So, it’s leaf peeping season and you’re looking for local color?
There’s no better way to find it than to drink where, and what, the locals drink! As you plan your fall foliage travels, consider scheduling a little time to experience one – or all three – of these Sullivan County craft breweries that are making their mark on the suds-sipping world.
Each brewery along our own triangle tour of taps uses regionally-sourced, natural ingredients – including pristine Catskill mountain water (Yes, New York City, the very same delicious water we pipe down to you every day. You’re welcome!). Local pride is the not-so-secret ingredient added to give the beers their unique and satisfying flavors. Every variety, from IPAs to porters and pilsners, is represented along the way, so no palate will go unpleased.
Cheers! We’re glad the leaves got you here; we hope you’ll stay to enjoy a beer.
ROSCOE BEER COMPANY
145 ROCKLAND ROAD
ROSCOE, NY 12776
Roscoe Beer Company debuted on the craft brew scene in 2013. It was founded by people who enjoy the great outdoors, especially fishing! Based in the trout fishing capital of the United States, the brewery’s beverages are branded to honor the town’s title of “Trout Town USA.”
You can’t stop here without tasting the original Trout Town American Amber Ale, a true ale with toasted notes and a subtle, not-too-bitter, citrusy finish. For a perfect fall pour, try the Trout Town Brown Ale, which leaves you with rich chocolate and pronounced coffee flavors. The Trout Town Tail Ale is perfect if you prefer something a little lighter. The brewery offers six varieties, brewed on-site, from self-serve (yes, self-serve) taps!
Roscoe Beer Company is situated in a converted firehouse, in a quaint downtown surrounded by picturesque, meandering rivers; perfect for watching the leaves turn or even birding! They open to the public for tastings and tours every day at 11 am. Tours begin at noon and run on the hour; each lasts about 30 minutes.
CALLICOON BREWING COMPANY
16 UPPER MAIN STREET
CALLICOON, NY 12723
The Callicoon Brewing Company sits tall along the banks of the Delaware, with the river valley making it a prime locale for leaf peeping. Callicoon’s small downtown is home to unique shops, riverside parks, and even an historic single-screen movie theater. Besides their two signature brews, they brewery offers a full menu – including a Thanksgiving Sandwich that is the flavorful embodiment of all things autumn – and an impressive list of NY State craft beers and ciders on tap!
Perfect for sweater weather, the Callicoon Brown Cow Porter is a rich and easy-drinking example of the style that warms your soul with its caramel and coco overtones. If dark’s not your thing, try the Callicoon Cow Pale Ale, a true-to-form and quite sessionable ale that’s light and crisp.
There are no brewery tours here, but the facility – another converted firehouse, incidentally – has a warm and inviting pub feel that is ideal for tarrying a bit along your fall foliage travels. They open at noon every day, and your designated driver gets their non-alcoholic beverages free!
THE CATSKILL BREWERY
672 OLD ROUTE 17
LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY 12758
The Catskill Brewery looks for “every opportunity to make the best beer, share the best stories, and introduce new people to [the place they] love.” With the promise of hospitality like that, you’ve got to stop here as you hop along the Sullivan County brewery trail. The brewery’s seven ales and lagers are always fresh and on tap when you arrive.
The brewery’s Nightshine Black Lager is billed as a “full-flavored dark stranger for cold Catskill nights,” and delivers as expected with malty goodness and no bitterness. The Local is its bright tasting pale ale, made with New York-grown hops brewed within hours of being harvested. You can even celebrate the area’s agricultural heritage with a glass of Freak Tractor (Model 14), an earthy quaff with hints of tropical fruit.
Livingston Manor is home to the Catskill Arts Society, the Catskill Fly Fishing Museum, and a host of homegrown pleasures from restaurants to galleries that will delight visitors of any age and interest. The hills that rise up around “Manor” make for an impressive 360-degree backdrop of fall foliage as you stroll along. The brewery is closed Mondays, but opens 3pm Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. on Saturday, and noon on Sunday.