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Peekskill Herald

Trouble brewing at Peekskill Brewery?

Owners say they’re working to shore up business
Peekskill Brewery’s beer garden on a weekend when it wasn’t raining.

In the wake of celebrating 15 years in business last month, on a rainy weekend that is indicative of events out of their control, the Peekskill Brewery is working diligently to cope with the aftermath of the pandemic on its business, say the owners.

Speaking to the Herald on Thursday, Morgan Berardi who, along with her brother Keith and his wife Kara, run Peekskill’s only brewery from the South Water Street location, said they are struggling on a number of fronts to shore up their business. The trio is aware of the rumors brewing throughout the community concerning the struggles the company is facing.

“There are many layers to this, stemming from the COVID pandemic,” said Berardi.  “We are trying to work through multiple solutions.”  If people want to support the business, she encouraged them to attend their ‘Kick The Keg’ event on November 22 from 12 to 6 p.m. where they sell off their PB beers as well as the seasonal brews of Ichabod and Oktoberfest beers. “Thanksgiving is usually a time where folks showcase their local brewpub to out-of-town guests and so we wanted to make all our styles available. We have always been so happy that people are proud to bring their family and friends during the holidays,” said Kara Berardi.

Seven weekends of rain cancelling outdoor festivals have also contributed to difficulties for a business that relies heavily on outdoor events and dry weather. The Peekskill Brewery is more than a restaurant and a brewery. There are numerous ancillary groups that call the establishment a beloved member of the community, from the PB Run, to the Peekskill Mugs and numerous dart leagues.

“We value our community so much, they, as our long-time supporters and loyal stakeholders, want to know what is happening, and we completely understand. However, until we have concrete answers all we can ask is for their continued support. In the meantime, our normal operations are being maintained,” said Kara Berardi.







About the Contributor
Regina Clarkin
Regina Clarkin, Editor and Publisher
When the Peekskill Herald weekly newspaper ceased publishing in August 2000 it was the first time in the history of the city that there wasn’t a local newspaper.  The award-winning weekly was often referred to as the ‘glue’ of the community. Founded on January 9, 1986 by Regina Clarkin, Kathy Daley and Rich Zahradnik with a $7,000 credit card line, the paper filled the void created when the daily Evening Star was sold to Gannett and moved out of town. Founding publisher Regina Clarkin continued to live in the Peekskill Cortlandt area and turned her attention to other life endeavors.  Through the ensuing 19 years, Clarkin was frequently stopped in town and asked when she would start up the Herald again. In January 2019, Clarkin decided it was less labor intensive to deliver a weekly blog than a print newspaper so she began posting one story a week about life in Peekskill. After a successful crowd funding campaign in 2020, the Herald was incorporated as a non-profit corporation in July of 2021. Peekskill Herald is a digital relative of the former print edition, featuring many of the favorite aspects of the beloved Peekskill Herald such as old pictures, personality profiles and well written stories about newsworthy events. Regina Clarkin is the editor and publisher of the site. Photo by Joe Squillante