Soon, anticipation won’t be the only thing brewing at the old IBM campus in East Fishkill. The former tech hub has been vacant for years, though with recent plans to redevelop its vast 300-acres into a mixed-use corporate, retail, and residential complex (more on that, here), it will soon be home to Sloop Brewing Co.’s second and largest Hudson Valley location.
Sloop is one of the first retailers to commit to the project (dubbed i.Park City), after receiving a $565,000 Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) award from New York State. The grant will be put toward Sloop’s new 26,000 sq. ft. brewery and tasting room that will feature local beer, New York-made foods, and an event space with room for over 300 people.
Born in Beacon, Sloop is now returning to its Dutchess roots. For years, the company operated as a nanobrewery in Poughkeepsie before moving to Vosburgh Orchards in Elizaville. And while its Columbia County location will continue to stand and serve, Sloop president and co-founder Adam Watson notes the value in this particular opportunity. “We’re excited to help spearhead the revitalization of the IBM campus,” he said in a released statement. “It’s a great location, a great building, and bringing this factory back to life is a great project to be a part of.”
Though construction for i.Park City is expected to complete within the next three to five years, Sloop anticipates that the new brewery will be operational by May, and the tasting room by the summer.