You’re sitting on your deck biting into a burger topped with grilled red onion and arugula you picked up at the farmer’s market. What’s missing? A cold beer, of course. Preferably a craft beer. Preferably local.
Your glass just got a whole lot easier to fill. Four new Lower Hudson Valley breweries are breaking in to a market so far dominated by Captain Lawrence Brewing Company, Defiant Brewery and Peekskill Brewery.
“I say the more the merrier. Craft brewers are cool, man,” says Scott Vaccaro, owner and brewer behind Captain Lawrence in Elmsford, which opened seven years ago and has become a tri-state area sensation. “Hopefully everybody makes good beer and it’s better for all of us.”
According to the Brewers Association, a nonprofit organization dedicated to small and independent American brewers, the craft beer industry is one to watch. The organization says there are slightly more than one craft brewery opening somewhere in the country every day, and anticipates this to continue through the year.
Last year, 13.2 million barrels of craft beer were produced in the U.S., nearly double from 2006. And the 2,400 breweries across the country also account for upward of 100,000 jobs, promoting regional economies and local food culture.
Call it Hudson Valley pride, or just a reason to change your repertoire: a nice selection of locally crafted beers at a party probably wouldn’t go unnoticed. Follow the links for a look at four new brewers tapping in to the local scene.