The 12 Best Breweries In The Hudson Valley & The Catskills 2024 - Hudson Valley - The Infatuation (2024)

Some people say the Hudson Valley is the Napa Valley of beer. No offense to those people, but they’re mostly wrong. Upstate New York’s local breweries aren’t just for drinking a few beers. They're the area’s new community hangout spaces—where you go to learn what’s happening around town, catch some live music, hang with the kids, and buy a few gourds from a pop-up farmer’s market, all in an idyllic setting.

Whether you’re coming upstate to eat, hike, eat and hike, or just cosplay as someone who doesn’t have to take three subways to get to work, here’s where to recharge and relax like the locals in both The Hudson Valley and The Catskills.

THE BREWERIES

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Wayward Lane Brewing

Brewery

Schoharie

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Perfect For:

Drinking Good BeerOutdoor Seating

Spread out on an old hop house farm in Schoharie, Wayward Lane seemingly came out of nowhere when they won the New York Brewery of the Year award in 2023. How did they pull it off? By brewing consistent hit after hit, with crowd favorites plus some more experimental styles. You can pull up to the taproom and enjoy a crisp, easy-drinking pilsner like Sanson or Foment or one of their many hazy IPAs, while also expanding your palate with a 12% stout called Hunk or a berliner sour like Merlin in Berlin. The taproom is usually playing ‘90s hip hop, so if that’s not your style, venture out to explore the farmland or sit in the barn where you can sometimes catch a local band. Wherever you land, definitely get some fried dumplings from the food truck before they sell out.

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Weiss Ferments

Brewery

Gilboa

$$$$Perfect For:Drinking Good Beer

At some point during your drive through the countryside, you’ll probably turn to your partner and ask, “Should we just move up here? Quit our jobs and live off the land?” You rationalize why it wouldn’t work, but then you arrive at Weiss Ferments, where Erica and Brian Weiss are doing exactly what you were just daydreaming about. Erica brews the beers using old-world techniques, with a focus on farmhouse and belgian style ales, while Brian bakes naturally leavened sourdough with a focus on New York rye. Pair those loaves with the Hold Fire porter or In a Word, Intuitive smoked rye and some small bites like olives, hummus, and spiced nuts. Just note that their small summer biergarten is only open Friday through Sunday.

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West Kill Brewing

Brewery

West Kill

Sure, you can do one of the famously tough hikes surrounding the area, like Devil’s Path or North Dome, if you want to wake up before sunrise and finish at dusk. Or, you can carve out a reasonable, short hike at Diamond Notch and reward yourself with a beer right after. West Kill is stretched out on 128 acres with some of the most impressive sightlines in upstate New York—somehow, you’re immersed in the woods but also able to see for miles, as the brewery is perched on a hill looking out over the mountains. It’s dog-friendly, and the perfect spot to relive your recent hike or bike ride (just, you know, not necessarily from that day). Their Brookie lager and Kaaterskill hazy IPA are the staples, almost always on tap, and the Earn Your Keep pale ale is a local favorite that pops up every few months.

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Return Brewing

Brewery

Hudson

$$$$Perfect For:Drinking Good Beer

Return Brewing was founded by former Sixpoint employees, and offers laidback vibes in an old Hudson tire repair shop. Their Polished Pilsner has become a local favorite in and around town as has the Westwhere West Coast IPA, which harkens back to the piney goodness of early craft beer days. If they have the Sword Lily Sour on tap or in a can, snag that one—you’re in for a tart treat. On the weekends, they have a rotating cast of food trucks set up to keep you nourished. And if you’re looking to make a whole day of it with a crawl, Union Street Brewing is just a five-minute walk away.

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Subversive Malting + Brewing

Brewery

Catskill

$$$$Perfect For:Drinking Good BeerCasual Weeknight DinnerOutdoor/Patio Situation

The town of Catskill (not to be confused with the region, The Catskills) is going through a population boom as people fall in love with the shops on Main Street and views of the Hudson River. Subversive Malting and Brewing, which sits just a few blocks away from Main Street across the Catskill Creek, is a tiny brew pub cranking out some amazing small-batch beers using all New York ingredients. The Rust American brown ale is a throwback with a malty start and chocolatey, caramel finish, and we love the Tiny Glasses kolsch and the New York Nectar IPA on a hot summer day. The chicken sandwich is also killer, thanks in part to local bakery See + Be Kitchen’s fantastic milk buns.

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Union Street Brewing Co.

