Over the past ten years or so, Westchester’s craft beer scene has exploded. Where once there were few and far between options when it came to a locally brewed pint, the thriving industry has given rise to hop houses and taprooms from Yonkers all the way up to Peekskill. If you’re cruising for a new quaff or maybe some perfectly paired pub grub, here are all the Westchester-based breweries you should be seeking out.
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173 Marbledale Rd, Tuckahoe; 914.268.0900
Year Founded: 2012
A homebrewing hobby that started in founder Michael LaMothe’s Bedford Hills family home turned into a career in 2012 with the opening of Broken Bow. It’s a family affair — LaMothe’s parents and sisters help with the brewery’s day-to-day — housed in a former tile factory that retains nuances of its previous occupant. When the weather calls for it, venture outside with your pint for a little fresh air and cornhole.
Flagship Beers: Broken Auger Lager was one of the OG batches, but grooving on a chocolatey, coffee-laden Broken Heart Stout is the proper move. Bonus: keep a lookout for their doubled-up version of Broken Heart, called Hell Hath No Fury, with cocoa nibs, coffee, and Hudson Valley peppers for a spicy infusion.
Food: They’ve got snacks in the taproom, but feel free to bring your own food from restaurants nearby or keep tabs on their social media for food truck visits.
444 Saw Mill River Rd, Elmsford; 914.741.2337
Year Founded: 2006
Captain Lawrence wasn’t always a brewery: He was Samuel Lawrence, a Westchester County Militia captain during the American Revolution, who also gave his name to a street in South Salem, where CLBC founder and head brewer, Scott Vaccaro, grew up. When it opened in Pleasantville in ’06, Captain Lawrence was the only Westchester brewery. In 2011, CLBC moved its operation to Elmsford, doubling its production and overall space to become one of the largest breweries in the Hudson Valley. Whether you’re enjoying Belgian-inspired brews with a New York twist in the lively taproom or outside on the patio (with bocce ball and cornhole), expect an often-busy scene that’s great for group gatherings, including CLBC’s many special events.
Flagship Beers: Freshchester Pale Ale — a light drinking, slightly hoppy brew — is the original, but anything barrel-aged or puckeringly sour shouldn’t be passed up.
Food: After going through a few menu changes, Captain Lawrence’s kitchen is centered on pub grub. Think pretzels, smoked wings, ribs, salads, sandwiches, and Dirty Fries with bacon, egg, and beer cheese.
139 Hoyt Ave, Ste A (inside Half Time), Mamaroneck; 914.848.4060
Year Founded: 2018
Paul Pignataro started Decadent Ales because, as he puts it, “I got tired of reading beer labels that said, ‘marshmallow this, marshmallow that’ and would never taste like they were supposed to.” After brewing dessert-like IPAs, stouts, and collaboration beers with breweries like Evil Twin and Fat Orange Cat via the Twelve Percent Beer Project, Decadent found a permanent home inside Half Time in Mamaroneck in 2018.
Flagship Beers: Anything “Cream Pop” is what you covet. These lactose laden, creamy IPAs are high in the ABV department, but you’ll swear you’re drinking a beer milkshake.
Food: Hapa Food Truck, which gained a massive following in Stamford with its Filipino-Hawaiian flavors, churns out tacos, bulgogi fries, Asian soups, and its signature rich, juicy burger on a purple-yam bun at a counter inside the brewery.
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47 S Water St #53, Peekskill; 914.734.2337
Year Founded: 2008
Peekskill Brewery’s popularity skyrocketed when they moved from their original facility on Hudson Avenue down the street to a four-story building in 2011. This riverfront brewpub with a second-floor restaurant (where the vibe is more mellow) is one of the places to be in a city that’s on a redevelopment rise. PB is young, hip, and you’ll encounter plenty of craft beer aficionados that are both local and “just visiting” to crush some of Westchester’s best beer.
Flagship Beers: Eastern Standard, an IPA featuring a blend of West Coast Citra and Simcoe hops, provides bitterness but its maltiness balances it out. For something more refreshing, there’s NYPA — a silver medal winner at the 2014 Great American Beer Festival — a generously hopped pale ale with fruity sweetness from honey malt.
Food: Sandwiches, a worthy burger, small veggie plates, nachos, fish ‘n’ chips, and seasonal dishes round out PB’s above average brewpub offerings.
Photo courtesy of Enormous Creative
5 John Walsh Blvd, Peekskill; 914.788.4555
Year Founded: 2018
Located inside Factoria at Charles Point, this newbie to the craft beer scene is a collaborative venture by Captain Lawrence Brewing Co. founder Scott Vaccaro and local restaurateurs/developers Louie Lanza and John Sharp. But there’s more than just a brewery: Factoria also houses Spins Hudson with a ropes course, laser tag, shuffle board, and arcade, as well as a private event space and Fin & Brew, a full-service New American restaurant with direct lines to the brewery’s tanks.
Flagship Beers: There’s no real flagship, but River Outpost has a variety of styles on tap from light lagers and pilsners to hoppy IPAs and malty brown ales.
Food: Fin & Brew is a legit restaurant that’s got something for everyone. It’s meat and fish heavy, but vegetarians and vegans will find plenty of plates to dive into.
Photo by Andrew Dominick
75 Spring St, Ossining; 914.502.0577
Year Founded: 2018
The tagline, “It’s water, not murder,” establishes upfront that founders and Ossining residents Eric Gearity and Matt Curtin let Sing Sing Kill Creek, not Sing Sing Correctional Facility, inspire the name of their brewery. Part of a revitalization that’s proving the village has more going on than an infamous electric chair, SSKB is a local haunt, featuring Curtin’s homebrew recipes with an emphasis on being 100% local, with every malt, grain, and hop sourced from New York State.
Flagship Beers: There’s nothing signature set in stone, but what’s cool about SSKB is they don’t shy away from trying their hand at styles that aren’t just IPAs. Look out for porters, stouts, witbiers, cream ales, and even a malt-forward English-style extra special bitter.
Food: Mostly snacks, including pretzels, chips, and assorted local products, but they also host food trucks and independent local chefs.
Photo by Andrew Dominick
195A E Post Rd, White Plains; 914.368.8617
Year Founded: 2019
Former television producer and decorated home brewer Michael Chiltern named Wolf & Warrior after his two sons, Vuk (means “wolf” in Serbian) and Branko (translated to “defender,” but adapted to warrior). Its come-as-you-are vibe paired with an IPA-heavy beer list is sure to make this Downtown White Plains newbie a hotspot for the foreseeable future.
Flagship Beer: Wolf of White Plains is a smooth, double-dry-hopped imperial IPA with a hoppy bite that plays well with the beer’s tropical fruit and citrus notes.
Food: A small menu of hummus, falafel, empanadas, and sausages from The Meat Hook in Brooklyn will help you soak up the suds.
Photo by Andrew Dominick
92 Main St, Yonkers; 914.226.8327
Year Founded: 2015
Yonkers Brewing started as a contract-brewing operation, renting space out of Thomas Hooker Brewing Co. in Bloomfield, CT. After community support via a Kickstarter campaign raised more than $40,000, YBC opened in 2015 in Westchester’s only existing trolley barn on the Yonkers waterfront, right by the Metro-North station, making it ideal for a post-work thirst quenching session.
Flagship Beer: Their 914 has been around since YBC’s inception. It’s an easy-drinking, true-to-the-style Vienna lager that’s malty and sweet.
Food: Wings, blistered Brussels sprouts, chicken and waffles, and lots of handhelds like tacos, quesadillas, and sandwiches. Oh, and Sunday brunch is a thing here.
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