North River Hops & Brewing Opens Today in Wappingers!


For the second week in a row, another new brewery opens its doors in Dutchess County.  Last week it was Last Stop Brewing in Poughkeepsie, this week we welcome North River to the local craft beer community.  The Grand Opening is today at 3pm, and they’ll be open until 8 tonight for tastings and growler fills, then again from 12-6 on Saturday and Sunday.  Stop by, have a taste and wish them well!  Here’s the nitty gritty from Nicki of North River…

Who are the folks behind North River and what are their backgrounds?

North River was founded my parents, my husband and myself. My father (Kevin) is a carpenter of 30+ years, my mother (Felicia) in banking, my husband (Brandin) is an a/v technician and specialist and I am a current SAHM and former math teacher. A rather eclectic bunch.


Will the brewery’s tasting room serve food or will it be just a brewery?

We will have a very modestly sized tasting room connected to the brewery. Our total operation is happening in under 1000 square feet. We will not be serving any food, but are conveniently next to Mexicali Blue and Giacomo’s Pizza! Our tasting room is separate from our brewing area by a bar, which will allow customers to see the equipment and the brewing process when they come in for tastings and purchases. We also. Have a small retail space where we will be selling locally crafted goods complementary to our beers. We are structuring our tasting room similar to Captain Lawrence – purchase a tasting glass for $4 and use it to try our variety of beers. Bring your glass back for future samples.

What will be the flagship or opening day beers?

Belgian Session, heavily hopped pale ale (5.4% with 84 ibus), red IPA, Belgian IPA, east coast IPA, and wheat. Our session amber is just shy of being ready.

What is the overall philosophy of the brewery?

To make good, fresh, locally crafted beers, easily accessible to everyone. We want people to feel connected to the brewing process and to see where their beer is coming from.

What are some of the beers/breweries that have inspired you guys to open your own?

There are so many amazing stories behind so many breweries. We couldn’t begin to narrow it down to just one.  We are truly inspired by any brewery who lives to make good beer and share it with everyone.

Will you guys be distributing beer outside of your own location?

Yes, but minimally. Our ultimate goal is to contract brew recipes unique for individual establishments supplemental to our sales out of the tap room.

Do you have any concerns about the craft beer market or, specifically, the Hudson Valley becoming overcrowded in the future?

It’s always nerve-racking to hear of another brewery in planning, because, you know, competition, but honestly, we are not worried about overcrowding in the near future.  It will force us to keep improving our products and listening to the market to really make sure we are providing people with what they want. The strong will survive. The weak will have to make changes or move over. I think it’s a healthy and natural progression.

We still meet people who are shocked that a brewery is going in; so many people are that disconnected from the scene they don’t see how much popularity it is gaining in the area.

What are the specs on your brewing capacity?

We are using a locally designed, 3 bbl, electric brew house by brewmation. We have 43bbl fermenters, 27bbl fermenters, 23bbl brites and 17bbl brite. With that equipment, we will have the capacity to brew 5 days a week, 6(ish) bbls a day. All of our fermenters are hooked up to a glycol unit and our brites are housed in our walk in cooler.


How many people will the brewery employ?

For now, just our four owners. We project an expansion that will allow us to employ a few additional employees.

What will make North River stand out from the other local breweries?

We are really trying to bridge the gap between a brewery/brewpub and a retail beer establishment. We want people to enjoy tasting our beers while feeling a connection to our brewery and it’s operations, but making it easy and convenient to take that beer and enjoy it at home. We all know the best way to enjoy beer is fresh; we want to make sure that our customers are getting the freshest beer possible and also enjoying their experience in a comfortable, friendly environment. We are highlighting local ingredients (from our own hops – which are farmed at our residence, to fresh, local fruits) and local products that have been carefully curated and specially created for NRHB to sell from our tasting room. We also plan on exclusively playing local musicians during our business hours. Our community is very important for the survival of our region; we want to do our part to help the Hudson Valley, it’s artisans and entrepreneurs and it’s residents thrive.

To visit or get in touch:
1571 Route 9, Suite 5, Wappingers Falls, NY 12590
Instagram – @northriverbrews

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