New Port Crane brewery hosting grand opening

PORT CRANE, N.Y. - A new brewery in Port Crane is pouring its first beer to celebrate its first day in business.

Beer Tree Brew Company held a ribbon cutting Friday at its brewery located at 197 Route 363 in Port Crane.

The 10-barrel brew house includes an 1,800 square foot tap room along with two outdoor patios and 15 acres of land to roam around.

It also features an on-site food truck that's offering pulled pork and brisket sandwiches.

The brewery began as an idea three years ago, when owner Brendan Harder started brewing beer at home with hops grown at Willet Hop and Grain Farm, which is owned by Harder's father-in-law.

He says the local ingredients and the brewery's unique layout and design will give beer lovers a new craft beer experience.

"I think the big point of our beer is the hops we get from Willett Farm. That will make us stick out from other places in the area. Our location is set up to be a destination brewery. We're going to make some great beers and have a great environment to enjoy them in," said Harder.

Saturday, Beer Tree will hold its grand opening from noon to 10 p.m, offering seven different beers on tap and live music.

On Sunday, it's open noon to 8 p.m.

Harder also has a farm stand that has squash and pumpkins for sale.

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