There’s something new brewing in Yonkers. Or more accurately, someone new is doing the brewing.
Yonkers Brewing Co., the brewery and restaurant at 92 Main St., has added a new head brewer to its roster. Longtime beer aficionado Ray Girard joined the ranks of the 6-year-old brewery last month.
On a recent visit, WAG tried one of the first brews from Girard, a namesake Ray’s IPA that he describes as a bridge between a West Coast-style and New England IPA.
“That beer was a way for people to get to know my name and see my first stamp on the brewery,” he said.
Other brews include a Beaux-Art Saison, named after the architectural style used in designing Untermyer Gardens, and a Utopia Parkway Pilsner, a nod to his former home in Queens.
Those brews pair perfectly with a number of menu items at Yonkers Brewing, from perogies and sauerkraut to a pulled pork sandwich. Another standout was a shrimp and avocado salad drizzled with dressing and topped with crumbled bacon.
And don’t forget about dessert. On a recent visit, WAG sampled some delectable ice cream and brownies to end our evening.
In his new position, Girard will follow in the footsteps of Dave Hartmann, a 25-year veteran of the craft beer industry who joined the company in 2017 and departed earlier this year.
The new hire is just one of the changes Yonkers Brewing has seen in recent months. The company earlier this year expanded its wholesale business into Stamford, New Canaan and Greenwich. It also teamed up with The Roger Sherman Inn in New Canaan to host a beer dinner featuring its flagship brews, the 914 Vienna Lager and the Hop Runner IPA.
For more, visit yonkersbrewing.com.
– Aleesia Forni