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Brew with a view

Brew with a view

Zeus Brewing Company opens in Poughkeepsie with fresh beer and Italian fare; Rooftop bar coming this summer. The fact that the site is diagonally opposite the Cunneen-Hackett Building, once the mansion of brewing magnate Matthew Vassar, is purely coincidental.

Red Hook & the Chocolate Festival returns

Red Hook & the Chocolate Festival returns

Saturday, Nov. 2: The Chocolate Factory in Red Hook was founded in 1888 by William H. Baker – no relation to the older, more famous Walter H. Baker Company, but Red Hook’s Baker was not above exploiting the coincidence to promote his business, starting what became known as the Chocolate Wars. At the height of production, 20,000 pounds of chocolate were produced in Red Hook each day.

Brew U Beer Festival returns to CIA

Brew U Beer Festival returns to CIA

Saturday, Oct. 19: Guests can tour the CIA brewery with head brewer Hutch Kugeman, talk to local and regional brewers, taste their beers and learn what’s unique about their breweries, all while enjoying food for which the CIA is world-famous.