Page 16 - Valley Table - Spring 2021
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                                  Beacon & Poughkeepsie
Double down on the Valley’s craft beer scene by stringing together stops at some of its best breweries and beer- obsessed restaurants. By Andrew Dominick
Start a craft-beer road trip in Beacon at Melzingah Tap House, where the 22-deep, mostly NYS tap list is available in half-pint pours. Pair your chosen suds with the buttermilk fried chicken sandwich with pungent, creamy, miso- blue cheese and spicy KFC sauce.
The new branch of Industrial Arts Brewing Company (with picturesque Mount Beacon views) is expected to open its full-service taproom this spring. Quench your thirst with a variety of styles, not just its popular IPAs. Pilsners, pale ales, lagers, and blondes make regular appearances in the rotation. In normal times, Hudson Valley Brewery is an ideal spot to spend a few hours drinking the entire tap list. Unfortunately, it’s takeaway only right now. Grab your phone, and order four-packs or bottles of their mouthwateringly sour IPAs for quick pick-up.
Next, head north to Poughkeepsie. First stop, Plan Bee Farm Brewery for their funky farmhouse ales. Grab a pour, find a seat, relax to sounds of live music, and then walk the property to admire (and maybe IG story) the goats and chickens.
After, drop by Zeus Brewing Company. On a nice day, hit the rooftop for views and European- style brews, such as Belgian ales and Vienna lagers, in addition to sours, stouts, porters, and unfiltered IPAs. Post-pints, make a sweet switch from beer to small-batch honey wines at Slate Point Meadery next door. Dry-hopped selections will remind you of a session IPA; don’t forget to grab some bottles or cans for carryout.
If you’ve got room for another round and
some dinner, snag a table at Mill House Brewing Company. A flight of five, four-ounce pours is the best way to sample MHBC’s repertoire, and the full-service restaurant has a large, beer-friendly menu, including solid wood-fired pizzas and
the burgers. If they’re offering Szechuan specials during your visit, they’re a must-order every time.
    14 the valley table april – may 2021
photos (clockwise from top) by tipsy social, by hudson picture co., by liam goodman

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