Have you been longing to head outside of your house to visit a local brewery? In most cases, depending on the brewery, you can pop in for a visit. Yes, there are a few "Covid" restrictions that have been put upon them, but they would love to see you and have you try their beer. 

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Do you have a favorite Ulster County NY Brewery?

Photo by Meritt Thomas on Unsplash
Photo by Meritt Thomas on Unsplash

In no particular order of beer tastiness:

  • Woodstock Brewing in Phoenicia
  • Rough Cut Brewing Company, Kerhonksen
  • West Kill Brewing, West Kill
  • New Paltz Brewing Company, Wawarsing
  • Yard Owl Brewing, Gardiner
  • Keegan Ales, Kingston
  • Upward Brewing Company, Livingston Manor
  • Roscoe Beer Company, Roscoe
  • Gardiner Brewing Company, Gardiner
  • Hudson Ale Works, Highland

The above are just a few of the many great breweries in Ulster County, a reminder to us that we don't have to travel far to get great local beer and food.

Are there still restrictions in place now that we are 'post Covid?'

There still might be a few seemingly odd restrictions in places, because of COVID. Don't get upset at the brewery, they are only doing what they think will keep you and their employees safe.


Here are the restrictions that were put into place because of COVID, some of these have been lifted (but not all).

  • As per NYS mandate, you will need to order food with your first alcohol purchase
  • You will need to wear a face covering or mask when you are doing anything but eating or drinking at any of these places.
  • Check with the individual brewery before you head out, there could be day of hour changes because of the weather as the seating for most is entirely outdoor.
  • Double check with the brewery to see if they are dog-friendly.

What to remember when you visit a craft brewery in the Hudson Valley?

When you visit these or any local business, remember that things have not been easy for them as well. Be patient, allow for extra time for servers if the place is busy and tip appropriately.

Most of all, get out and safely, patronized the great businesses of the Hudson Valley. Cheers.

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