Strolled in about 45 minutes after noon on an Saturday in late May. Seemed to be more employees inside than customers, though a small gathering was outside in the warm sun. Large open space with dim lighting and the smell of smoked meat filling the air. A number of servers passed me by while I sat at the bar, finally one did talk to me. Saw this same sort of thing a few more times while there, lots of employees walking back and forth behind the bar passing by customers and not really doing much service. Could just have been me though.
There were 14 beers on when I went, and it looked like there could be up to 24 based on the taps on the wall, plus a cask. While this sounds lovely, it’s going to be tough to try them all unless you bring a small crowd with you to share. There are no flights offered, and the pours are either 10 ounces, or 25 ounces. They will do samples though, which look a bit silly sitting as the bottom ounce or so in a big handled 10 ounce mug.
Additionally, this is a cash only place (with an ATM on premise), which when combined with the smallest pour option being 10 ounces, really limited my desire to spend any significant amount of time here.
I didn’t eat here, but the menu looks solid if you’re into barbecue and smoked meat. If you’re a vegetarian you’re going to have a tougher time of it, and are limited to mac and cheese, potato salad, cole slaw, or deviled eggs.
Beers were ok, but not great. I can’t personally see a reason to come back, and wouldn’t recommend a visit unless you’re trying to hit all of the NY breweries, or something along those lines.
Warehouse type atmosphere. Kinda noisy with it being all open and all surfaces brick or concrete. Rock music a bit loud, but it was Friday night, so that’s ok. Staff was attentive and friendly. The beers I had were good and the bbq was very good. If I’m ever in the area again, I’ll come back.
Took a Monday off from work to get some winter hiking in and stopped here on return. Industrial warehouse tons of tanks and brewing activities at hand. Just ok ambiance kind of s what it s, they ave a beer hall area with stage. Service was ok but bartender brewing most the time. Although when my cousin asked if they did flights he responded no but what beers do you like and I’ll recommend, coors light? Bud light? Blue moon?; then later I asked what kind of beer one was and he said it’s like blue moon. Seems more indicative of clientel but so many macro comparisons seemed odd. There were an annoying amount of fruit fies to. But overall I can see how this can be fun place when more lively.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Right next to a train station, which is cool if you’re 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 don’t do flight but half glasses are reasonably priced. They had half a dozen beers available and some (expensive) bottles for take away. Service wasn’t overly good when I asked if I could sample everything. Instead I ordered a few small glasses and headed out.
The atmosphere isn’t 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 wasn’t particularly excited to help me but I got what I ordered. At that time the kitchen wasn’t open but they did have some beef jerky. Prices were a little steep too. I probably wouldn’t 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 what’s new.
Located across the street from the town train station, this is a very masculine place full of cement blocks, steel, and exposed wooden planks. it’s basically a small production brewery that they’ve 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. It’s too bad, it’s such a cool space.
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).