United States > New York > Pearl River
Sammy (611) Toronto, Ontario | March 5, 2014
70 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 14/20
What you see is what you get. I came late and night and the brewing was going on right in front and on the side of me, with spelt grain dust swirling around my head. Fun to discuss beers with the brewer, and the quality was decent enough. Drop in if in the area, but call for GPS instructions, hard to find!
SYak (3) New York | December 14, 2013
70 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
Not much in the ambiance department as the space is a long narrow warehouse type building with bright lights. The copper clad brewing equipment behind the long bar is quite striking. They have a nice rotating selection of good to great beers. I like how they keep your tab written on coasters. Fill growlers or enjoy mugs at the bar, or both.
BeerandBlues2 (846) San Diego, California | November 8, 2013
86 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
Defiant is located just off the railroad tracks in an industrial complex around the corner from "Main St" Pearl River. The interior is dark yet adequately lit for conversation and beer enjoyment. The tanks are staring at you from behind the bar with only the servers between you and fresh beer. Good food accompanies the beers, and friendly staff keep your glass filled.
Travlr (2114) Washington, Washington DC | October 27, 2013
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 14/20
This place is in a large warehouse. Lined with a long bar on your right as you enter, with fermentation and erving vessels behind, and a line of tables to the left. Sadly, they do not offer samplers, just 10 or 25 ounce pours. Interesting range of beers, which were mostly decent. We had cheese and packaged saltine crackers as a snak, but the pulled pork and other meats looked pretty good.
t0rin0 (1511) Do Not Resuscitate, California | September 6, 2013
62 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 13/20
Visited May 2012.
Right next to a train station, which is cool if youíre coming from NYC. I remember hearing a lot about these guys when I first got into beer so I was excited to check out the brewery. Sadly they donít do flight but half glasses are reasonably priced. They had half a dozen beers available and some (expensive) bottles for take away. Service wasnít overly good when I asked if I could sample everything. Instead I ordered a few small glasses and headed out.
The atmosphere isnít all that inviting here, at least not when I was there. They pushed some of the brewing equipment aside and put some bar stools in. It was about a hundred degrees and it smelled of spent grain. As mentioned before the bartender wasnít particularly excited to help me but I got what I ordered. At that time the kitchen wasnít open but they did have some beef jerky. Prices were a little steep too. I probably wouldnít go out of my way to drive here but if I was heading somewhere on the train I might get out at this stop and see whatís new.
DiarmaidBHK (760) Lewisburg, Pennsylvania | April 8, 2013
66 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 10/20
Located across the street from the town train station, this is a very masculine place full of cement blocks, steel, and exposed wooden planks. itís basically a small production brewery that theyíve turned into a taproom by putting a long bar almost the length of room. They only accept cash but they do have an ATM in the back by the bathrooms. they had 5-6 year-rounders and 4-5 seasonals which were priced at 2 dollars more a glass than the stable product. The bartenders were friendly and attentive. Unfortunately the beers were a big disappointment as the styles I sampled were boring and bland. Itís too bad, itís such a cool space.
PRBeer (411) Parsippany, New Jersey | March 5, 2013
86 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 18/20
Really fun place in Pearl River literally across from the train station (great way to visit a brewery!). Bar runs down the length of the beer tanks in an industrial factory setting. The beers are very good and tend towards European very recipes...especially German and English styles. They have their owm BBQ smoker and make great BBQ on Fridays & Saturdays. The beer and BBQ is a "very" nice combo. Try some of their specialty beers...very original and often strong in character (sometimes alcohol too).
HighlanderOne (8) Bergen County, New Jersey | December 23, 2011
80 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 16/20
Iíve done quite a bit of business at Defiant in the past few years, so itís time to rate the place. Basically itís a long bar in the middle of a working brewery. Itís not exactly swank, but thereís a certain charm in that. Staff is busy, but friendly and know their beer quite well. I have drank beers at the bar as well as purchased growlers, bottles and even a keg there and have been pleased by their brews. As far as the food, I have only had their cheese tray (it was good). Overall Iíd say that this is a pretty cool place. Would like to check it out on a busy night to really get an idea of the atmosphere.
Cletus (233) Connecticut | August 13, 2011
84 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 17/20
Located across from the train station. The place itself is a brewery that is very long with an equally long bar. They now serve bbq, cheese and have a kitchen, though I didnít order any when I was there. Great beers, super friendly staff, good prices, growlers, cash only. Iíll definitely be back for more!
BREWMUSKCLES (117) New Jersey | August 4, 2009| Updated August 5, 2009
54 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 11/20
the brewery is next to the pearl river train station in a squat cinderblock mini industry truck depot. the operation is right up in your face and you can see the day to day activities that go on in there. the people are decent enough like the beers. the brews are served on a long bar and there is information available to the public as well as opportunity to join the select club of imbibers at the cost of $100. a bit worn down and haggard looking the overall vibe is mediocrity which ainít half bad huh?!
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