Monday, May 28, 2012

Eat. Drink. Be Married: Part I

If you haven't gotten excited about the craft brew craze yet, now's the perfect time. The Hudson Valley is chock full of breweries so check 'em out and make your local brewmasters proud by serving some   Hudson Valley suds at your wedding! Or even better yet, have your wedding at the brewery. Now that's really partying in style!

(c) Hudson Valley Brewery Ommegang in Cooperstown, NY

Here's a list of some great Hudson Valley breweries (and some others close by!), categorized by county:

Dutchess County
Hyde Park Brewing Company: located in Hyde Park. Check out this brewery for live music and trivia - perfect for a girls (or guys) night out!

Otsego County
Brewery Ommegang: located in Cooperstown. Although not technically in the Hudson Valley, this brewery was too good to pass up. Ommegang brews are available in most grocery stores but the brewmasters there have not given up quality for quantity. Be sure to try to Hennepin and the Witte.

Ulster County
The Guilded Otter: located in New Paltz, relax with a Guilded Otter brew after a long day of climbing in the 'Gunks.

Keegan Ales: located in Kingston. This brewery is next on HVG's list of places to visit! Keegan does Trivia Tuesdays and live music five nights a week! Plus, on Thursdays, Keegan Ales says "thank you" to all of their local supporters with $3 mason jars.

Newburgh Brewing Company: located in Newburgh, the Newburgh Brewing Company is the newest brewery to establish roots in the Hudson Valley. Suds only available in kegs at this time but look for NBC in a restaurant near you!

Westchester County
Captain Lawrence Brewing Company: located in Elmsford, this is a Hudson Valley Green favorite! Two "must tastes" are the Family Meal and the Smoked Porter. Want to have a wedding that's totally unique? Have your wedding in Captain Lawrence's tasting room and outdoor beer garden. The tasting room holds 150 guests.

Peekskill Brewing: located in Peekskill. Try the Vanilla Bourbon Stout. Host your rehearsal dinner at Peekskill Brewing's dining room or better yet, have Peekskill come to you with their full service catering.

The Five Boroughs 
Brooklyn Brewery: located in, you guessed it, Brooklyn. Another Hudson Valley Green favorite. Host your private event, from 20 to 200 guests, right in the brewery. Brooklyn Brewery has partnered with several local restaurants to provide catering.

Chelsea Brewery: located on Pier 59, this brewery can host (what an amazing location this place would be!) or cater your event.

Heartland Brewery: several locations but HVG's favorite is right next to the Empire State Building. Check at the views at the top then head down to ground level to enjoy a homemade brew or two.

Long Island 
Blue Point Brewing Company: located in Patchogue (Suffolk County). Small tasting room but big taste. Try the Blueberry Ale!

What's your favorite New York brewery? Let us know by leaving a comment! 

Happy Planning, 

And one more thing....look for "Eat. Drink. Be Married: Part II" coming soon! 

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