The Defiant Brewing Company
6 E. Dexter Plaza Pearl River, NY 845-920-8602
Not technically a brew pub, Defiant does keep bar hours and has a bar where you can sample the brewery's signature beer, Muddy Creek Lager. Besides this sweet lager, with its nutty aroma and sage aftertaste, Defiant also offers a rotating selection and seasonal beers. Its bartenders, all brewing apprentices, are good-humored but take their beer seriously. Instead of beer nuts, patrons get chunks of the brewery's own barbecued meats to nibble while bartenders fill mugs and talk with patrons about the art of beer-making.
What's on tap: Little Thumper is a rotating beer that follows a simple formula: It always uses a single malt and a single hop. Prohibition Lager has special ingredients making it true to that time when strong drink was banned. The Belgian Style Tripel Ale is a mouthwatering abbey-style ale with a fruity flavor and spicy finish. -Alison GregorHours: Brewery Hours: Sun: noon-8 p.m.; Mon-Th: 2-10 p.m.; Fri-Sat: 2 p.m.-midnight; Kitchen Hours: Fri: opens at 5 p.m.; Sat: opens at 3 p.m.