One of the best aspects of the beverage industry is that you can take two unique drinks and mix them to create something new. That’s the inspiration behind the opening of The Pantry’s new satellite outpost at Peekskill Brewery.
Owner Sam Lutzer started The Pantry in Cold Spring in 2013, after moving from NYC to the Hudson Valley. Her primary focus: roasting sustainable (“if it can’t be sustainable, it’s pointless,” she says), juicy, fruit-forward coffees that she describes at “acidic bright and adventurous.”
The counter at Peekskill Brewery serves Lutzer’s popular Hudson Valley-roasted coffees and elixirs (an innovative extraction that makes the final beverage lighter in color and body), as well as cold brew and a delicious, creamy cappuccino. For non-coffee drinkers, there’s nitro iced tea and housemade baked goods like lemon-lavender cookies and banana bread. Gluten-free and vegan options are also available, sourced from Ella’s Bellas bakery in Beacon.
Before opening at Peekskill Brewery, Lutzer had done three collaborations with the brewery featuring single-origin coffees. (The collabs will be available in cans this holiday season; be sure to pick up a few when you stop by.) It’s important that the coffee doesn’t overpower the beer flavor. “The ideas is to make coffee a tasting note, not to dominate,” explains Lutzer.
And it’s not just proximity to Peekskill’s Metro-North station and its morning commuters that sold Lutzer on the location. “A lot of things about it remind me of being in the city,” she says. “But with the beautiful Hudson Valley as the backdrop.”
The Pantry at Peekskill Brewery
45 S Water St
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