Garnerville Brewer to open beer garden and event space at the Beacon facility
By Tina Traster
Rockland County’s hottest brewery, which opened less than three years ago in historic Garnerville, is growing pains.
Industrial Arts Brewing Company occupies an additional 5,000 square feet in its current facility, but the company is shifting most of its production and adding other beer and entertainment related items to a 50,000 square foot leased space in Beacon .
Sofia Barberesco, director of Industrial Arts, said the company’s growth has exceeded expectations.
“We initially thought we would reach the capacity within a decade, but it looks like it will be closer to five years, so we are planning ahead,” she said.
Founded in 2016 by veteran brewer Jeff O’Neil, Industrial Arts has quickly grown into one of the region’s most talked-about brewing hits. The company’s best-selling product is Wrench, a fruity IPA concoction made from West Coast hops.
Barberesco says production of the wrench, metric and tools of the trade, the most popular offerings, will be done at Beacon once the plant opens in 18 months. The Garnerville location will continue to be used as a creative center for advanced fermentation and hopping techniques. It will also use the new facility, which was a former point-of-sale plastic manufacturing facility, for entertainment.
“We can’t do tastings and production at the same time,” said Barberesco. “It slows us down.
Industrial Arts occupies more than 5,000 square feet of additional adjoining space in Garnerville, as popular tasting events Thursday through Sunday reduce valuable production time. “We can’t do tastings and production at the same time,” said Barberesco. “It slows us down.
Beer production will be moved to the new 5,000 square foot space, which will be fenced in, but will remain visible to those who come for tastings.
Industrial Arts distributes beer throughout New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, and expands into Rhode Island.
When researching his new production / entertainment facility, O’Neil, a Cold Spring resident, wanted to be closer to home. But Beacon is also a popular destination for millennials who come on weekends by MetroNorth train to stroll along trendy Main Street, visit DIA, or hike and bike. Boutique hotels have reused old factories and the city has become a magnet for gourmets.
The new industrial arts facility, however, is located off the beaten track in an industrial park at 511 Fishkill Avenue. Industrial Arts will be the primary tenant and co-owner of the 150,000 square foot facility overlooking Mount Beacon. Diamond Properties has partnered with the purchase and is currently offering the remaining 73,400 square feet of warehouse for lease.
By the summer, Industrial Arts will be opening a beer garden serving New York State beer, wine and cider. The company will step up its “merch” offerings, as well as its canned and take-out products. The company will partner with food-truck vendors.
The second phase of construction, scheduled for completion in 2020, will include a large multi-purpose event center, smaller private spaces for events including film screenings and concerts, a distribution center and a brewery. production at the cutting edge of technology. capable of producing more than 50,000 barrels per year.
“This is a great opportunity for us to continue to innovate and grow for the foreseeable future,” said O’Neil. “The site has all the characteristics that a modern brewery needs to thrive. We will continue to invest in people and technology while creating this vibrant hub of brewing and hospitality for the Hudson Valley and beyond.