Montgomery County gets a $100K grant for a new brewery

NELLISTON — Montgomery County was awarded $100,000 through New York state’s Department of Agriculture’s Regional Economic Development Council for a new microbrewery.

The funds will go towards funding for the Eisenadler Brauhaus. The company will produce handcrafted microbrews, with a specialization on Bavarian style beers.

According to officials, Eisenadler’s goal is to become a destination for local residents and tourists traveling through the Montgomery County area and Mohawk Valley Region.

The cost for the project is approximately $540,000.

Andrew Santillo, Montgomery County economic development staff assistant, said the owner of the microbrewery, Jodie Rodriguez, along with her two daughters, will be renovating an existing building in Nelliston at 88 E. Main St., Palatine Bridge — a former swimming pool business — to have it developed into the brewery.

“Jodie came to the office and expressed what her intentions were, so we helped her put together an application for the [Consolidated Funding Applications] Award they received,” Santillo said.

He said she has plans to expand and make improvements to the existing building including adding a beer garden patio, a parking lot, bathroom renovations, new hardwood flooring, upgraded windows, purchase furniture and fixtures for a tasting room and raise the roof in one portion for the brewing system.

Santillo said Rodriguez does not own any other breweries.

“This is a new venture for them,” Santillo said.

Santillo said Rodriguez is hopeful the brewery would employ six to eight people over the next five years, as they get the business going.

“People seem to enjoy breweries and this will be the first for Montgomery County,” Santillo said. “It will be a good venture.”

“The craft beverage industry contributes a great deal to the state’s economy, and this funding will bring the first craft brewery to Montgomery County,” Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara in a news release. “Eisenadler Brauhaus will not only produce high quality beverage products her in New York state but also support local producers in Montgomery County.”