NEW YORK — Harlem Brewing Company, brewer of its signature Sugar Hill Golden Ale, will soon be returning to its roots.
Celeste Beatty, founder and owner of the company, started brewing beer in her central Harlem apartment in 2000, but couldn’t find anywhere in the city to expand her company. So she contracted with a brewery in Saratoga Springs — until a new development project on 125th Street just east of Amsterdam Avenue made it possible to plan a return to Harlem.
“We’ve been trying to find a home for many, many years,” Beatty said.
The brewery’s future site was previously occupied by Citarella, an upscale grocery store, before it was evicted by the city due to unkept promises by its former developer to fill office and retail space.
In July, Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced plans for a total redevelopment of the space, to be called Create @ Harlem Green. The city is still working through litigation and rezoning issues related to the space, making the brewery’s opening date unclear.
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