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Peekskill Drye Stout

September 9, 2013

Hailing from the town of Peekskill, New York, Peekskill Brewery was founded in 2008 and grown so swiftly over the past five years that they’ve expanded into a second space along the Riverfront in their hometown. Not too long ago, they had an event in my neighborhood and I was very excited to swing by and get a taste from this brewery that I didn’t know much about (and still really don’t).

As someone who can drink Guinness like it’s water, I’m always excited to see breweries tackle Irish Dry Stouts. Dry Stouts do rank pretty highly in my list of beers I can always drink, and I generally attribute that to their light body but rich flavor. They’re not unlike a schwarzbier but generally less refreshing and a little less sweet. What made Peekskill’s venture particularly interesting was the addition of Rye.

The beer poured a pitch black color with a thin brown head. The scent was simple and straightforward, just cocoa on the nose. As expected the beer was light body, skirting a bit closer to thin than I’d like but still able to pull of an ultimately creamy mouthfeel. Flavorwise there was a nice mix of sweet chocolate, and roasted malt that paired very well with the spiciness of the rye. However, this beer was a tad bland overall.

At the end of the day, it’s a very solid beer but not necessarily a homerun. Still it definitely gets points not only for innovation but an innovation that actually works with the style. At the very least, it makes me more interested in seeing more of this brewery in the future.

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