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Hamilton Community Forum on GNB’s Expansion
March 19, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Good Nature Farm Brewery & Tap Room
Schedules Public Forum
HAMILTON – The owners of Good Nature Farm Brewery & Tap Room – Carrie Blackmore and Matt Whalen – will describe their experiences starting a new business in Hamilton, and explain their plans for expansion, at a public forum March 19 at 7:00 p.m. in the Green Room of the Colgate Inn. The public is invited.
Blackmore, a 2008 Colgate graduate, and Whalen, met while they were working in farm-based outdoor education programs at North Country School and Camp Tree Tops near Lake Placid. They moved to Hamilton in 2010 to be closer to Blackmore’s family, and opened their brewery in a space on Milford Street in January 2012.
Their craft beers were so popular locally that they were soon selling out the 60 gallons they could make at a time with their early equipment. Good Nature installed new equipment, which was up and running in 2012, and in 2013 they became the first brewery to be licensed under New York State’s farm brewery law.
The farm brewery law offers special benefits to brewers who pledge to use ingredients grown by New York farmers – “Basically barley and hops,” explained Blackmore. Hops farming was an important element of the economy in early Hamilton, and is celebrated in a mural in the local post office. The other main ingredient in beer is water; Whalen said the chemistry of Hamilton village water is very close to the brewer’s ideal.
Good Nature expanded again in 2013. In just three years the business grew from a single outlet to a brewery that now wholesales to 200 accounts in fifteen counties. Good Nature also opened a taproom on Broad Street in downtown Hamilton in 2013, a popular location where townspeople and visitors alike can sample the brewery’s various beers and ales.
In January 2015 Good Nature reached agreement with Colgate on the purchase of five acres just south of Hamilton on Route 12B where the company will build a new 6,000-square-foot brewery with adjoining beer garden, warehouse. Good Nature’s project is supported by a grant awarded to Good Nature Farm Brewery & Tap Room by New York State’s Empire State Development and the I ♥ NY Division of Tourism under Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Regional Economic Development Council Initiative.
Colgate students will continue to farm a community garden on the new Good Nature site, and the brewery is already working with Colgate’s Upstate Institute on projects that will engage students as “fellows” learning the business. During a recent presentation on campus, Julie Dudrick, Upstate Institute’s project director, described Good Nature as “an excellent model of sustainable economic development in our community.
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February 23, 2015
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