BEACON, NEW YORK
The ambitiously designed second location for the ever-popular INDUSTRIAL ARTS BREWING COMPANY is a large production facility overlooking the bucolically panoramic tree-lined green acres of Hudson Highlands on the outskirts of Beacon. Opened in 2019 to take pressure off the original Garnerville site, Industrial Arts is one of New York’s biggest breweries.
A nouveau beige aluminum-sided Industrial factory towering above the arty village of Beacon, two headstones of the founders at the top of the hill before the entrance welcomes hordes of ‘brewpies’ to the enormous brewhouse. A massive brew-tanked warehouse services the quaint 14-tap barroom with pristine white floor tiles and low-ceilinged exposed pipes.
Done up in Aztec-Mayan motif, this magnificent public house also has a large enclosed composite-floored front deck featuring plenty of bench seating and strung Edison lights.
I initially visited September ’21 on a sunny Wednesday to consume four previously untried suds.
Summery lemon-spiced floral herbage gained mild grapefruit, mandarin orange and clementine niceties above the dry celery-watered pale malt base of Smash Lager.
Spicier lemony orange zesting enhanced the other IPA-fruited lager, Summer Landscape, inviting subtle peach, tangerine, grapefruit and pineapple tropicalia plus leafy hop foliage to its sedate biscuit base.
Vibrant Bru-1 Hazy, a sunshiny NEIPA, let zestful lemony orange tanginess brighten its candied citrus path in an easygoing sugar-spiced pale malt setting.
Hazier dry-hopped West Coast IPA, Zappa/Triumph, squeezed grapefruit-juiced orange rind bitterness out of lacquered pine tones as tart lemon meringue, passionfruit and mango snips wavered.