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Mead: The Oldest & Latest Trend in Craft Beverage

Mead: The Oldest & Latest Trend in Craft Beverage

Slate Point in Dutchess County Leads the Local Mead Industry
With a more than 7,000-year legacy, mead, a fermented beverage made from honey, is likely humanity's original alcoholic drink. The golden-hued elixir is coming back around for a victory run, with the ancient art form meeting cutting edge of craft beverage expertise. Like cider before it, mead is way different than what you thought. Get ready for your new favorite drink.

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Whitecliff Vineyard: Come for the View, Stay for the Wine

This Pioneering Gardiner Wine-Maker Celebrates 20 Years
In the fall of 1998, long before the Hudson Valley was national craft beverage mecca, before the words “Napa of the East” had ever been uttered, husband and wife Michael Migliore and Yancey Stanforth-Migliore produced their first vintage on the nascent Whitecliff Vineyard in Gardiner.

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5 Best Breweries in Dutchess County

With over a dozen breweries and more cropping up all the time, Dutchess County has more than enough on tap to keep beer lovers happy (and busy!). To get you started on your way to hoppy heaven, here is a subjective guide to the top 5 breweries in Dutchess County.

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Top 5 Breweries in Columbia County

With the proliferation of breweries over the past decade, it can be hard to know where to start. Stick with Chronogram as we tour the region's brewing facilities and taprooms to bring you the top 5 in each county of the Mid-Hudson Valley. Here are the can't-miss breweries in Columbia County.

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Industrial Arts Brewing Opens a Second Facility & Taproom in Beacon

In Spring 2019, Industrial Arts Brewing will unveil a second production facility, taproom, and event space on Fishkill Avenue in Beacon. The repurposed 150,000-square-foot warehouse will have ample outdoor seating and panoramic mountain views, a New York State-focused beverage program, beer to-go, and food truck partners.

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Hudson Valley Brewery High-Design Cans

Beacon-based outfit Hudson Valley Brewery is leading the local charge with their high-design cans.

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Over a Barrel: Quercus Cooperage Revives a Lost Trade

After teaching himself the lost trade of coopering, master woodworker John Cox is producing barrels to supply the shortage prompted by the exponential growth of New York State’s craft beverage industry.

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Potent History Comes Full Circle at Dutch’s Spirits

From Mobster Moonshine Operation to Above-Board Distillery
On October 10, 1932, the FBI raided a secluded, pretty spot in quiet Pine Plains—the tunnel-ridden, bootlegging hotspot of mobster Dutch Schultz. Eighty-six years later, the property is slated to reopen as an above-board brewery with the inaugural spirit will be Schultz wash, an original recipe updated for modern palates.

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Sake: New York's Next Craft Beverage Craze?

In April, one of Japan’s premier sake brewers, Asahi Shuzo, announced a collaboration with the Culinary Institute of America, to build the company’s first US facility in Hyde Park. The brewery and visitor center, a $28-million project that will create 32 jobs, is slated to open in Spring 2019.

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Of Microchips and Microbrews

Sloop Brewing Sets Up Shop on the Former IBM Campus
Hudson Valley history is such a rich mix—bread basket, political hotspot, industrial powerhouse, creative and culinary destination—there are upon layer of stories here.

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IHOPS: A Pumpkin Pancake Stout from Keegan Ales & IHOP

Keegan Ales has released a limited edition seasonal pumpkin pancake stout called IHOPS, in collaboration with the International House of Pancakes. Go get it before it's gone.

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Plan Bee Farm Brewery Throws Open the Barn Doors to their New Taproom

This Poughkeepsie Microbrewery Makes Beer with All NYS Ingredients
Situated on a 25-acre farm, Plan Bee Farm Brewery in Poughkeepsie offers a variety of complex and critically acclaimed sour farmhouse ales that are made exclusively with New York ingredients, from hops to malt to fruits and yeast cultivated at the farm itself.

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Hudson Valley Wineries Are Tapping into the Potential of the Cabernet Franc

A Wine for this Region
With its earthy and approachable flavor, the Cabernet Franc is poised to become the calling card of the Hudson Valley. Just in the past three years, the Valley has witnessed a shift from an unorganized appreciation to a passionate focus on the Cabernet Franc, and a new coalition is championing it as the wine of the region.

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Dirt Brew Hop in Orange County on June 9

Visit five breweries in the black dirt region this weekend
Dirt Brew Hop takes beer lovers on a journey through farm breweries in Orange County's black dirt region.

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Salt Point Meadery's Golden Elixirs

Local meadery joins the upstate craft beverage market
With locally-crafted alcoholic beverages on the rise in the Hudson Valley, Salt Point Meadery is entering the market with its mead, a honey-based alcoholic drink.

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The Craft Beverage Industry Flourishes in the Hudson Valley

Breweries, Cideries, Wineries, and Meaderies—We've Got 'Em All
Breweries and distilleries are seeing success in upstate New York. From beer and cider to wine, spirits, and mead, the craft beverage industry is booming across the Hudson Valley.

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