Monday, December 24, 2012

New Tupper Lake brewery in the works

Prepping the brewing room floor, no glamor job. (RRB photo)
TUPPER LAKE -- The Adirondacks region is one step closer to getting a new brewery.

Mark Jessie and Joe Hockey, who are working to open the Raquette River Brewing company, received planning board approval at the recent meeting where they had applied for a special-use permit to convert an existing building on Balsam Avenue to a facility housing a small brewery, tasting room and retail area.

There were no comments or questions from the public at the meeting, and no public discussion by the planning board. Next, the project needs to obtain state and federal approvals.

Plans call for brewing four year-round beers -- pale ale, India pale ale, a wheat hybrid with some barley, and a stout -- as well as seasonal brews. Output is projected at 185 barrels -- the equivalent of 5,735 gallons -- a year.

The partners are looking for a lot of public input on various phases of their venture. They note on their Facebook page: "We are working diligently to make Raquette River Brewing a reality. So while we are working on our LLC, federal license, state license, etc., we would like YOUR ideas.

"What would you like to see from us? Do you have an idea for the name of a beer? Do you want Raquette River Brewing T-shirts now? Do you want us to brew a particular style of beer? We are going to be YOUR brewery. Please tell us what you want, we want to be the people's brewery. Contact us on Facebook or email webhead41@roadrunner.com. Phone: 420-8461."

IN ANOTHER LOCAL PROJECT, the owner of Bima's pizzeria is seeking planning board approval to move into a former retail store.

Owner Magnus Stalhammer's lease on 291 Park Street will expire at the end of this year. He is seeking a change from retail to restaurant for 95 Park Street, opposite the State Theatre, to allow the shift. That space had been home to Well Dressed Foods which recently moved across the street.

The board has to give 15 days' notice before a hearing, so board members decided the soonest they can hold a hearing is January 8, 2013.


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