Brewery

Hudson

$$$$Perfect For:Drinking Good BeerKidsBig Groups

Union Street Brewing opened in July 2023 and quickly made a name for itself by producing easy-drinking, accessible beer. It doesn’t hurt that they brought in a world-class brewer, whose extensive experience at Alewife in Queens and Sixpoint in Brooklyn lent some early street cred. It’s situated only a few blocks away from the high-traffic Warren Street—where you can easily drop a few thousand dollars on a ceramic horse or antique clock—and is the perfect place to sit down for a bit, have a few beers, and split some appetizers. The outdoor patio is dog- and kid-friendly (though on Fridays and Saturdays you’ll want to tuck the kids in by 6pm, when it becomes adults-only), so bring a big group and share the salad, big pretzel, and tacos, all paired with a Planning an Escape hazy IPA, or the Canceling Plans West Coast IPA.

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Suarez Family Brewery

Brewery

Hudson

$$$$Perfect For:Drinking Good Beer

Suarez was founded at a time when most breweries were packing in the hops, pushing the boundaries of ABV, and going big, big, big. When everyone zigged, they zagged, and created some of the most delicious, dialed-in pilsners, lagers, and ales using ingredients from local farms. They’re a bit like a master guitarist playing a blues riff—you know they can go off, but they’re focused on respecting tradition. That being said, the team at Suarez does play some jazz, so don’t be surprised to find wild fermented country beers with sumac, chamomile, thyme, and buckwheat. Their newly reopened tasting room is a simple space with shared long tables that invite strangers to meet each other and become fast friends.

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Lasting Joy Brewery

Brewery

Tivoli

$$$$Perfect For:Drinking Good BeerCasual Weeknight DinnerBig Groups

This Tivoli brewery’s floor-to-ceiling glass windows overlooking 31 acres of farmland and cross-thatched timber roof will make you stop and think: Wait, is beer … fancy? Lasting Joy does solid, homegrown beers with New York ingredients, like their fantastic Czech pilsner, hazy IPA, and for the somewhat adventurous, the English Beet stout (they use real beet juice for an earthy take on the London Pub stout). Bring the entire family, and order food from the food trucks outside, which rotate weekly.

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Kingston Standard Brewing

Brewery

Kingston

$$$$Perfect For:Drinking Good BeerCasual Weeknight DinnerOutdoor/Patio Situation

Kingston is exploding with new restaurants, bars, and event spaces—it’s walkable city life, right next to the mountains. Kingston Standard, located in an old transmission shop, has been a stalwart welcoming spot in Midtown for people who love fresh, crispy beers paired with some of the best pizza in town. The food and beer ordering situation is casual: hop up to the counter to see what’s fresh that day, then find a seat outside at one of the picnic tables wrapped around the building. You can’t go wrong with one of their lagers, but the kolsch and the schwarzbier are the standouts. If they have oysters that day, you lucked out—they’re a must.

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Arrowood Farms

Brewery

Accord

$$$$Perfect For:Drinking Good BeerKidsOutdoor/Patio Situation

Arrowwood Farms doesn’t just produce great beers onsite—they also have a distillery, and one of the best summer lineups of outdoor concerts and festivals (check their events roster before you go to see if anyone’s playing). The outdoor space is super kid- and pet-friendly: let the kids run around with the free range chickens and make new friends by the duck pond while you enjoy an Accordian pilsner, Mohonk IPA, or their award-winning sour, Porch. Typical pub food is the name of the game here—there are burgers, chicken sandwiches, and hot dogs—but be sure to order extra tater tots, because your friends (or kids) will sneak more than a few.

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Hudson Valley Brewery

Brewery

Beacon

$$$$Perfect For:Drinking Good Beer

After you made the relationship serious with a visit to Dia Beacon, celebrate at Hudson Valley Brewery’s clean, modern tasting room. They’re known for their sour IPAs—go with one of the fruit-forward sours that burst with vibrant color and taste, like the mixed berry or peach from their Silhouette series. If that’s not really your thing, try the Pillow Hat, a low ABV pale ale, or the Feel No Way lager. A rotating roster of food trucks supplies the crowd with sustenance, and local favorite Beacon Daily is a recurring partner. If they’re there, try the fried chicken sandwich on a biscuit—it’s Hudson Valley’s best.

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The Drowned Lands

Brewery

Warwick

$$$$Perfect For:Drinking Good Beer

It’s the dirt. And the water. And the care the brewers put into each batch. That’s what the conversation will inevitably turn to at this brewery just a few minutes from the New York/New Jersey border. After being stuck on the BQE and then jockeying around the GWB, Drowned Lands' modern country interior and rich, earthy brews are a welcome respite. Grab your drink inside the former reform school administrative building and then walk alongside the Wawayanda Creek. After your stroll, order one of their brick oven pizzas, which are a perfect complement to their award-winning sours and hazy IPAs. If you’re in the mood for small bites, go with the grilled peaches with whipped ricotta, hot honey, pistachio and basil appetizer.

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