File photo taken in May 2015.
When Wyoming County was dubbed a “craft beer desert,” the Silver Lake Brewing Project (SLBP) created an oasis in Perry. While the project began as a mirage in 2012, the SLBP is now nearing completion, anticipating opening before the new year, and looking to kick up the project a bit more.
To help generate the funds necessary to bring in additional components to the brewery, SLBP created a Kickstarter page. According to the company’s website, Kickstarter is a funding platform for creative projects to be brought to life through the direct support of others.
As stated on the SLBP Kickstarter page, “this is a campaign to recruit you to become part of the Silver Lake Brewing Project history. We'll only open once, and we want to make sure that we are opening fully awesome.”
Company officials say the campaign will enable them to bring in three additional features:
• A Crowler canning machine, which would allow patrons to fill a 32-ounce can with their favorite beverage, have it seam-sealed and take it home;
• A biergarten, which would beautify the large outdoor deck area; and
• A barrel-aging program, which would enable the brewery to make unique wood-aged beers and “sour/funky” beers available in the taproom. However, to make the taproom happen, materials are needed to build racks, used wine and spirit barrels need to be purchased, and equipment to transfer beer properly from the barrels also needs to be bought.
Although the added features are things that were planned to be completed over time, SLBP is asking for the community’s help to “make our space the best it can be faster.” Company officials say Kickstarter gives the public the opportunity to become part of the project.
With the brewery sitting “just off” Main Street in Perry, designers of the project used as many materials that were already part of the building to retain some of its history.
“We were able to save history by salvaging parts of the building and repurposing material,” said co-founder Ryan Fitzsimmons. “The bar top is an old slate chalk board, some of the walls are made of old barn wood from a local barn and the walls in the brew house are made of the flooring from the loft area.”
From the beginning, the project has been a community endeavor. In addition to its founding members, Fitzsimmons, Pilar McKay, and Tony Jones, there are currently 40 people who have a direct stake in the business. SLBP is structured as an LLC and is owned by and for the community.
SLBP is in close proximity to Letchworth State Park and Silver Lake which played a role in advocating for the expansion westward of the Finger Lakes Beer Trail Map. Instead of ending at its previous boundary at Conesus Lake, the trail now includes the western-most Finger Lake – Silver Lake.
Fitzsimmons says it’s been a long road and they are excited and they are “getting there,” anticipating the grand opening sometime in late December.
For more information on how to contribute to the campaign visit Silver Lake Brewing Project + You: A Kickstarter Story.
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File photo taken in May 2015
File photo taken in May 2015