'Tis the Season for Craft Beer Drinking

by Theresa (Rockabirdie) Rostek

Now, I’m not much of a beer drinker, but I am adventurous when it comes to trying new culinary exploits, especially local ones. Also, my friend from Long Island knew where the Beacon train station was on MetroNorth and bought his ticket on the same day I told him about the festival. More reason to be excited!



Once through the entrance line into the park and with a beer tasting glass and tickets in hand, we headed to the shortest line, which happened to be Gilded Otter. I tried their Pumpkin Ale and was glad I did. It was full of cloves and made me think of the approaching Fall.


This was the first beer of the day.

#Freedom Craft Brewery was following HRCBF tweets and tweeted my friend to stop by their tent. We hunted them down next to say hi (and try their beer!)


Captain Lawrence Brewery’s Liquid Gold was my favorite of the day. Floral and smooth, not too bitter at all. I was excited to find that my local gas station stocks it, so I can get it whenever I want.

Tacos and sriracha. Perfect with a brew.


Knowing I needed some food to go with my drinks, my friend spied the Tito Santana Taqueria tent, so we headed there based on the name. We both got a chicken and pork taco and sat in the grass. Afterwards, he got a cupcake, and we sampled bacon peppercorn cheese from Palantine Cheese and listened to live music.



Palantine had at least 10 different types of cheese with them. And they were all tasty.


As we walked from the tent where we filled up with Keegan Ales’ Hurricane Kitty, I located the Yum Yum Noodle Bar truck at the end and ordered pork ramen miso soup. I will definitely be making a trip out to Woodstock or Kingston to visit them again to try out their other soups and noodles. I didn’t even get a chance to take a picture before I demolished it.


So instead of an empty container, here’s a picture of some beer cupcakes.

We made a few more rounds before I had to cut myself off so I could drive myself home. My friend was lucky: he just had to hop onto MetroNorth.



By late afternoon, I was happy and full of noodles and beer and had a pamphlet full of all the other craft beer and amazing food I had not sampled, but will visit in the future. Next year I will make sure to invite all of my friends from the city to enjoy what the Hudson Valley has to offer.

Beer, food and friends. What could be any better?


Cover photo courtesy of Hudson River Craft Beer Festival. Check out all of their awesome pictures from the September 21 event on their facebook page


Want more Fun? Check out Bethel Woods Center for the Arts Craft Beer Festival and Chili Cook-Off this weekend - Saturday 12:30 - 5pm ($45)