Hudson, NY, is a quaint town in the heart of the Hudson Valley. Full of unique art galleries and a huge collection of both modern and antique furniture shops, Hudson is highly recommended for a weekend day (or two day!) trip. The addition of Hudson Brewing Company just makes this downtown even more attractive. Located on Front St. just across from the Amtrak station, it is both accessible and delicious.
Admittedly, my goal was to end a day of shopping with a relaxing sampler so I could get to know the beer from Hudson Brewing. However, as is often the case, time got away from us and all I could do was quickly stop in, decide on what I wanted in my growler, and head out.
I tried their two hoppy selections, Shave & a Hair Cut Double IPA (8.4%) and Widows Walk IPA (6.6%), which were served in mini mason jar steins.
I selected the Shave & a Hair Cut for my growler and was sad I could stay for more. Before leaving, I did check out their biergarten, and it is one of the largest I've seen for a brewery in the mid-to-north Hudson Valley.
I was sufficiently teased by the two beers I had, and I am antsy to get back and try more!
- Shave and a Haircut Double IPA (8.4%)
- From the brewery: Big red berry smell opens up to sweet tropical melon and light grapefruit/undertones. Strong, semi-boozy lingering finish
- Hop Gurus take: I thought it was a well balanced IPA. Sufficient bitterness, very west-coast in flavor. I did not detect an overly boozy double IPA finish, which was refreshing.
- Widows Walk IPA (6.6%)
- From the brewery: Fresh fruit hop aromas, medium body with a strong lingering bitterness to balance the fruitiness
- Hop Gurus take: Immediate bitterness, mostly on the back of the tongue, is immediately present and lingers long after you swallow. The aroma after you swallow (as you breathe out) was bready and yeasty, which isn't necessarily my preference in an IPA. The fruit stood out, but the lingering bitterness and after-aroma of yeast is why I chose to fill my growler with Shave and a Haircut.