It’s no secret that the Hudson Valley loves its beer. There’s no shortage of bars, breweries, microbreweries, and brewpubs that produce unique beers for all to enjoy. So naturally, when a friend told me about Blue Collar Brewery in Poughkeepsie, I couldn’t resist getting a few buddies together to see what this place was all about.
The outside wasn’t much to look at – just your typical vintage brick building with a sign saying Blue Collar Brewery across the top. Above that were the words Morris and Co. Get ready for your fun fact of the day! As it turned out, after some research on my part, long before it was a bar, the building was home to a meatpacking company of the same name.
Right as I walked in I knew that this place was unique. Before you can sit down and drink, you must stroll down the walkway that runs the length of the building – it’s almost like a self-guided tour.
To the right of the walkway is their open kitchen where busy employees are cooking food. To the left is the brewery – exposed in its entirety. If you’re a beer fan like me, it’s hard not to get entranced in the shiny steel set-up that have on display at this place!
The bar area was composed of two floors. We stayed at the bottom because – well, that’s where the bar was. The modern yet vintage surroundings were gorgeous to look at. Exposed brick walls, wooden floors, big screen TVs and plenty of space between the tables as well. It all seemed to come together to give guests a warm welcome. Either that or I was just really cold!
When it comes to the beer, they’re limited to what they brew in-house. Currently, they only have 4 beers available so, depending on your taste, this could be a hit or miss. If you come in looking for Sam Adams, Bud, Coors or any other mainstream drink, this place is not for you. But it could be if you’re willing to explore uncharted territory and try Poughkeepsie’s latest batch of craft beers.
The limited beer selection is a pretty bold move if you ask me. But their beers are definitely bold enough to back it up! I couldn’t get enough of their Cream Ale. It goes down smooth and is high on flavor. If you enjoy the taste of hops, then I highly recommend this one.
Kick back, relax and enjoy some great beer with friends! That’s what I felt the vibe is over at Blue Collar Brewery. Its open kitchen and exposed brewery give you an experience that few other places in the area can do. It’s worth checking out, especially if you’re close to Poughkeepsie.
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