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“Great unassuming beer hangout”

Defiant Brewing Co.
Ranked #14 of 51 Restaurants in Pearl River
Cuisines: American
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Reviewed February 20, 2013

We stopped in to Defiant one weekend afternoon on a beer tour of the Hudson Valley we found online. We began here and ended up really liking the beer. We unfortunately arrived too early to try any of their food, I guess they only serve at dinner time. The atmosphere was very unassuming, there is basically a long bar and a few tables under the active fermentation tanks. Some of the tanks are even used for serving and the bartender will draft your beer from them. They have a rotating selection and a few regulars. We tried the blonde and the IPA and both were very good. There's something about beer straight from the tank that tastes way better.

The service was good as well. We were served right away and the bartender kept checking up on us and told us a little about the history of the brewery and about the beer. The owner even stopped by and talked tous a little about running the place.

It had a great local family owned vibe and we'll definitely be back to continue to fill our new growlers.

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Thank Tyler L
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Reviewed January 15, 2013

Beer was great but for the one non beer drinker the only other choice was tap water in a glass that tasted like soap. Meat was over the top with dry rub, portions very large. Place filled with 20-30 age group and became super noisey. Hard to see the food since lights are very dim in keeping with the atmosphere. Prices are fair.

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Thank Suziq614
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Reviewed September 23, 2012

The beer is great, the food is great, the bartenders are great, the prices are great, and the atmosphere is great! i have nothing bad to say about this place. Ive been here a few times and every time its as good as the last! try the BBQ sampler and their stout! for real the wings and brisket are some of the best ive had!

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Thank aRedLetterLife
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Reviewed September 4, 2012

Less than 100 feet from the Pearl River train station is the Defiant Brewery. It's a brewery with a bar in it, creating a great atmosphere. The beer is top notch with rotating taps, the service was very good with friendly bartenders, and the recently added BBQ (Saturday and Sunday only) is worth the trip alone! I went on a late Saturday afternoon so it wasn't crowded and based on the location I can't see it being packed at any time. I must say that the O'Defiant Stout is one of the top 3 stouts I've ever had....and this is coming from someone who has lived in Ireland!

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Thank RoaryCat
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Reviewed August 13, 2012

Let me set the expectations for this place. This is NOT some fancy restaurant which also makes mediocre beer. It's a working brewery making great beer and ale. The owner and brewmaster, Neill Acer also loves food and has some great food available on the weekends.

Because it's a working brewery, not all brews are available at all times. However, on July 14, 2012 - the 6th Birthday of the brewery - 13 beers were available on Draft, and several more in bottles.

They sell draft and bottled beer to drink there, and draft and bottled beer to go. It's also sold in most of the bars and restaurants in Pearl River if you want to eat first before visiting the brewery. Draft beer to go is sold in "Growlers", half-gallon bottles which kept sealed can keep the beer fresh (when refrigerated, of course) for up to two weeks.

Great place with Great Beer with a Great staff! Just not fancy.

Thank Jerry R
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