Sunday, July 15, 2012

Peekskill Brewery

 Ever since we visited the Ommegang Brewery in Cooperstown, NY last August, my husband has been interested in beer making.  He's even made a couple of batches of his own brews, which were quite good!  Friday night we decided to take a little drive over to Peekskill to visit the Peekskill Brewery, a microbrewery there.  It's a cute place with a short but tasty menu  (see it here), including several of their own beers.  If you take a little stroll down the hallway towards the bar area, you can see the vats where the beer is made.

We started with a local cheese and meat platter that had some new and different flavors, like smoked duck and a variety of sliced sausages as well as cheeses from Sprout Creek farm, a local producer up in Poughkeepsie.  My husband and daughter each ordered a burger, which was big & juicy and topped with all the fixin's, including really ripe, flavorful tomatoes.  Mark also had a rich and creamy macaroni and cheese on the side.  I ordered the fish and chips, which was fresh and crispy, with a side of lemon-parmesian fries.  Yum!  Mark drank the Shotgun Willie and the Eastern Standard and I had a Daywalker Wheat.  Once you get used to the more complex flavors of a draught, microbrewed beer it's really hard to go back to mass-produced, bottled beer!
 Afterwards, we wandered across the railroad tracks to the Peekskill Waterfront Green, right on the Hudson River.  We didn't quite get to see the sunset, as it was a hazy evening, as you can see from the pictures, but the views were still gorgeous.  I still love walking along a waterfront, whether it's the Long Island Sound, the Atlantic Ocean, the Hudson River, or Lake Casse.  There's just something about looking out at a stretch of water that's soothing and refreshing at the same time.
All in all, a fun and different way to spend a Friday evening!

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