weekend after about 9 as it gets very crowded very fast. However, keep an eye out for them toward June as they will be relocating to a bigger spot.

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Photo of beenitty
3.73/5  rDev -9.7%
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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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4/5  rDev -3.1%
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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Photo of koopa
3.55/5  rDev -14%
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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Photo of IPA17
4.16/5  rDev +0.7%
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!

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Photo of rokosz
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Well, finally Westchester Co. has a brewpub better than a YRB (yellow, red brown). Amazing WestCo doesn't have more given the wealth in this area -- likely due to rent/property taxes. Peekskill lags most of the county economically but has been coming up (for years), which probably makes this affordable for the owners.

I was in at least a year ago w/Fam and sat in the dining room. I wasn't overly impressed then by the Beer sels. That has improved greatly. Hausgemachte DunkelWeizen was delish and the OldWagon (big) too. Wide selection of bottles big & small -- but generally very pricey (I thought even for WestCo). I was in with offspring so couldn't really trade the 2 Es in beerfly for an A. Intend to return for a session but gotta remember: extra bucks.

Bar area is more my taste over the DR. Lunch time on a weekday was quiet. Food service was slow. (Apps only) Food was acceptable but a bit pricey for the quality and portionsize. (aside: last time in the DR I remember liking the full meal) Crabcake was somewhat flavorless and too mushy. stuffed pretzels (ahh Carbs) were tasty but the Chipotle flavor was non-existent. Offspring liked the soda and chickfingers.

Street parking can be tough here. esp during week (and right now too because of infra-struction (RR station x-street has 2 hr parking) && across from dining room are RR permit lots (only avail to public on wknds)

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Photo of modernartblues
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

I enjoyed this place both times I went in. Have a half dozen house taps, half dozen guest taps and they do growler fills of both. Every beer I've had there has been strong (B to A-) with standouts being the Hop Common and the Vanilla Bourbon Stout.

Guest tops are always top notch (Captain Lawrence, Green Flash, Ithaca, etc.). Food is decent, but nothing stellar.

Price point is ball park for the area, happy hour is a buck off I think.

Cool place, will be back (located right next to Peekskill Train Station on the Hudson).

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Photo of nmoreilly
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Been to this place at least 10 times at this point - including last night - and have yet to be disappointed. The only minor complaints I would have is that the bar area is a little small and the over emphasis on New York state product. Personally, I would like to DFH a bit more (although I have had 90 a couple of times here), more emphasis on West Coast, PA and New England micros. Some recommended items would be the nachos, rosted pork quesidilla, wings. The burgers are good but personally I think they should use a different type of bun (too much bread)

In summary this is a great spot!

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Photo of MadElf25
4.01/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5

Although the beer is great and the service is good along with the atmosphere, the amount of space is to be desired especially in the bar area, going there on a friday or saturday night is never a good idea unless you go very early and have a few friends with you to save your spot at the table or bar space...but if you go on a weekday to try new beers i highly recommend this place. i have yet to have anything to eat there as of yet but when i do i will be sure to review it at a later date, i hope this review is helpful for you in the future.

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Photo of slander
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
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 JMcGraw
3.8/5  rDev -8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

The growing pains at the Peekskill Brewery continue into February- 6 months after the opening, but the changes they are making seem to be moving them in the right direction.

On the positive side, they have let the brewer go, probably a good move since the Pale Ale was pretty poor, and often unavailable. The second tap of their own beer (yes, they intend only 2 of the 16 taps to deliver their own brews) has been more encouraging. The Oktoberfest offering and the latest stout, (bourbon barrel vanilla infused) were actually good. Fingers crossed for the next brewer to succeed in making a tasty Pale Ale. They offer a fantastic selection of craft beers in the other taps and in bottles. In addition, they are doing different cask conditioned ales on some Monday nights for the next few months.

The place has been consistently packed. The noise in the bar is deafening when the place is full, despite the addition of some curtains on the front windows. An earlier reviewer mentioned Jets fans. Indeed, there is often and unfortunately a loud, sweatpants, backward baseball hat crowd occupying the bar stools. A friend described the scene as a drywaller's convention (no offense to any drywaller's out there!), and we've taken to calling it a sausage fest. Although 2 or 3 Fridays ago, about a quarter of the people on the packed bar side were female. Perhaps the end of football season will change this dynamic? The dining room side is generally quieter, no TVs, comfortable and with decent service. The dining room menu is different than what is available in the bar, so be prepared to choose between more pricey entrees in the dining room and getting to shout your conversation in the bar.

The food so far has been slightly hit and miss, but with more winners than losers. It seems like they are honing the menus and will eventually settle on some solidly good items.

So far, the consistent winners are - the (fantastic) mussels in a saffron cream sauce, bratwurst & knackwurst, liverwurst and other open faced sandwiches (sadly, no longer offered), short ribs, jaegerschnitzel, vegetable linguine, chicken fingers, and a really terrific mac n cheese.

N.E. clam chowder was a weak offering, thin, separated, not much clam flavor. The roast pork quesadilla was pretty awful, too. The idea of roast pork and pickled onions in a quesadilla sounds great, however it fell flat in it's execution and was inedible. The burger was really good once, juicy, nice toasted kaiser for a bun, but another time the bun was plain, untoasted and cold, soft sesame bun and the burger was bizarrely flavorless. The fish and chips were good, the Old Bay seasoning on the fish is sometimes heavy handed, and the fries have steadily improved since opening and have been very good lately. The brewery bread seems to have improved since opening, too. The Shepherd's pie has been consistent and tasty- although the rosemary mashed potatoes have now been replaced by garlic mashed. Maybe the rosemary mashers can make an occasional appearance as a special?

The prices do seem high- $14 to $22 for entrees. But, if that's what it takes for the place to make it, I'm happy to pay.

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3.25/5  rDev -21.3%
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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4.34/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.5

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 madmanjf
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
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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4/5  rDev -3.1%
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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