The Hudson Valley Brewery is your one stop destination for a variety of Sour IPAs and DIPAs. Inspired by brewing practices of “traditional European breweries and the more aggressive, experimental practices of American breweries,” the Hudson Valley Brewery says it believes its beers stand somewhere between the traditional & the modern. Well known for their experimental take on beers and superior quality, this brewery is a must stop for everyone visiting the quaint city of Beacon.
What to Expect
The Hudson Valley Brewery has a wide range of beers brewed in styles including the New England IPA, American Wild Ale, Belgian Saison, German Pilsner, Berliner Weisse, and more. They currently brew around 200 beers infused with a variety of ingredients from fruits, flowers, milk, honey, chocolate, and more.
Their smoothie-style IPA infused with lactose and complex flavors is taking American beer to the next level. Even non-beer fans will definitely enjoy the fusion of the unique, aromatic ingredients of the diversity of beers.
The ambiance is super friendly and laid back. The staffs attentive and detail oriented. The premises is huge with an open-warehouse space. Best of all – the space is dog friendly.
According to Untappd.com, the Hudson Valley Brewery is rated 4.26 out of 5 stars. The ratings on Beeradvocate.com show the brewery averaged at 4.27. They also have a 4.9 rating on their official Facebook page and over 75 thousand followers on Instagram.
Moving On to Beers
The Hudson Valley Brewery has a huge selection of beers with a variety of flavors. Their Sour IPA, DIPA, has won over beer lovers from across the country. In no particular order, below are some of the most delectable, exotic, intriguing beers in the brewery.
Alcohol by Volume: 8%
A Sour DIPA with raw wheat, milk sugar, malted oat, cherries, dark chocolate and chamomile; hopped with Citra and Simcoe
Its appearance is a deep ruby red with pink foam that settles down quickly. Customers note that the beer smells of citrus, cherries, a tiny hint of chocolate, and a little earthy. In taste, the cherries hit first, followed by a subtle chocolate flavor. The chamomile in the beer gives it a twist. Lime juice and orange zest counter the slight sweetness of the cherries, giving it a perfect tart-sweet-bitter balance. Customers also often praise the malted oat and lactose that give the beer a creamy, smooth feel.
Alcohol by Volume: 6%
A Sour IPA with raw wheat, malted oat, milk sugar, strawberries, and vanilla beans; hopped with Mosaic and El Dorado
Amorphia is one the most popular beers in the Hudson Valley Brewery. It pours an almost apricot colored hue with plenty of foam that settles down quickly. The smell of this beer is often likened to a strawberry shortcake. The taste is dominated by sweet-tart strawberry and vanilla. Tints of raspberry, lychee, and grapefruit were noted by customers, but the finish ends with flavors from the beginning.
Alcohol by Volume: 7%
A Sour IPA with raw wheat, malted oat, milk sugar, lychee, chamomile and lavender; hopped with Mosaic
Another world-class beer from the Hudson Valley Brewery. Mirrorshield pours a cloudy pale golden appearance with two-inch froth. The aroma is a mix of floral-fruity notes – thanks to the lavender and chamomile. The sweetness of the lychee is also apparent. This complex mix of flavors contributes to the crisp wheatiness of the beer. Again, customers also noted lime/lemon in the beer.
Alcohol by Volume: 5%
A botanical Sour Farmhouse aged in oak for one year and conditioned on tangerine gem marigolds from the Hudson Valley Brewery’s own little garden
This one is quite intriguing. With a beautiful mix of marigold flower, known for its aroma and citrus flavor, these edible flowers make a lovely contribution to the earthy flavor of the beer. Topping it off with fresh squeezed citrus makes Blossom a beer even non-beer-lovers would love to explore. This beer has been aged for a year before being infused with the marigold.
Amulet Sour IPA
Alcohol by Volume: 7%
A sour IPA with raw wheat, malted oat, milk sugar, blueberries, and hibiscus flowers; hopped with Mosaic and Citra
Blueberries in Sour beer is an unlikely combination that still works! The mixture of sweet and tart is in perfect unity with the slight bitterness of the beer. Another incredible addition is the hibiscus flower, giving the beer a floral smell-taste. The pour is a deep ruby red, with slightly white foam. The feel is light and carbonated, medium-bodied, rich, and creamy. The almost bizarre and complex combination of the Amulet Sour IPA is what makes this beer a winner.
Glycerin: Pink Guava & Red Currant
Alcohol by Volume: 8%
A double fruit sour DIPA with raw wheat, malted oat, milk sugar, pink guava, and red currants; hopped with mosaic
The range of beers in the Hudson Valley Brewery is outstanding. One of the most popular range in the Hudson Valley Brewery is the Glycerin. This range features a double fruit sour DIPA, giving this beer a strong fruity base.
The Pink Guava & Red Currant Glycerin pours a hazy beautiful pink and the aroma is obviously a mix of guava and red currants, but customers felt slight hints of strawberry, pineapple, and more.
The taste is tart, and the combination of guava and lactose is wonderful. Other amazing beers in this range include the Glycerin: Blackberry & Peach, Glycerin: Pineapple & Peach, and Glycerin: Prickly Pear & Orange.
Alcohol by Volume: 7%
A Sour IPA with raw wheat, malted oat, and milk sugar with Koji grown on Basmati rice
Here, we have another in the range of exotic beers unique to the Hudson Valley Brewery, The Ikigai collection. Their attempt to reproduce the five basic tastes in a single beer – sweet, sour, bitter, salty, and Umami – is ground breaking.
This collection is brewed with Koji – a microorganism native to East Asia, used in producing alcohol like sake & miso. Customers find the Ikigai Sour IPA to spread itself in waves, with several layers of sour & sweet notes added with a grain flavor. The Umami flavor in this beer really pops out, making it one of the most unique in the list.
Other honorable mentions would be, ‘An outstanding Contribution to the Historical Process,’ Multichorus, Silhouette-Peach, and more. The list can go on and on.
When in Beacon city, you should definitely drop by The Hudson Valley Brewery for a good beer and some good company. They’re located at 2 Churchill Street in Beacon, New York, and you can reach them by phone at 845-218-9156 or visit their website.