Five breweries collaborate to create first-ever Rockland Beer Week

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BY AARON MOELLER

Forget the census map, have you seen the new beer map of Rockland, a virtual grid that dots the proliferation east to west of local breweries?

The first-ever Rockland County Beer Week seeks to connect local beer lovers to the burgeoning microbrewery scene. This week’s “pub crawl” can connect you to the following local breweries: Industrial Arts, Garnerville; Defiant, Pearl River; Gentle Giant, Pearl River; Kuka, Blauvelt; and District 96, New City.

The five breweries are co-collaborators on the Beer Week concept. The breweries even united their efforts to co-create a brand-new brew draft called “Rocklandia,” announced to the public Friday, July 13.

Described as a “boutique New England style IPA,” tyou can try the new draft this Thursday, July 26 at Growler and Gill as they host the Rockland Brewery showcase from 6 – 9 p.m. Rocklandia will also be be available in cans beginning Saturday, July 28.

To kick off weekend festivities, Growler and Gill will host local musicians Friday, July 27 for an all-star music and beer evening. Starting at 5 p.m. and lasting through the night local acts including Cool Mess, Chris Bolger, John Carson, Jay Mickens and Whiskey Fox Trot will perform at Growler.

The Rockland Beer Week pub crawl continues Saturday night at Defiant Brewery in Pearl River, where more local music and locally-produced alcohol will be featured for public consumption. Brewery tour buses will be circling the area on Sunday, connecting consumers to spots in Manhattan and Bergen County.