Calling all New York craft beer, cider and wine enthusiasts!
If you’re interested in the best brews and looking for an accessible way to get there, we have what you need. Each of these craft beverage locations are easily accessible through Amtrak services. From the Hudson River Valley to Rochester, these breweries, cideries and wineries showcase the best craft beverages the state of New York has to offer.
Whether you’re spending your day on one of the listed beverage trails for a trip or just checking out one of the individual destinations, you’ll be sure to have the ultimate New York beverage experience. Your next drink is just a train ride away with Amtrak.
Listed below are ten of our favorite drink destinations via Amtrak. This New York craft beverage experience will satisfy all of your brewing needs.
Catskills Beverage Trail
Hudson River Valley
Distance from Hudson Station: Various
The first fun brewery experience on the list is the Catskills Beverage Trail located in the scenic Hudson River Valley. This beverage trail is currently comprised of five destinations. The first of the five is the Crossroads Brewing Co. Catskill Taproom, which is open Wed-Sun at varying hours. The next destination that has growlers and kegs filled is Honey Hollow Brewing Company, which is open Thurs-Sat until 8 PM. Following this brewing company is the 35-year-old, Rip Van Winkle Brewing Company, which is also open Wed-Sun at varying hours. The transformed 127-acre farm, West Kill Brewing is the fourth brewery on the trail that is open every Saturday and Sunday from 12-7 PM. The final stop on the trail is Crossroads Brewing Company, which is open Wed-Sun at varying hours. For those looking to make a trip out of the beverage trail, the quaint bed and breakfast, Caleb’s Street Inn, is an unforgettable place to stay in the Hudson Valley. Looking to introduce your tastebuds to something other than beer? The Hudson Chatham Winery of Tannersville is the perfect destination to check out on your beverage trail trip.
Schenectady Ale Trail
Distance from Schenectady Station: Various
The second destination and beverage trail on the list is the Schenectady Ale Trail. Located right in Schenectady, NY, this ale trail features six local breweries, including Back Barn Brewing Company, the aforementioned Druthers Brewing Company and Frog Alley Brewing Company, Great Flats Brewing Company, Mad Jack Brewing at the Van Dyck and Wolf Hollow Brewing Company. Be sure to sign up for a digital passport at the price of $40 to receive one beer flight, which is 4-5 tastings at each of the six Schenectady County breweries. If you want to rest during your fun visit on the Ale Trail, The Landing Hotel offers scenic, panoramic views. Looking to make the most of your visit with other fun destinations off the trail? The Rivers Casino is a conveniently close attraction to The Landing Hotel.
Adirondack Craft Beverage Trail
Adirondacks & Saratoga
Distance from Saratoga Springs Station: Various
The third on the list spans both the Adirondacks and Saratoga. The Adirondack Craft Beverage Trail is a self-guided tour of 27 craft beer, wine, cider, soda and distilled spirit makers in the Adirondacks and Saratoga area. If you’re not a wine-lover, the majority of the stops on the trail are breweries and distilleries. With breweries like the veteran-owned, Slickfin Brewing Company and the family-owned, Davidson Brothers Restaurant & Brewery, this beverage trail is the ultimate drinking experience. Hours vary for each location so make sure to check out the websites of the various destinations before arrival. With 27 various beverage options on the trail, you’ll definitely want to make the most out of your trip by staying in one of the several hotels in the area when you’re not enjoying craft beverages. Distances from each station vary, but you can experience the trail from the Saratoga Springs, Fort-Edwards-Glen Falls, and Whitehall stations. While visiting the Adirondacks, visitors can stay at the Lincoln Log Colony in Lake George, NY, which has fun activities like shuffle board and a 20-mile bike trail.
Cooperstown Beverage Trail
Central New York
Distance from Amsterdam Station: Various
Running 37 miles through Otsego County in Central New York, the Cooperstown Beverage Trail is the last trail on the list. Although at its origin the Cooperstown Beverage Trail only included four stops, today the beverage trail includes seven separate breweries, distilleries, and wineries. On the trail is the Bear Pond Winery, Cooperstown Brewing Company, the scenic Brewery Ommegang, the award-winning Cooperstown Distillery, picturesque and locally grown Pail Shop Vineyards, the historic Fly Creek Cider Mill & Orchard and finally, Rustic Ridge Winery. Each of the stops are open at various hours and days; however, each of which are currently open, despite the Covid-19 pandemic. To avoid any inconveniences, make sure to check the hours for each location on the trail. A fantastic hotel to stay in during your visit is the historic and unique, Amsterdam Castle. This castle is closest to Amtrak’s Amsterdam Station in Central New York. If you’re looking to enjoy more of Central New York’s beautiful scenery off the trail, the Erie Canal Bike Path is a must-see destination, conveniently close to Amsterdam Castle.
