John Henneberg, owner of Henneberg Tavern on Albany Street, is in the midst of creating a new farm brewery at his New Woodstock farm. Above, he stands with some of his hops plants.
continued While his own crops continue to grow, Henneberg currently buys his raw barley from a farmer in Canastota, which he malts at his New Woodstock farm.
Under New York State law, a farm brewery is one that produces less than 60,000 barrels per year using mostly locally-grown ingredients.
Henneberg currently makes about two barrels per week, with future goal to upgrade his barrel system and produce about 300 gallons per week (about 15,000 per year) — “But that’s down the road, definitely,” he said.
The Henneberg Brewing Co. will begin its production with four of Henneberg’s personal-recipe beers: a pale ale, a California Common (similar to Anchor Steam, which will be called Cazenovia Common), an Irish stout and an IPA, all of which will be sold on tap at the Henneberg Tavern, Henneberg said. There will eventually be a tasting room at the New Woodstock farm brewery hopefully in the spring, where he will be able to sell kegs, six-packs and growlers, he said.
None of Henneberg’s beers are currently available for public consumption or purchase while he waits for the necessary paperwork and licenses to be approved by the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, which he hopes to receive by September. He already has received approval from the Federal Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, and got approval from the town of Cazenovia in April 2012.
Henneberg Brewing Co., once it is underway, will be a stop on the Cazenovia Beverage Trail along with Critz Farms Cidery, Owera Vineyards and Empire Brewing Company.
“The beverage trail is a mutually-beneficial relationship for all four partners as well as a great thing for the town,” Henneberg said.
If everything works out, Henneberg hopes to have all four of his own beers on an enlarged tap system at Henneberg Tavern by Sept. 1 — just in time for football season, he said.
“I’d like to go gung-ho and do all four at one time — I’m ready,” he said.
For more information on the Henneberg Brewing Co. visit their blog at HennebergBrewing.com, or visit the tavern’s website at hennebergtavern.com.
Jason Emerson is editor of the Cazenovia Republican. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.