The craft brewery is nearing completion of a $3 million expansion plan that will include new manufacturing facility — delivery of the new silo several weeks ago is seen at right — housing a restaurant, pub and tasting room.
The result will mean a tripling of the brewing capacity to 100,000 barrels a year, and a beer garden will be added to hold small festivals, concerts, dinners and other special events.
Owner Dan Mitchell told local media, “This will allow you to actually come in and have some nice, locally grown food in our pizza pub and still see the manufacturing facility. I think everybody knows what beer is but not necessarily how it’s made and this will give you a great opportunity to see how it’s made and really enjoy our product inside our facility, which is kind of neat.”
Ithaca Beer, now 13 years old, has shown a 20% growth over the past five years. The new location is behind the current facility, on former farmland. The company is located at 606 Elmira Road (Route 13), just south of Buttermilk Falls. Phone: (607) 273-0766. Current tasting room hours are noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday-Saturday. Free brewery tours begin on the hour starting at noon Saturday and Sunday.
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