On the Hook with Hookline Fish Company in Kingston
Hookline Fish Company was started in 2013 by Skip Card, a Tacoma, Washington native who wanted lox-loving New Yorkers to experience the smoked salmon he grew up with in the Pacific Northwest. He sources raw Atlantic salmon from Hidden Fjord, an aquaculture farm in the Faroe Islands, and smokes it on site in Kingston.
The Hookline smokehouse is a member of Gourmet Row, a strip of artisanal food shops and restaurants on Route 28 in Kingston. It is right next door to KBBK Kombucha, a kombucha supply store that also produces/sells tempeh. For your GPS: 906 State Route 28, Kingston.
What's in Your Basket
Don’t expect Hookline's smoked salmon to be the kind you’re used to getting on a bagel. Think BBQ pit. Imagine salmon smoked lovingly like a hunk a brisket. What you end up with is a veritable work of art. And just like the pit master that he is, Skip offers every bit the aficionado could ask for: center filets, tails, collars, fatboys (from the loin, near the head), and fingerlings (delicate cuts near the tail) along with smoked salmon quiche, smoked salmon pâté, and chowder.
At Local markets across the Hudson Valley! Skip distributes his smoked salmon to various retailers including Emmanuel's in Stone Ridge, Olde Hudson in Hudson, and Sunflower Natural Foods Market in both Woodstock and Rhinebeck. Currently, he is looking to get his product into Adams Fairacre Farms' locations but a full list of retailers can be found on Hookline's website.
The Insider Tip
If you go to the smokehouse in Kingston, see if Skip’s got smoked salmon bellies for sale. Yes, you read that right. Grab some bellies to snack on for the ride home. And those in the know usually grab a few filets for their charcuterie board!