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Peekskill Brewery closing Wednesday after 15 year run
Peekskill Brewery’s first location on Railroad Avenue.

In an email and Instagram post today, Peekskill Brewery owners announced their closing on Wednesday and invited patrons to come and celebrate one last time at their brewing facility on Water Street from 12 -8 p.m. and help ‘Kick the Keg’. 

Peekskill Brewery, which opened in the waterfront neighborhood 15 years ago, was a pioneer in Peekskill’s entertainment scene and has been an integral component of the community. The first craft beer company in Northern Westchester, they began in a small space on Railroad Avenue and expanded across the block to the Water Street facility which they found an investor to purchase in 2021 when their landlord said she was ready to sell as the pandemic unfolded. 

Peekskill Brewery at its current location.

“In the spirit of the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, we want to acknowledge all of the people and experiences for which we will be forever grateful. We do this while sharing very sad news. Peekskill Brewery’s last day of operating will be Wednesday, November 22, 2023,” brewery owners announced in a Monday morning email. 

“Over the last 15 years we have watched our children grow at PB. We’ve seen folks fall in love and have children of their own. Our beer garden has become the best doggy meetup in Peekskill!  During difficult times when folks needed friends and their community to pick them up, we have been here. Many staff members, short term and long term, have come through these doors. We enjoyed not only their training but nurturing their growth and supporting their ambitions.  For all of you that we have laughed with, cried, reminisced, celebrated and grieved- thank you. You changed us and taught us so much. 

“We must also give a huge shout out to our PB Mug Club and Run PB for all your loyalty and enthusiasm! You will always hold a special place in our hearts.

Scene from the Brewery’s 14th anniversary party in 2022.

“When PB opened in 2008, we had a dream to be MAKERS. You helped us achieve that dream as we created not just beer and food but experiences, and most of all community.  Over the last 15 years, many societal tragedies have deeply cut us on a personal level.  However, none have impacted the business of Peekskill Brewery as much as the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“We ask you to understand that we have done everything we could to keep PB operating including incurring debt and restructuring operations (several times to meet customer’s changing preferences and behaviors). However, Peekskill Brewery’s sales have not returned to pre-pandemic levels and we can no longer afford to operate.  

“Fifteen years of owning and operating a small business brings unimaginable challenges. It also contributed to our personal and professional growth in ways that we hope to carry with us as we move forward. We want to again express our deepest gratitude to all in our community for allowing us to serve you and hope that when you remember PB a smile comes to your face.

Cheers in Perpetuity, 

Keith and Kara Berardi, Morgan 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