New Brewpub in Brewster NY?

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  1. otispdriftwood

    otispdriftwood Defender (637) Dec 9, 2011 Colorado
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    I saw an article in a local publication yesterday about a potential new brewpub checking out the space formerly known as Scortino's on Route 22 in Brewster. Nothing in stone as yet and it certainly looks like something new rather than an expansion or branch of another place. Anybody have any more info?
  2. cdtommie

    cdtommie Initiate (0) May 24, 2005 Connecticut

    Did a bit of googling today and found this comment on a Realtors web site:

    Putnam County will have its first craft brewery—the Bull and Barrel Brew Pub. The pub project will involve a $1-million capital investment that will create 35 jobs. The craft brewery will be established in the former Sciortino’s Catering Hall located at 988 New York Route 22, in Brewster. Along with the brewery there will be catering facilities, and a restaurant.
  3. otispdriftwood

    otispdriftwood Defender (637) Dec 9, 2011 Colorado
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    Can you give me a hint so I don't have to go searching too? Thanx.

    Never mind - it was easy. All I had to do is google the name - duh on me.
  4. sandman3479

    sandman3479 Devotee (416) Dec 8, 2006 Connecticut
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    Heard about this a while ago and forgot. It's pretty close to DeCicco's Brewster and the CT border. I also used to get drunk at the bar across the street after CT bars closed while I was in college. Should be interesting.
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  5. cdtommie

    cdtommie Initiate (0) May 24, 2005 Connecticut

    Location is great for me since I work in Westchester and live in New Fairfield so it's pretty much right on the route home. Couldn't find anymore details like a potential opening date.
  6. otispdriftwood

    otispdriftwood Defender (637) Dec 9, 2011 Colorado
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    I saw an ad for a brewmaster for a potential opening in November/December. I'm only about 10 miles away so I may take a ride to see this weekend. If so, I'll have a full report here.
  7. jesskidden

    jesskidden Meyvn (1,258) Aug 10, 2005 New Jersey

    Wait a minute - the establishment is in the town of BREWster, NY ---- and that's the best name they can come up with?:rolling_eyes:
  8. otispdriftwood

    otispdriftwood Defender (637) Dec 9, 2011 Colorado
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    Never thought of that. Been living here too long. Anyway, the town was named after two early farming brothers - but you're right. Brewster Brews. The house of Brews-ter. The Brewsterino.
  9. cdtommie

    cdtommie Initiate (0) May 24, 2005 Connecticut

    New article - January soft opening targeted.

    Owners Hope Brew Pub Becomes 'Destination Location' in Brewster

    The property is located in the Town of Southeast, but there's an annexation petition for it to be added to the Village of Brewster. A public hearing is scheduled for Wednesday (Nov. 20).
    Step inside of the old Sciortino's Restaurant and it's clear a major transformation is underway.

    Come three months from now, the building will house the Bull and Barrel Brew Pub, a microbrewery and pairing rest! aurant that is the brainchild of co-owners Wendy Wulkan and Rick Cipriani.

    It will include seating for about 200 people on two levels, a salad bar with seasonal fruit and vegetables from local farms, and a merchandise room with growlers for purchase—all with a country Western flair.

    Work on the interior of the building started about two weeks ago. Since then a slew of trucks have been parked outside as carpenters get to work carrying out Wulkan and Cipriani's vision.

    "Everything that's been done inside here has not been done by a designer, it's been done by Rick and I," Wulkan said Monday. "These are all our personal touches that our heart and soul have gone into. We want to see people's excitement when they come and see it in person."

    The finished product will feature 1855 barn wood, which Wulkan purchased in Ferndale, throughout the building, and the handiwork of local craftsp! eople. Carmel Auto Body is painting the bathroom stalls.

    "We're big advocates of hiring and working within the community in which we live in, because it's the community that supports you, so we want to make sure to support it back," Wulkan said. "Almost all our vendors are Putnam County businesses. We've gone above and beyond to deal with American-made equipment, things that are manufactured in America, so we're trying to stay true to the concept we've created, which is very patriotic."

    Wulkan, a Carmel resident and co-owner of South Side Inn in Mahopac, has 15 years experience in the bar and restaurant business.

    Cipriani, who lives in Somers, used to own a small brewery. The facility will employ apprentice brewers, but he will be the primary one.

    Beers made there will be the only ones on tap, but other brands will be available by the bottle. Eventually the brew pub, which will boast a ! large bar, may add other microbrewery lines from the area&nbs! p;to their draft selection.

    The goal is to become a destination location "for people that would never think to stop into Brewster," Cipriani and Walkun said. They are confident that will happen because of the establishment's unique offerings and its proximity to busy thoroughfares—and because of their "loyalty, commitment and passion."

    "We're not compromising anything with the outside aesthetics because we want to honor Joe Sciortino and his family, because the town loved him so much," Walkun said, adding that the building fits perfectly with the vision. "Hopefully we become the next Sciortino's."

    Walkun and Cipriani are hoping to host a soft opening in January, but the timeline is not definite.

    The property and an application for a sign requiring a variance was
    on the agend! a for Monday night's meeting of the Town of Southeast Zoning Board of Appeals.

    Located at 988 Route 22, it's also one of three properties appearing on an annexation petition for the Village of Brewster. The other two properties are 13 Argonne Road, a vacant parcel of land across the street, and 978 Route 22, the adjacent Mobil gas station.

    All three are located in the Town of Southeast, but the petition (available by clicking here and finding the Oct. 16, 2013 minutes), and a public hearing scheduled for Wednesday night, are part of the legal process required to add properties into the village. More information on the annexation law is available here.

    "The reality of it is tha! t at the end of the day, our desire to be annexed is based on the same facts of why everybody else is, that there's a sewer system to be tied into," Walkun told Patch Monday. "We can and will function as we sit, but for the better of the environment, for the better of the location because we're so close to the precious reservoir waters, it makes more sense, environmentally, for us to be hooked up into the sewer system as well."

    Brewster Mayor Jim Schoenig said he and the village trustees are interested in getting residents' input on the proposal.

    "I've never seen it happen before and the board will wait to hear what the public has to say," Brewster Mayor Jim Schoenig said.

    Sciortino's closed in January 2013.

    The public hearing is slated for 7:30 p.m. Wednesday (Nov. 20) at Village Hall (50 Main Street).
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    Employment inquiries for the Bull and Barrel Brew Pub should be sent to
  10. otispdriftwood

    otispdriftwood Defender (637) Dec 9, 2011 Colorado
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