A friend mentioned Eastwood Brewing to me last week. I’d never been there. But it turns out my lawyer’s office is basically across the street, and I was there on Friday, so I stopped in and ordered a pint of their brown ale. Liked it, got a 64 oz. growler of it (which turned empty on Saturday when the BMM and Bouwerie Boys danced at the Saugerties Garlic Festival). They seemed pretty friendly there although I was less than comfortable with the pro-gun propaganda on the walls.
Yesterday was the official opening of Local 315 Brewing, a farm brewery on Warners Road. Being, as I said, in Saugerties that day I didn’t go, but today I did — got there in 15 minutes on my bike.
It’s a small operation but bigger than I was expecting. A 10 barrel system, I think they said, and they had 13 beers on tap. A disconcertingly large number of them seemed to be beers for people who don’t like beer — ones with strawberry, blueberry, and strawberry rhubarb ingredients, and, seriously? a peppermint stout. Also a ginger cream ale, which will also annoy the “beer that tastes like beer” purists, but I’m less bothered by it — I’ve brewed a beer with ginger myself in my time.
I ordered a flight of four beers. The Lucky 13 Red was my least favorite of the lot — not bad, but kind of bland. Could use a stronger malt base. The aforementioned Ginger Cream Ale is something I’d probably like a pint of now and then, but maybe not a growler of it.
The Townie Session IPA was very nice, though. The one that surprised me most was the Breakfast Stout — I’m not generally a big stout drinker, but something about this one really appealed to me. Unfortunately they had only a small batch of it, apparently something they’re just trying out, so they weren’t selling growlers of it. So I put a growler of the Townie on my bike rack and headed home. Told them I’d be back when they’re filling growlers with the Breakfast Stout.
(Still awaiting Griffin Hill with bated breath, of course.)