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Tidal River Brewing Formally Applies for Canton Zoning Permit

December 22, 2014 Business, Community No Comments

TRBC-simple-logo-trans-2Tidal River Brewing Company has formally applied for a town permit to open a nano brewery at 15 Cheryl Drive in Canton.

A special zoning permit and review by the town’s Water Pollution Control Authority are just two steps the company needs to take as it looks to brew and sell beer from the 2,485 square foot location in the lower level of the building.

The company’s owner Geoffrey Mattheis is looking to manufacture and sell beer directly in 32 and 64-ounce growlers, as well as market to local restaurants and retail outlets. The business would also offer tours and tastings and host special events.

“Nano” breweries are small-scale craft beer makers and in his application Mattheis said the brewery would initially produce up to 200 barrels (31 gallons each) of beer per year. In his business plan, Mattheis talks about the necessary steps to open the business, leave room for growth, utilize social media, host local events and involve the community in the process.

“Our nano brewery concept not only invites opinions and creation opportunities of the beer lover directly into the company boardroom but also puts them in the Brewer’s Kettle. These are the individuals who purchase, recommend, and push the craft beer forward and will put our product in each and every glass,” he wrote in a business plan included with the application.

Mattheis and his wife live in New Hartford and have been involved in home brewing and CT Beer Trail activities. He has told Canton Compass he loves the town and feels the area is perfect for a segment of ever-growing craft beer market.

In addition to its demographics, it is also a destination for outdoor activities, farm and craft markets, his business plan states.

“Collinsville is also home to one of the more active craft and local farm communities in the area, and has a bustling arts and music scene,” Mattheis, in part, wrote.

Neil Pade, the town’s director of Planning and Community Development, said he and Mattheis talked about that aspect of town and its rich heritage of crafted goods.

With recent business proposals for the brewery, a planned coffee roastery on Route 44 and many existing small-scale manufacturers, it’s an aspect of town that should play well into ongoing marketing efforts by the town’s Economic Development Agency and Canton Main Street, Pade said.

“The increase in interest in this mercantile scale manufacturing is something for us to follow up with as part of the branding project being funded by the EDA and the Main Street Program that will be starting in January,” Pade said.

Pade said he’s received several calls over the years from those interested in establishing microbrew facilities but added that this is the first to reach the formal application stage.

The application will be the topic of a public hearing on the Jan. 21 since the business needs a special permit under the town’s zoning regulations.

Tidal River is also subject to review by the town’s Water Pollution Control Authority.

Mattheis will also need other state and federal licensing. According to the business plan, he estimates that while it could change, the process of moving in, renovating, setting up equipment, securing all the permits, etc. might take as long as 8 to 12 months.

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