BEACON, NEW YORK
Utilizing a state-of-the-art Flux Capacitor to adjust pressure and provide the proper carbolic gas blend (and to compensate for damaged kegs), Beacon’s diminutive Main Street pub, DRAUGHT INDUSTRIES, is strictly a mod-styled beer joint (with specialty wines). Opened September 2014, this narrow red brick-walled room retains a quaint feel as its 20-seat community table and 20-seat bar (with 20 stainless steel beer taps, 2 wine taps and 2 casks) allow for ample drinking space. A blackboard lists the quickly revolving selections (mostly sixtels of rare and hard-to-find brews) and beautiful wormwood outlines the front and back door area while the black tin ceiling tile and exposed pipes recall Old World sophistication.
Originally owned and operated by Nick Forlano, Draught Industries is the highly regarded centerpiece of Beacon’s trendy craft beer universe. A few local startup breweries are readied to go as I visit June ’15.
During my 2-hour stay, I go for three fantastic hybridized ales. Olde Saratoga Death Wish Coffee IPA spread smoky dark-roasted black coffee across orange-peeled pineapple and grapefruit tang while tropical Olde Saratoga Coconut IPA brought toasted coconut shavings to sharp-hopped pineapple, grapefruit and orange bittering. Better still, Westbrook Mexican Cake made for an exemplary dessert treat with its chocolate-spiced vanilla bean influence, persistent habanero peppering and cinnamon stick sweetness.(Complete reviews at Beer Index).
At the moment, only kettle chips and a draught platter (with olive-oiled provolone cheese, sour pickles, salami and bread flats) are available to snack on.
In 2020, revisited Draught Industries on a few occasions with wife and dog after exploring Hudson River walking trails. Met up with current owner, Greg Colon, then had lunch and beer samples. Fine Mexican food menu included yummy fish tacos, ensaladas and quesadillas.