Don’t be surprised if you hear someone refer to Beacon as the beer capital of the Hudson Valley in 2019. Joining the ranks of 2 Way Brewing Company and Hudson Valley Brewery, Industrial Arts Brewing Company will soon have a second home in the small riverside city. Industrial Arts, whose flagship operation is in Garnerville in Rockland County, will be the primary tenant and co-owner of a 150,000-square-foot facility off of Route 52, just down the road from The Lofts at Beacon.
Set to open in spring 2019, the first phase of development will feature a tasting room with outdoor seating, to-go beer, and food trucks on premises. Phase two — scheduled to be completed in 2020 — will see the addition of an events center, a variety of private party spaces, a distribution center, and a production brewery capable of turning out more than 50,000 barrels annually.
“We weren’t necessarily looking to open a second location just yet, but the space itself was too unique of an opportunity to pass up,” says General Manager Sofia Barbaresco. “We found ourselves daydreaming of what we could do with a big blank canvas like that.”
Jeff O’Neil, founder of Industrial Arts Brewing Company / Point Five Creative
On top of the space itself, Beacon’s thriving arts scene and popularity with New York City residents made it an obvious choice to grow Industrial Arts’ operation. The Industrial Arts team plans to coordinate a shuttle that will run from Beacon’s Metro North Station to the brewery, which they hope will help integrate their operation into the local community.
“The site has all of the characteristics that a modern brewery needs to thrive,” says Industrial Arts Founder Jeff O’Neil. “We’ll continue investing in people and technology while creating this dynamic hub of brewing and hospitality for the Hudson Valley and beyond.”
Rockland County residents also have reason to celebrate: Renovations to the Garnerville taproom will double its capacity and extend its hours by late spring/early summer. Once production at the Beacon facility hits full speed, Barbaresco says Garnerville will focus on creative exploration of processes and ingredients — sure to result in more brilliant beers.
Ironically, Beacon was where O’Neil originally wanted to open Industrial Arts. This spring, his vision will come full circle.