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Hophead Roadtrip on Brooklyn Based: Our Hudson-Area Beer Guide

Hophead Roadtrip on Brooklyn Based: Our Hudson-Area Beer Guide

Looking to spend a summer weekend driving to breweries around Hudson, NY?  Brooklyn Based featured our favorite spots in Hophead road trip: 6 Hudson Valley breweries for day-drinking or growlers to go. We'd be honored if you gave it a read.

On Brooklyn Based, we recommended taking a leisurely ride to 1 or 2 breweries per day, which is the most vacation-y (and responsible) way to visit these idyllic spots, but you could hit all 6 in one weekend if you work around all the breweries' limited hours. We're not recommending drinking tons of beer and driving around, but if you have a designated driver, here's how to do it:

Saturday Road Trip Plan:

  • Start your weekend right with an amazing brunch at Gracies, open at 10am
  • Drive out to the family-owned-and-operated, backyard brewery Hop Barn, open 11am-9pm
  • Next stop: Another backyard brew house, Honey Hollow Brewery, open 12pm-8pm
  • If you're in the mood for a food truck dinner, go straight to Crossroads Catskill Taproom, open 1pm-midnight. If you're hungry for finer fare, get dinner at New York Restaurant and grab a beer at Crossroads afterwards.

Sunday Road Trip Plan:

  • Get burgers for lunch at Grazin' Diner (or brunch if you make it there before 11:30am)
  • Savor a delicate pilsner or lager at Suarez Family Brewery, open 1pm-7pm
  • Browse used books and vintage vinyl at the Little Red Book Shack
  • We recommend making Sloop Brewing Co. (open 12pm-8pm) your second stop because their juicy, dank IPAs can be palate-wreckers. (This isn't a bad thing.) Soak up your pints with a snack at the Gracie's food truck out back.
  • Start your journey back toward NYC, grabbing a final round and some dinner at Keegan Ales open 11:30am-8pm.

Please note: Since all the breweries have odd hours, this cheat sheet won't work unless you're traveling on a Saturday and Sunday and stick to the plan! But if you've got a whole week/summer/retirement to roll around and drink beer in the Catskills and Hudson Valley, here are the summer 2018 hours for all the breweries mentioned on Brooklyn Based:

Monday:

  • Everybody's closed!

Tuesday:

  • Keegan Ales open 4pm-10pm

Wednesday:

  • Crossroads open 4pm-9pm
  • Keegan Ales open 4pm-10pm
  • Suarez Family open 3pm-7pm

Thursday:

  • Crossroads open 4pm-9pm
  • Keegan Ales open 4pm-Midnight
  • Sloop open 12pm-8pm

Friday:

  • Crossroads open 4pm-midnight
  • Honey Hollow open 4pm-8pm
  • Hop Barn open 4pm-9pm
  • Keegan Ales open 11:30am-Midnight
  • Sloop open 12pm-8pm
  • Suarez Family open 1pm-7pm

Saturday:

  • Crossroads open 1pm-midnight
  • Honey Hollow open 12pm-8pm
  • Hop Barn open 11am-9pm
  • Keegan Ales open 11:30am-Midnight
  • Sloop open 12pm-8pm
  • Suarez Family open 1pm-7pm

Sunday:

  • Crossroads open 1pm-9pm
  • Keegan Ales open 11:30am-8pm
  • Sloop open 12pm-8pm
  • Suarez Family open 1pm-7pm
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