Hunt Country Vineyards, Branchport, NY

Keuka Lake is home to so many fine wineries and breweries that you couldn’t possibly visit them all comfortably in one, or even two days. Having been a few years since we headed down this way, it was high time that we stopped at some of our favorites for the blog. Our first stop of the trip was Hunt Country Vineyards. We arrived early enough on a hot summer day, and received a warm welcome to the tasting room by Ann Kelly. Continue reading


Roscoe Beer Company, Roscoe, NY

Usually when making a return visit to a site I’ve written about for Liquid Alchemy, a short addendum to the current post is all that is needed. However, in the two and a half years since I was last at Roscoe Beer Company, enough has changed to warrant writing an entirely new article. I was pleasantly surprised and excited by the work that has gone on at the brewery to improve its image and the caliber of beer that is being released. Continue reading

Bloomer Creek Vineyard, Hector, NY

When it comes to writing about the wineries around the Finger Lakes, it is always a tough decision as to where to go next. Over the years, a few stick out for me that always are worth returning to on a yearly basis. Bloomer Creek Vineyard, on the southeast side of Seneca Lake, is one of our favorites for the high caliber of wines that are being produced there. While camping nearby, this seemed like the perfect choice for the next Finger Lakes winery to explore for Liquid Alchemy. Continue reading

Bad Seed Cider Company, Highland, NY

New York State is the second largest grower of apples in the country yet oddly enough, hard cider makers are still few and far between. Luckily for us, we discovered Bad Seed Hard Cider Company while visiting family down in the Hudson Valley. This cider maker definitely knows what it is doing, and produces some of the most impressive ciders I have ever tasted. Continue reading

Mill House Brewing Company, Poughkeepsie, NY

The community of Poughkeepsie, NY is blessed with multiple breweries where one can obtain excellent locally crafted beer. After spending some quality time at Blue Collar, we headed downtown to investigate Mill House Brewing Company. During our visit, we discovered many wonderful beers, great food, and some interesting people who shared their knowledge of the brewery with us. Continue reading

Blue Collar Brewery, Poughkeepsie, NY

I love it when our travels take us to new and interesting breweries and wineries that may not be on the radar just yet. We arrived in the town of Poughkeepsie, NY and soon found our way to Blue Collar Brewery. Blue Collar has it all; amazing beer, an enthusiastic brewer, and a wonderful atmosphere. Randall Marquis, co-owner and brewer, was behind the bar during our visit so we have plenty of information to share on the blog. Continue reading

Hyde Park Brewing Company, Hyde Park, NY

Hyde Park, New York is a great town to visit if you want to see some fascinating historical locations. After visiting the three National Historic Sites for Franklin D. Roosevelt, his wife Eleanor, and the Vanderbilt mansion, you might have worked up an appetite. Look no further then across the road from FDR’s house to Hyde Park Brewing Company. We stopped in to learn their story while exploring the back roads and history of the Hudson Valley. Continue reading

A Taste of Long Island, Farmingdale, NY

We have visited many different breweries during our travels. Some are large organizations that distribute beer throughout the country while others contract brew and design or craft beer based upon customer requests. Then there is A Taste of Long Island in Farmingdale, NY which has a slightly different model. The brewery shares its facility and equipment with tenant brewers, allowing these startups to craft beer on professional equipment without the upfront cost of opening their own brewery. We decided to check out this interesting concept while visiting Long Island on a recent trip. Continue reading

Keegan Ales, Kingston, NY

Nestled about halfway between Albany and New York City, the city of Kingston, New York became the state’s first capital back in 1777. Since then, the town has experienced many changes and today is a hub of activity for artists, musicians, and craftsmen of all types. Keegan Ales, established in 2003, has become a vibrant part of the community, and serves up finely crafted beer not only to local residents, but an ever expanding distribution network as well. We dropped in to learn about Keegan’s past, share in their present, and find out where they are headed in the future, all while enjoying a pint or two of their finest ales. Continue reading