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Seasonal beers featured at Hudson Valley breweries

The Captain Lawrence Brewing Co. in Elmsford. (March

The Captain Lawrence Brewing Co. in Elmsford. (March 31, 2012) Photo Credit: Faye Murman

Like beer? You're in luck. From the established Captain Lawrence Brewing Company in Elmsford to the recently opened Newburgh Brewing Company, the Hudson Valley is home to several places to sample locally brewed craft beers. At this time of year, most breweries are pouring Pumpkin Ales and other seasonal brews.

Find the seasonal specialties offered by local breweries below:

The Peekskill Brewery

Opened in 2008, the Peekskill Brewery has about 14 craft beers on tap and 100 bottled varieties. It recently introduced a new seasonal beer called the Midnight Toker, named after The Steve Miller Band's "Joker." This Black American Coffee India Pale Ale features Ethiopian coffee beans from Tarrytown's Coffee Labs Roasters and has "all of the hot characteristics you would expect from an IPA with a strong coffee aroma and mouth," brewery partner Kara Berardi said.

Info: Peekskill Brewery, 55 Hudson Ave., Peekskill; 914-743-2337; the  

Newburgh Brewing Company

Next to what was once George Washington's military headquarters, the Newburgh Brewing Company fills four floors of a 22,000-square-foot, 160-year-old brick warehouse that overlooks the Hudson River. Opened this year, the Newburgh Brewing Company recently released its seasonal harvest ale, the Menditto-Madura. Essentially an American Pale Ale, the beer is named for two local growers who provided the hops used in the brew. "It's very balanced, just under 5% alcohol and very enjoyable," said Paul Halayko, president of the Newburgh Brewing Company.

Info: Newburgh Brewing Company, 88 S. Colden St., Newburgh; 845-569-2337;

The Defiant Brewing Company in Pearl River

Although it's not technically a brewpub, the Defiant Brewing Company offers a rotating selection and seasonal beers. They recently released Headless Horseman Pumpkin Ale, which has a Halloween-themed name and a pumpkin flavor. "It's deliciously dark and spiced," said Tom "Woody" Woods, a brewing company representative who also mentioned that the beer is the most requested drink. "It reminds people of pumpkin pie." The brewery also features a second seasonal beer, a German-style Marzen aptly named Oktoberfest.

Info: Defiant Brewing Company, 6 E. Dexter Plaza, Pearl River; 845-920-8602;

Captain Lawrence Brewing Company in Elmsford

With a tasting room that's open Tuesdays through Saturdays, Captain Lawrence Brewing Company in Elmsford is pouring a variety of seasonal beers. There's the Katchkie Harvest Ale, brewed with Kobacha squash and pumpkin; the El Scorcho, a pale ale brewed with fire roasted chipotle peppers; the Knickerhopper, a "wet hop" ale made with hops from Condzella's Farm on Long Island; and a classic Pumpkin Ale. And they're offering ample opportunity to try the special brews at two upcoming events.

A local restaurant, Sam's of Gedney Way in White Plains, will host an Oktoberfest event with Captain Lawrence brews on Oct. 25 (52 Gedney Way, White Plains; 914-949-0978;; event is at 7 p.m.; $49 per person, reservations required). And Captain Lawrence will host an event in its tasting rooming called Cooktoberfest on Oct. 22. The event will feature food selected by chef David DiBari of The Cookery in Dobbs Ferry, music by the Jukebox Romantics, and of course, beer.

Info: Captain Lawrence Brewing Company, 444 Saw Mill River Rd., Elmsford; 914-741-2337;; Cooktoberfest event is 7:30-10:30 p.m. Oct. 22; $60 per person, reservations required

Keegan Ales in Kingston

Keegan Ales has been recognized as one of the best craft breweries in the Hudson Valley and New York State. They're releasing a couple of seasonal brews, including the Super Kitty, an India Pale Ale based on their flagship Hurricane Kitty India pale ale, with 12% alcohol and honey collected from bees kept on the roof of the brewery.

Another new brew, the Smoktoberfest, is a rouch beer with a smoky taste and a specially designed logo to celebrate Kingston's third annual O+ Festival of Art Music and Wellness, which took place in early October. "The 'o' and the 't' in Smoktoberfest are red, and designed to look like 'O Positive' for the festival," explained owner Tommy Keegan.  

Info: Keegan Ales, 20 Saint James St., Kingston; 845-331-2739; O+ Festival: 6 p.m.-midnight, Friday; 9 a.m.-12:30 a.m., Saturday; 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m., Sunday; $25 per person for a weekend wristband, reserve online

Gilded Otter Brewing Company in New Paltz

It's pretty much business as usual for the Gilded Otter Brewing Company during the month of October. In addition to a traditional Pumpkin Ale, the brewing company will offer its Ottertoberfest beer, a German-style lager that's a little on the fruity side and red in color, says employee Cheryl Valentino.

Info: 3 Main St., New Paltz; 845-256-1700;

Hyde Park Brewing Company

One of the older breweries in the Hudson Valley, Hyde Park Brewing Company keeps the celebrations going all month long with an Oktoberfest celebration every weekend in October. There will be classic German specials available daily on Fridays through Sundays and live music on Saturdays from 4 to 7 p.m. The brewery is featuring its seasonal Oktoberfest beer during the month, too.

Info: Hyde Park Brewing Company, 4076 Albany Post Rd., Hyde Park; 845-229-8277;

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