Hit the Hudson Berkshire Beverage Trail this weekend

November 7th, 2013 by Russ Gibson

The Hudson Berklocal wineshire Beverage Trail, a collection of 3 local wineries, a local brewery and a local distillery, present “Shop, Sip and Savor” a holiday preview of locally produced wines and spirits this weekend on Saturday and Sunday, November 9 and 10.  A “passport” can be purchased at any participating venue for $15, which entitles bearers to tastings of some of the Hudson Valley’s and Berkshires’ outstanding products along with specially paired foods.  Participating in the event are:

Hudson-Chatham Winery, Chatham Brewing, Harvest Spirits Distillery, and Brookview Station Winery in New York, and Furnace Brook Winery in Massachusetts.local spirit

The locavore movement, focused on supporting local farmers and purveyors, includes local producers of wines and spirits as well.  The Trail is described on the website as, the premiere beverage trail in New York State and the Hudson Valley. There is nothing like it! Tucked in between the Hudson Valley and the Berkshire Mountains, the trail extends from Southeast of Albany down to Hudson, New York. You’ll find handcrafted and award-winning and celebrated wines, beers, and spirits. And you’ll also be able to experience farm fresh produce, artisanal cheeses, baked goods, 100% natural maple syrup, fresh apple ciders, and other gourmet, local food products!”

For a long time most New York wines and spirits rarely found their way onto people’s table and restaurants’ wine lists – the exception being the wines produced in the Finger Lakes, which have long been widely recognized for consistency and quality.  Lately, however, wines and spirits produced in the Hudson Valley and Berkshires have grown in popularity.  Hand crafted from locally grown grapes, fruits and grains The Hudson Berkshire Beverage Trail businesses have increased demand for their products, which can be found beyond local area wine/liquor stores.  In addition most of the producers have also created their own cocktails, many of which will be sampled during this weekend’s event.

So if local is what you’re after then you won’t want to miss Shop, Sip and Savor this weekend.