Union Road Brewing Co. Serves Artistic Brews and Upscale Bar Meals

Union Road Brewing Co. in Hudson opened on July 15 to a packed home. Positioned in a Nineteen Thirties warehouse in historic downtown Hudson, the brewery is a block away from bustling Warren Road. Turning down Cherry Alley, you enter via the walled beer backyard, which is decked out with lush inexperienced plantings, four-top tables, and smooth, black Adirondack chairs.

Contained in the taproom, you’ll discover a excessive ceiling criss-crossed with darkish wooden beams, a black U-shaped bar, a poured-concrete flooring, and wooden tables of various styles and sizes. A lot of the wooden is reclaimed from the unique warehouse. “We’re simply going to deal with offering one of the best expertise for our prospects, [giving] them excellent drinks, nice service, nice meals in a welcoming ambiance,” says Emma O’Donnell, who based the brewery along with her husband Paul and manages taproom operations.

Neither had been within the brewery trade earlier than opening Union Road, however they’ve been residence brewers for greater than 10 years. At first, they invited family and friends over to pattern their beers—predominantly IPAs, a mode that supplied them with alternatives to experiment with a spread of flavors and substances. Round 2019, as they refined their strategies and realized extra concerning the course of, the O’Donnells realized they needed to show their pastime right into a occupation. “We realized we’d prefer to take this a step additional and share it with our neighborhood,” Emma says.

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The couple, who stay in Pink Hook, discovered their house on Union Road in 2021 after scouring actual property listings on-line and driving across the Hudson Valley, optimistically trying to find a “on the market” signal. “It’s difficult discovering the fitting website for a enterprise like ours, that mixes each a producing and a client-facing [front],” Emma says.

After closing on the house in October 2021, they broke floor in March of the next 12 months. The renovation took 15 months, as a result of the constructing and adjoining lot have been in “fairly tough form,” based on Emma. The warehouse house had not been utilized in practically 50 years. They selected to protect the envelope of the constructing and the wooden beams supporting the ceiling to “slot in with a Hudson historic vibe, and [the] look of town,” Emma says.

With 5 faucets, Union Road will probably be open year-round, serving summer season ales and chilly IPAs within the heat months and heavier, warming beers like chocolatey stouts within the winter. Present choices embrace a summer season ale with citra and mosaic hops and a spelt pale ale, in addition to stouts and hazy IPAs. The brewmaster Keir Hamilton leans into German- and Czech-style beers, together with pilsners, lagers, and kolschs. The beer recipe improvement is a collaboration between Hamilton and Paul.

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Union Road additionally serves wine by the glass (hovering round $12), cider from the New Paltz-based Brooklyn Cider Home ($8), and canned cocktails from Southern Tier ($12). Union Road beers and their associates deal with utilizing native substances, which helps Hudson Valley farmers and reduces the brewery’s carbon footprint.

Whereas many breweries today are choosing the lower-maintenance meals truck route, the O’Donnells have leaned into their culinary choices with CIA-trained head chef Joel Somerstein. Union Road serves an upscale bar meals menu, that includes fusion small plates designed to be eaten along with your palms. “[Our menu] is sort of eclectic, sort of like [a] world traveler,” says Emma.

Count on choices just like the lamb koftas, a historically Center Japanese dish, inflected with Indian spices and served on skewers. The “greater bites” part of the menu runs the gamut from shrimp tacos served with salsa verde and crema to sausage in puff pastry with beer mustard. Snacks embrace bar nuts and chips dusted with togarashi, a Japanese chili powder.

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The flavour profile of the menu was impressed by Emma’s travels in Asia; she moved to Tokyo in 1991 after she completed school. It was in Tokyo that she met Paul. In 1996, Paul’s job introduced them each again to New York, the place he labored in finance. Emma had a profession in human sources, then educated as an inside designer, and later transitioned into the brewery enterprise. “Every part you do in life helps you with beginning a enterprise,” she displays, noting how her time in HR taught her challenge administration, and easy methods to create a optimistic work atmosphere. Due to her inside design coaching, as soon as renovations started she was capable of work intently with the architects and creatively collaborate on a imaginative and prescient for the house.

Along with the beer backyard and taproom, Union Road has a 1,000-square-foot occasion house, and although they’ve been open for lower than every week they’ve already been flooded with requests for weddings and personal events. Within the close to future, they could maintain their very own occasions, reminiscent of beer tastings and seated dinners with beer pairings. When there isn’t an occasion occurring, the house serves as a lounge, decked out with plush sofas and crops.

Beer Vacation spot

Hudson is already a burgeoning beer tourism vacation spot, with three different breweries inside the metropolis limits, and the O’Donnells are glad for Union Road to change into a part of that. “We really feel {that a} rising tide lifts all boats,” Emma says.

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“We love the neighborhood round beer,” she says of her the-more-the-merrier method. “While you go to California, nobody says ‘Oh my God, there’s too many wineries.’”

Don’t miss a summer season afternoon spent stress-free at Union Road, open Thursday-Sunday.