|RRB's main entrance. (photo provided)|
Mark Jessie and Joe Hockey are busy enclosing their three-year-old Raquette River Brewing facility in Tupper Lake because winter comes early to the Adirondacks.
They are turning their 3,000-square-foot pavilion into a year-round space, with solid walls on the bottom with windows stretching around the large patio area to maintain the expansive atmosphere. Eventually, there will be another bar area to take the pressure off the currently cramped tap station area, Adirondack furniture will replace the picnic tables, and a utility building will be constructed where the Donnie’s Barbecue food truck now sits. It will move across Balsam Street and may be joined by several other food trucks.
Beyond the structural upheaval, the brewing operation will ramp up as well. Beer production will be more than doubled via a new 10-barrel steam brewing system that will replace the current four-barrel electric brewing system. Overall quite a dramatic change in a young business that began as a modest two-barrel system.
“We knew we would have to expand, but we never thought that things would happen as quickly as they have,” Jessie told the Adirondack Enterprise. (Go here for a detailed story by the Enterprise.)
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