EVAN AND EMILY WATSON’S JOURNEY into brewing began at a single-barrel nanobrewery in Fishkill. Their beers grew popular, despite the fact that they were available only at local farmers’ markets. In 2014, the discovery of an old farm in Poughkeepsie and funding from a friend paved the way for Plan Bee Farm Brewery. The couple purchased the 25-acre farm in 2015 and began rebuilding its three-story barn. Three years later, the renovation goes on, but the beer already is flowing.
The newly opened tasting room at the brewery features eight beers on tap, a guest tap for local cider and New York wine, and a selection of cheeses, popcorn and other snacks, all produced by local farmers. Plan Bee bottled beer also is available for purchase.
The beer can be enjoyed inside the tasting room, but visitors are encouraged to explore the farm and apiary. “We want to offer an experience where visitors can taste, touch, and smell the ingredients we grow on the farm,” Emily says.