Hudson Valley Brewery Makes Beer Based on Instinct, Not Instructions

This upstate New York upstart is already drawing drinkers by the hundreds

Hudson Valley Brewery, a mid-level upstart, has the prowess of a business bound for broader horizons. Their beer—oftentimes pillowy, velvety or (on the occasion when its sour) almost more like Kombucha than beer—is consistently named among the best in the country. The brand’s success thus far certainly pertains to the fact that beer doesn’t have to fit into any theoretical box. Other, stricter drinks—like wine or …

Word of Mouth: Bellingham

A James Beard-awarded chef, local craft brews and outdoor adventures in Washington's scenic bayside town

One of the portals to that hypnotically beautiful chain of Pacific Northwestern islands known as the San Juans, Bellingham, Washington offers a dazzling array of outdoor pursuits for the hundreds of rugged young people who descend on this little town every year. While many attend college at Western Washington University, students often find themselves sticking around after graduation to enjoy the Bellingham lifestyle. Once you’ve …

Left Field Cider Co.

A family of brewers blending local BC apples with French and English varieties for a minimally sweet alcoholic drink

While roughly half of the world’s cider is still made in the UK, it turns out that the apples in British Columbia can yield a pretty kick-ass artisanal cider too. The young Left Field Cider Co., founded in 2011, started out as Kate Garthwaite’s curious hobby and eventually, her enthusiasm spread to her parents and sister Theresa. Formerly in the ranching business for three generations, …