Industrial Arts launches a taproom of the future in the Catskills
The Industrial Arts domed dining room by Route 28 | Photos courtesy of Jeff O’Neil
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There really is no place like the Hudson Valley to sip a cold beer.
Local spots are continually pushing the boundaries of what a brewery can be. Trendy gourmet pubs cook up delicious food, farmhouse breweries with local terroir and home brewers are launching new concepts from historic buildings. A Hudson Valley pillar landed somewhere decidedly futuristic.
For Industrial Arts Brewery’s third location, it chose an impressive domed tap room in the Catskills. A trait of perfect synergy between the brand and the architecture, the structure of Route 28 matches the geometric patterns found on each beer in the Wrench series.
“Of course we have hexagons in our graphic design, but even more than that for me there is now continuity between all of our sites,” says Jeff O’Neil, founder of Industrial Arts. “It made sense that our original site is in a 200 year old factory, our new site in Beacon is in a modern factory, and then this place is sort of from the future.”
As beer lovers move up and down the Hudson River with each iteration of the industrial arts, they also travel through time in architectural style. Industrial Arts is expanding its reach from its original location in Garnerville to the domed valve room in Kingston, with all venues approximately 40 minutes apart from each other.
“My family and I spent a month in the Catskills, and we love it and I’ve walked past this site, I don’t know, maybe 40 times. And it has finally become all too obvious to ignore just how much of a high-visibility, high-traffic location this is. It can be a great sort of de facto drop-in center for people going into the mountains on Route 28, ”says O’Neil.
These alien domes were originally designed for a garden supply and health food store. When that failed, O’Neil discovered the site’s potential as a dome-shaped valve room. First of all, its location is perfect for hikers looking for a refreshing sip. Second, its layout promotes an engaging experience for visitors. One of the domes is completely covered in wood paneling, so Industrial Arts bartenders will serve 12 to 15 beers at this end. Finally, in the glass greenhouse dome, guests will enjoy a four-season beer garden bathed in natural light.
O’Neil hopes to open the doors to the dome-shaped valve room in time for Industrial Arts’ fifth anniversary this summer. Construction is nearing completion as the team converts the planned retail space into a full-fledged bar. In addition, Industrial Arts Kingston will partner with businesses in Ulster County for food truck events. Inside, expect planks of meat and cheese, fresh pickles, and other small plates.
The domed reception hall can potentially host live music and other events that engage the community at large. Above all, this destination is a place to stock up on pub food and sample the full range of IA. What would surely be George Jetson’s favorite spot for a foggy NEIPA is purely a “fun game” for the Industrial Arts team. All brewing and manufacturing operations will remain at Garnerville and Beacon.
In fact, most of the brewing is moving to the Beacon location, as three years of work has resulted in a state-of-the-art German brewery. In particular, production of the flagship product Wrench IPA is moving within this 70,000 square foot facility. O’Neil emphasizes the importance of reducing the carbon footprint of the structure and its ecological efficiency.
“For example, we recover heat from the brewing process to keep the building warm. We make our own nitrogen on site and do a lot of other really cool types of passive green engineering, ”he says.
At this Dutchess County site, the O’Neil team will produce five times the capacity of the original site. Even so, the original Garnerville house for the industrial arts is not going anywhere. In addition, the notoriety of Beacon allows the first site to manufacture inventive beers in small batches. O’Neil envisions an “R&D” operation of unique esoteric beers, ciders and mixed-fermentation beers in Garnerville.
Overall, his ultimate goal is to represent the Hudson Valley beer scene. The dome-shaped taproom’s four-season approach creates a place to cool off for hikers and a comfortable place to warm up for skiers. Certainly, anyone heading north into the Catskills will spot the one-of-a-kind beer garden. O’Neil hopes this will bring more attention to the region’s flourishing reputation for craft drinks.
“In many ways, we are really active in the community. We want to be that flagship brand that represents the beer culture in the Hudson Valley to the world, ”said O’Neil.
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