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Added to the operations in December 2009, the brewery has been a welcome addition to our place. What began simply as 4 beer taps (Wheat, Amber, Imperial Nut Brown and Irish Stout), has quickly grown to be a significant part of our business. With our expansion that was completed in November 2011, and thanks to a new walk-in cooler, we now have the capacity for 12 craft beers on tap - 8 regular beers that we have all of the time, and 4 rotating beers that will change with new seasonal and special releases. All of the beers are brewed in-house in small batches for optimal flavor & quality.
The heart of the operation is a 15 gallon (1/2 bbl), fully automated electric brewery from Brewmation out of Hopewell Junction, New York. Not your typical brewery, it has all of the same features as breweries much larger in size. Moving from left-to-right in the adjacent picture is the mash tun, hot liquor tank and brew kettle. A typical brew day from start-to-finish, excluding before and after cleaning and sanitizing, typically takes about 5 hours per 15 gallons. The automated nature of the system allows our brewer to leave during various intervals to attend to other production requirements throughout the day.
Along with the walk-in cooler, the expansion increased the space available for the winery & brewery production areas. This allowed the addition of four new, larger fermenters - (1) 42-gallon Blichman Engineering stainless steel fermenter, and (3) 35-gallon food grade plastic fermenters. Each of these fermenters has the ability to hold two batches worth of beer.
The final piece of the brewery puzzle is the addition of the 12 x 13 foot walk-in cooler which houses the beer delivery system - i.e. the draft system. So much more space! As much as we loved to use the small kegerators, we can't say that we miss them that much.
The picture below shows the guts of the system. The cooler was built by Dupont Remodeling in Fenton, and the draft system was completely designed and asembled by the owner/brewer. The draft system has a total of 18 draft lines - 3 soda (far left, out of picture), 12 beers (center of picture), and 3 wines (far right). The beer and soda utilize CO2 while the wine requires nitrogen.
While our system and set-up may look unconventional compared to some of the big breweries, we ask you to judge us not by the size of our equipment, but the quality of the beer. We think that you'll agree that it doesn't matter how big the brewery is. Cheers!