Hyde Park Brewing Company
4076 Albany Post Rd. Hyde Park, NY 845-229-8277
One of the breweries that got the whole craft-beer craze started 15 years ago in the Upper Hudson Valley, Hyde Park Brewing Co. not only serves handcrafted lagers and the occasional ale, but also offers choice beef steaks. German-style brewmaster John Eccles tends to be traditional (for instance, he shuns fruit in his beers) and has had plenty of time to perfect his lagers and ales. In summer, there's outdoor dining and live music Wednesday and Friday nights.
What's on tap: The brew pub's signature beer is Winkle Lager, a Bohemian-style beer that's crisp and clean with a slightly spicy, almost peppery, finish. The Rough Rider Red Lager is an auburn beer with German and Belgian malts that references Teddy Roosevelt's Rough Riders. Big Easy Blonde is a Munich-style Helles (light lager) with a logo that calls to mind World War II plane art.
Good to know: Tours may be offered when employees are not too busy with customers. The steakhouse's menu also offers German specialties such as a knockwurst platter and a schnitzel, plus seafood, burgers and pizza. -Alison GregorHours:
Mon-Tu: 4 p.m.-10 p.m.; Wed-Th: 11 a.m.-midnight; Fri-Sat: 11 a.m.-1 a.m.; Sun: 11 a.m.-10 p.m.