INTERLAKEN, N.Y. — The award-winning Bandwagon Brewery has opened a new production facility in Interlaken, NY. Bandwagon, which became the City of Ithaca’s first brewpub in 2009, will significantly increase its brewing capacity, moving from a two- barrel system at their downtown Ithaca restaurant to a ten-barrel system with plenty of room to expand.
“We’re really excited,” says partner Michael Johnson “This is what we have been working towards for the last six years.”
The new brewery is located in a historic 1870s barn which the five business partners have restored by hand. A tasting room and event space with outdoor seating and food truck parking will open later in the year. The brewery also has room to grow some of its own ingredients.
“We’ve also changed our liquor license from a brewpub to a farm brewery,” adds partner and Chef Will Olson, “which aligns with our commitment to using New York State ingredients, something we have been doing successfully in our cooking and in our brewing since day one.” That mission is also reflected in Bandwagon’s ongoing support of Healthy Food For All, a local organization providing low-income households with access to healthy, local produce.
“During the liquor license transition, we stopped brewing at the restaurant, so we’ve had a pretty low supply of our own brews over the past few weeks,” says Head Brewer Mike Kulha, “so I’m excited to start scaling up our recipes and brewing our full selection of beers on the new system.”
The first batch of Bandwagon’s flagship Commons Ale are on tap at area bars and restaurants beginning Friday, February 19 (check out bandwagonbeer.com for a current tap list). Bandwagon Brewpub, at 114 North Cayuga Street in Ithaca, will continue to offer locally-sourced pub fare with a deep selection of Bandwagon beers and other craft brews. Johnson and Olson, along with their business partners Nick Antczak, John Hughes, and Alex Johnson, invite the public to “hop on the Wagon” at bandwagonbeer.com and on Facebook and Twitter.
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