Once a year my knitting club takes a trip to Pearl River in Rockland county to go to a little craft store there. Included in the trip is a visit to Defiant Brewing Co. which is right over the tracks from the train station. The day goes, meet at Penn Station, take NJ Transit to Pearl River, buy yarn, drink beer. For me this makes Defiant Brewing Co. today’s stop on Bella’s Fabulous Tri-State beer tour. Stick around, because today, there are two stops. Defiant is one of the breweries that serves food. As such dogs are not allowed. It is family friendly there. The food is mainly barbecue with just two vegetarian options, Mac-n-cheese and deviled eggs. Since I have discovered I am allergic to eggs and my system doesn’t tolerate mac-n-cheese anymore, unless it’s my own, and they were out of Brat, I got the chili. Which was not as spicy as I like it, a little too barbecue flavor, but made with shredded meat not hamburger so a win anyway.
From the picture you can tell they have a fairly large taproom with plenty of tables for eating and drinking and socializing with your mates. The day we went they were decorating for a wedding reception and were closing at 3:00 pm. If you are wondering, who has a wedding reception at a brewery? I think I would for one. This is where I tell you this picture to the right is only the front half of the brewery, in fact the tanks in the slide show below were behind me when I took this shot. The fact that they were closing early turned out to be fortuitous since on the way to The Stitchery we saw Gentle Giant. The second stop on today’s edition of Bella’s Fabulous Tri-State beer tour.
And my growler bag was a hit, everybody loved it.