By John Fitts
The owners of Brewery Legitimus brewed the first batch of beer on their new equipment over the weekend. It is one of several exciting recent developments for Canton couple Chris and Christina Sayer, who are in the process of opening at 283 Main St. (Route 44), in New Hartford.
Dubbed Counter Surfer, in honor of the late Rosco, their beloved chocolate lab who will always remain in their hearts, the variety is one of three the couple is working to debut when they open the doors soon.
For some three years, Chris Sayer, who has worked for Harpoon, Duvel-Moortgat and Coca-Cola, has focused his energy on opening a local brewery and, last year, secured the 3,300 square-foot location in the former Waring Factory complex.
An exact opening date is to be determined as Sayers need to brew more beer in their 7-barrel system, “let the yeast do its work,” and undergo a final state inspection before they can welcome the public into the taproom.
But already area residents have shown overwhelming support for the effort.
On Aug. 12, the couple launched a kickstarter campaign. For beer lovers, the perks of giving are numerous. Depending on the level of giving, patrons are rewarded with items such as stickers, T-shirts, special edition growlers, mugs, mug club memberships and more.
The campaign launched with a goal of $10,000 and as of Tuesday morning 105 backers had given a total of $13,200.
“The support has been awesome,” Chris Sayer said. “We’ve been overwhelmed. People are very excited to back a brewery.” … Continue Reading