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Peekskill Brewery Large Scale Expansion Plans Revealed

The new Brewery will triple its beer making capacity and move into a newly renovated four story building on S. Water Street.

Three times the beer will be brewed and (most likely) consumed at a new after the owners complete a major relocation and expansion. Owners Morgan and Keith Berardi, siblings, presented their construction plans to the City Council at their March 12 work session.

The Berardis will be renting the old Meyer’s Furniture building, owned by Rose Sanca, at 47 S. Water St., which will house a much bigger Peekskill Brewery than the one that currently occupies 55 Hudson Ave. The new building will include a 15 barrel brew house, more than three times the size of the Brewery’s current 3.5 barrel brew house. It will also feature four stories of beer-related food and fun.

  • Floor One: Growler Room and Brew House                                  The first floor will include the “tap room” and a growler station where they will serve pub snacks in a lounge like seating area. It will also house the brewery part of the establishment, said Morgan Berardi at the meeting.
  • Floor Two: Bar, Restaurant and Grain Room                                The second floor will include a comfortable bar where people can sit and enjoy meals, similar to the current front room bar they have now, Berardi said. A restaurant that can seat 80 will be located on the second floor as well, along with a kitchen with an open component and a small room called the grain room. The grain room will be a small area with windows that people can look through to watch the grain go through the floor into the first floor brew house.
  • Floor Three: Cool Ship Gallery                                                      The third floor will be the “cool ship gallery.” The cool ship is a piece of brewing equipment that looks like a big hot tub for beer, used for fermenting. The owners hope to make that the feature of a large gallery space, where they will invite local artists to hold shows. This space can also be used for special events. There will also be a service bar on this floor.
  • Floor Four: Private Dining and Kitchen                                           The fourth floor would include a separate kitchen and a room for private dining and parties. “We get requests all the time for weddings, baptisms, parties...that we can’t fulfill in our current space,” Berardi said. 
  • Roof Deck                                                                                    “And the cherry on top is the roof top. We would like to see a beer garden there,” Berardi told the Council.

All floors will have bathrooms and an elevator will make the building handicap accessible. 

Berardi added that they are hoping to put their beer on the market and expect this to be easier to do with the larger brew house and because they will now have their own parking lot.

She also commended their chef, Sean Corcoran and the new brewer they have brought onto the project, Jeff O Neil. Berardi called O’Neil one of the best brewers on the East Coast, and mentioned many different beer awards he has won.

The Berardis will present their plan to the Planning Board and are seeking a special permit from them tonight.

When Councilman Darren Rigger asked about their timeline, Berardi said they have already put money down on the brew house, which is due to ship at the end of May.

“And that is where it all begins.”

Mayor Mary Foster said, “This is very exciting. It is wonderful the business has grown so well. Congratulations.”

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Are you excited for the Brewery expansion? What would you want to see included in the new location?

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Rusty Still March 13, 2012 at 10:56 AM
I've seen this before, it will ruin what is a good thing. Captain Lawerance moved and the feel just isn't the same. PB don't change....please. Its so cozy where you are now.
Suzy Q March 13, 2012 at 11:29 AM
I respectfully diagree with Rusty, the exiting Peekskill Brewery is too cramped and difficult to manuevere throughout the restaurant. I avoid the restaurant specificially for this reason. I'm excited for the beer garden on the roof!
Debby March 13, 2012 at 12:17 PM
Can't wait! This sounds awesome!
Patty Villanova March 13, 2012 at 01:11 PM
Congratulations and good luck! It's great to see the beautiful waterfront area opening up like this. I especially like the idea of the gallery for local artists. This sounds like it will be fantastic.
Peter von Bergen March 13, 2012 at 01:33 PM
I would spend my whole Social Security check there if they had Gluten-Free beer! It can't be too difficult to set aside a place for working with grain that doesn't contain wheat, barley or rye. Give it a shot, guys!
Luci Vale March 13, 2012 at 03:39 PM
As long as the Brewery is NOT in the Peekskill Downtown area, I think it is a very brilliant move not to be so close to any residential location. Those of us that do live Downtown, have fought long and hard for the "noise ordinance." to be passed. If the owners of the Brewery choose to make it upscale, it will bring more Westchester County, and surrounding area residents to this beautiful "Water Front location." This type of restaurant is very unique, and will succeed if they can attrack a very good clientele, not only from here...but, from all the surrounding areas too. My "Best Wishes," go out to the owners with a vision for progress and success.
Rusty Still March 13, 2012 at 06:26 PM
To ALL : I am with you for the arts,the different floors will be awesome , I am just going to miss the charm of the place that I have grown to love....I am sure going to continue to go. Its just a part of the growth of being successful. So happy they had the *perls to start it in the first place!
josh March 13, 2012 at 07:06 PM
Looks like a great way to bring commerce to Peekskill. It is definitely a much needed investment in the town!
Evan Schwartz March 13, 2012 at 08:28 PM
As a local musician, I'd love to see another venue for live music... Sounds like they certainly have the space. PB, please take the lead from 12 Grapes and consider a dedicated stage. Upper Westchester / Putnam is hurting for another place....
Ian March 14, 2012 at 10:27 AM
That sounds great. I'm glad the business is doing so well.
E. Wolfert July 03, 2012 at 06:46 AM
When can we look forward to the opening of your new locale? It is now July and my friends and I can hardly wait.
Rusty Still March 08, 2013 at 12:36 AM
Now they owe the contractors 1 million bucks? I don't want to be an "I told you so" but this isn't good. The prices went up and now bad press? The beginning of the end. How many $6.00 beers can you really have?

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