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Posted on February 13, 2015 by NYCBG
Brewmaster Jeff O’Neil has announced that he will be leaving Peekskill Brewery to start his own venture. O’Neil will remain at Peekskill through mid-March.
Matt Levy has been working under O’Neil at Peekskill since 2014 and is set to be his successor. Formerly of Jolly Pumpkin and Captain Lawrence, Levy’s contributions to Peekskill will be interesting to see. Having already established themselves as East Coast standouts in the wonderful world of hoppy beers, many wonder whether Levy will take his experience at Jolly Pumpkin and develop a barrel program to direct Peekskill in a more sour-centric direction.
O’Neil plans to open his new brewery somewhere in the lower Hudson Valley in 2016, and focus on brewing a limited selection of beers really well (specifically pale ales). The new setup will include a tasting room and a canning line, so we should expect to see distribution begin almost immediately after launch.
There will be a going away party held in O’Neil’s honor at Blind Tiger Ale House on March 11, where they’ll reportedly be serving 20 Peekskill beers. Sounds like a great way to cap off NYC Beer Week.
Cheers Jeff, and we look forward to seeing what you have in store for the future.
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