Hello Beer Friends Nation! In New York City, we have plenty of options. We've got a bunch of great beer bars, a bunch of great beer stores and countless public transportation opinions to breweries within a few hours. Take LIRR (Long Island Railroad) to Patchogue and a brief walk lands you at Blue Point. A few subway and bus transfers within the city puts you at Sixpoint. A subway ride to 14th Street to the L Train can take you out to Brooklyn Brewery. Take the Metro North up east of the Hudson River and you'll come across Peekskill and the Peekskill Brewery directly off the train. After a 3 hour hike in Cold Spring, NY, this Beer Friend got off the Metro North after a few stops south and tried a few pints.
Midnight Toker was a Black IPA brewed with coffee from CoffeeLabs in Terrytown, NY. I can't remember a IPA brewed with coffee before, but the roasted malt characteristics of a Black IPA lend itself to a porter or stout so this combination was perfect. I actually "bookended" my drinking with this brew, started and ended it was so good.
Night Walker was a black hopped wheat beer. This was a good beer, but I didn't feel it really achieved anything that it was going for. I'd never turn one down because it was good, but while looking for the perfect black hopped pale wheat beer... I'd look elsewhere (if another one actually exist)
Hop Common was a decent hopped amber brew. A little high on the ABV (5.7%) to enjoy one or two but I could definitely do a evening of a few of this beer and be perfectly ok.
Eastern Standard is their basic IPA. This was good, not great (see the next beer), but gave a decent hop characteristic with a flowery/citrusy finish. Another good one for the night.
Double Standard was the double IPA version of the Eastern Standard. This was very impressive with a bit of a punch to wake you up and remind you of the 8.3% ABV it carries. Certainly a drinkable beer but the high ABV will sneak up on you.
In addition to the brews, the kitchen was excellent. After a pickle pot (assorted pickled vegetables) and a BBQ Chicken sandwich, I was good to run and catch the 5:19p back to Harlem on the Metro North. Overall a very pleasant time and I look forward to visiting again.
Speaking of visiting again... October 13th will be their Hudson Hop and Harvest party where they'll be opening up the new brewery located on Water St (I'm told within sight of the current location and train station).
The Peekskill Brewery is located at 55 Hudson Ave, Peekskill, NY
The brewpub is open Sunday - Thursday 11am - 1am, and Friday/Saturday 11am - 2am The kitchen is open Sunday - Thursday 12pm - 11pm and Friday/Saturday 12pm - 12am [googlemaps https://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=The+Peekskill+Brewery,+Hudson+Avenue,+Peekskill,+NY&aq=0&oq=the+peekskill+brewery&sll=40.697488,-73.979681&sspn=0.673638,1.400757&ie=UTF8&hq=The+Peekskill+Brewery,&hnear=Hudson+Ave,+Peekskill,+Westchester,+New+York+10566&t=m&ll=41.285772,-73.929856&spn=0.006295,0.012082&output=embed&w=425&h=350]