Distilleries & Cideries
Hillrock Estate Distillery
Hudson River Valley
Distance from Hudson Station: 21 miles
Founded in the early 1800’s, this 200-year-old destination is the perfect location for those who enjoy a taste of history alongside their drink. The Hillrock Estate Distillery is the fifth on this list and located in the beautiful Hudson River Valley and 22 miles from Hudson Station. This distillery produces hand-crafted spirits with their own floor malted grain. Quality and detail are Hillrock Estate Distillery’s top priorities, as they have upheld this notion during prohibition times and well after. Hillrock carries a variety of whiskey, such as their Single Malt, Double Cask Rye and Solera Aged Bourbon. While you try some of these hand-crafted spirits, enjoy the view that overlooks their barley fields and the Berkshire Mountains. Spend your day at the Distillery with two of their tours, including the Tour and Tasting with Charcuterie & Cheese Plate and their Field-to-Glass Tour & Tasting.
Nine Pin Cider Works
Distance from Albany-Rensselaer Station: 3.1 miles
Enjoy the locally grown cider flavors of Albany, New York at Nine Pin Cider Works. Although it’s not currently open for dine in, you can still enjoy a delicious variety of craft beverages at New York’s first farm cidery. Visitors are welcome to the tasting experience at the cidery’s outdoor café while maintaining safe social distancing. The outdoor café is currently open Mon-Thurs from 4-9 PM, Friday from 4-11 PM, Saturday from 12-11 PM and Sunday from 11 AM-7 PM. Nine Pin prioritizes local agriculture, using apples and fruits only grown in New York state. Whether you’re trying their crisp and refreshing Signature cider, or the spicy yet balanced Ginger cider, you’ll be sure to find something delicious. Worried about wheat products? Nine Pin Cider Works only carries naturally gluten free ciders. Travel to this destination via Amtrak. Nine Pin is only 2.5 miles from Albany-Rensselaer Station.
Distance from Saratoga Springs Station: 1.5 miles
Also listed on some of the aforementioned beverage trails, Druthers Brewery is a must-visit destination in Saratoga Springs, NY. Druthers Brewery is much more than your average restaurant. The brewery is home to a multitude of tasty hand-crafted beers. As one of Saratoga’s most visited breweries, Druthers uses a 10BBL brewing system. Located 1.5 miles from Saratoga Station, the brewery is a prime destination to enjoy a style of beer for everyone. With so many craft beer options on tap, it is easy to find your new favorite beer. Alongside their hand-crafted beers, the brewery carries custom glassware to provide the ultimate beer drinking experience. Whether you enjoy IPAs, sours or ales, this brewing company caters to every beer-lover. Know before you go and check out Druthers Brewery’s temporary hours.
Frog Alley Brewing
Distance from Schenectady Station: 0.2 mile
Included on some of the beverage trails mentioned above, Frog Alley Brewing is a popular destination on this list. Located in the heart of Schenectady, and 0.2 miles from Schenectady Station, this brewing company has multiple craft beers on tap or canned. Try popular flavors, such as the Skull Frog, or the Captain Ellis. From IPAs to seasonal beers, Frog Alley Brewing has something for every beer drinker. The establishment is open every day of the week at different hours. This brewing company is the perfect destination to sit back and relax with a beer in hand and live music to enjoy. Can’t get enough of what you tried at Frog Alley? The brewing company’s craft beverages are carried at most local grocery stores.
Distance from Rochester Station: 0.5 mile
Enjoy craft beverages from one of the oldest and largest breweries in New York at Genesee Brewery in Rochester. This brewery is only 0.5 miles from Rochester Station via Amtrak, making it a convenient trip. The Brew House at Genesee carries 16 taps with a variety of beverage and beer options. While tours and tastings are unavailable at this time, visitors can still enjoy and experience countless brews. Founded in 1878, Genesee Brewery is the perfect attraction for beer drinkers, no matter what your favorite type of beer is. Although Rochester is home to many great beer destinations, Genesee is sure to stand out among the other breweries. Don’t miss out on visiting one of the world’s best breweries. Buy a handcrafted drink and experience one of the world’s greatest beer destinations.
Saranac Matt Brewing Company
Central New York
Distance from Utica Station: 1.3 miles
Despite being temporarily closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Saranac Matt Brewing Company is a must-see destination once it eventually reopens. Located right in Central New York, and under the leadership of the fourth generation of the Matt family, the Saranac Matt Brewing Company serves a vast variety of craft beverages. This brewing company is only 1.4 miles from Utica Station, making it a quick and easy traveling experience. Visitors can expect craft beverages, ranging from IPAs, spiked seltzers, ales, ciders and even soft drinks. Founded in 1888, the Matt family’s brewing company survived the prohibition era and much more. In the meantime, you can support the Saranac Matt Brewing Company by purchasing any of their several brews online through their website.
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