3 New Brews Available in Westchester

Even in an industry that’s booming — more than $22 billion in 2015 — there’s still a bunch of great craft breweries whose high-quality liquid refreshments are not available in the area. Little by little, that changes, and that’s only a good thing for our ever-expanding beer palates. The newest entries are these three, which have recently become available in Westchester. 

Modern Times Beer – This San Diego-based brewery opened in 2013 to lots of buzz and was named 2016 Beer Bar of the Year by Imbibe Magazine. MT has a rep of brewing session-type beers, meaning they’re not super-high in ABV. It’s not the easiest stuff to find, but you should get lucky at Half Time in Mamaroneck, which carries some of their year-round beers, as well as special releases like Universal Friend, a grape saison. My personal favorite is Black House, a roasty stout with deep chocolate and coffee notes. 

 

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Kent Falls Brewing Company  – Located on a farm in Kent, CT, Kent Falls Brewing grows its own hops, practices sustainability in all aspects of brewing (and works with like-minded folks) and uses extra-fresh ingredients in their beers. I especially enjoy their sours. You’ll have no problem finding their bottles in your favorite beer store or on draft at some bars. Look out for Lade Øl, a toasty-tasting saison with a dry finish that recently got named a top-25 beer of 2016 by Draft Mag.

 

New Belgium Brewing – In business for more than 25 years, New Belgium finally became available in our area, and just about every legit beer bar held a tap takeover. New Belgium is the fourth-largest craft brewery and the eighth-largest brewery overall in the US in terms of distribution. It’s great that their brews, including their flagship Fat Tire, a bready amber ale, are now easy to find. Also look for the hoppy-but-tangerine-tamed Citradelic IPA. If you can find it, grab the 25th Anniversary Fat Tire Collabeeration pack, featuring variants on their signature beer, with help from Firestone Walker, Avery, Allagash, Rhinegeist, and Hopworks Urban Brewery.    — Andrew Dominick 


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