Craft Beer in Rockland: Kuka Andean Brewing

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Kuka Andean Brewing Company’s 6,500-square-foot brewery is a little tricky to find in the Corporate Drive complex, but it’s a good spot with plenty of parking for an office happy hour or a tasting with friends. Owner Alireza Saifi installed a customized barrel system to handle the high-gravity brewing that he strives for, a unique technique that often results in a higher alcohol content.

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Where to get it: Roost in Sparkill and Rivermarket Bar & Kitchen in Tarrytown have it on tap, as do Bronx Ale House in Kingsbridge and several Manhattan bars, including City Swiggers and Buddha Beer Bar. Buy it at Whole Foods Market, DeCicco’s, Growler & Gill Craft Beer Shoppe in Nanuet and Port Chester Beer as well as the tasting room on Fridays.

The beers: About 10 beers in two categories, all made with maca root, a native Peruvian plant that Saifi says masks the flavor of alcohol. High kuka andean brewing
Gravity beers (higher alcohol, above 9 percent) are the Golden Ale, Imperial Rye IPA, Tripel and Imperial Stout. Low Gravity beers (lower alcohol, between 5 and 6.5 percent) are Banana Nut Brown Ale, Belgian Blonde, American Pale Ale and American IPA. Keep an eye out for Kuka’s Smoked Pumpkin Porter (coming soon) and in the winter, a yet to be named double chocolate cayenne oatmeal milk stout.

Details: The tasting room is open from 4 to 7 p.m. Fridays and beginning next month, tours will take place the second and fourth Saturday of the month. 300 Bradley Corporate Drive, Blauvelt, www.kukablog.com, 646-450-5852, Twitter: @kuka_beer; Facebook: KUKA Beer

Kuka Andean Brewing is one of four new brewers in the area. Click here to read the latest about craft beer in Westchester and Rockland.

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Megan McCaffrey is a food writer for The Journal News and contributor to the Small Bites Blog. She has a degree in Digital Media from Fordham University and a fondness for good craft beer. She loves to bake, read cooking blogs and taste all the Lower Hudson Valley has to offer. Megan lives in Ridgefield, Connecticut with her husband and three kids.

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