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Dutchess Craft Beverage Producers Double in Number in Five Years; New Map Proves It

Rose Hill Farm and Ferments is featured on the new Dutchess Tourism craft beverage trail map (photo courtesy Dutchess Tourism).

The number of craft beverage producers in Dutchess County has doubled in just five years, and a new map from Dutchess Tourism proves it.

Three creators from Red Hook – Abandoned Hard Cider at Greig Farms, From the Ground Brewery at Migliorelli Farm and Rose Hill Farm and Ferments – are among those highlighted in the 2021 Dutchess County Craft Beverage Trail and Map.

“When we started digging to make sure we weren’t missing anyone, we learned there were even more new producers than we had previously known about,” Melaine Rottkamp, president and CEO of Dutchess Tourism Inc., said today.

The first Dutchess craft beverage trail and map was printed in 2016 and included seven breweries, four wineries, three distilleries and one cidery, Rottkamp said.

The second iteration saw the addition of four breweries and a distillery.

This latest version, dated 2021 and just released, doubles the number of breweries from the original printing to a total of 14. There are also now three wineries, seven distilleries, and the cidery count is up to five. In addition, a Poughkeepsie meadery, a facility that produces honey wines, has been added. And a sake brewery is being created in Hyde Park.

“With the incredible growth and new variety of craft beverage producers in Dutchess County, it was time for a refresh to try to highlight all the ones that are open for the public to visit,” Rottkamp said.

Dutchess Tourism also publishes an annual Discover Dutchess Destination Guide to inspire people to visit Dutchess County. The next guide – 68 pages and in color – will be published in the spring.

In addition to the craft beverage trail map, Dutchess Tourism has published three other companion brochures and maps that have more details than fit into the large “inspiration guide,” Rottkamp said.

  • The Dutchess County Farm Finder features a fold-out map showing the county’s 12 farmers’ markets and the 44 farms people can visit to participate in some type of activity. These include pick-your-own produce,  flowers or Christmas trees, farms that offer classes or festivals, and others that provide experiences with animals like horseback riding, walking llamas, or petting goats. Additionally, the brochure includes listings for 15 roadside stands, markets and specialty farm shops. To encourage repeat visitation, the brochure opens with four regional and seasonal two-day itineraries and a sampling of 21 agri-tourism events that happen throughout the year.
  • Dutchess County Bike Tour Guide includes six bike tour routes that cover each region of the county as well as listings for bike rental and repair shops and information on how to travel with a bike to Dutchess County by train.

Abandoned Hard Cider at Greig Farm crafts its produce from locally harvested apples (photo courtesy Dutchess Tourism).

Dutchess Tourism’s Great Estates Pass program is on hold until the pandemic eases, Rottkamp said. Through that program, visitors could purchase a booklet containing one ticket with discounted entry for a range of historic homes and mansions, including the home of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the FDR library, Vanderbilt Mansion, Staatsburgh State Historic Site, Clermont State Historic Site, Locust Grove Estate and Mount Gulian.

All of the brochures are free and available at tourist information centers throughout the county. Digital versions are available for download at this link

Dutchess County covers roughly 825 square miles and includes more than 1,000 businesses and attractions.

“Curating some of this key content is a big help to visitors looking to get information they are looking for in a quick and easy format,” Rottkamp said. “These companion guides also encourage repeat visitation or extended stays. Once visitors to the region realize how many great farms, museums, craft beverages producers and trails we have, they are inspired to come back again and again and to bring their friends along.” That, she said, “boosts the positive economic impact visitors have in our communities.”

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