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Brewery Legitimus Owners Target June Opening

April 10, 2016 Business, Community No Comments

BLBy John Fitts

NEW HARTFORD – With work underway, Chris and Christina Sayer hope to  open the doors of Brewery Legitimus some time in June.

Recently the Canton couple obtained local permits necessary to begin the build out in a 3,000-square-foot space in the former Waring Factory at 283 Main St. (Route 44) in New Hartford.  The are working with contractor Craig Maiolo, who owns CAM Industries.

The couple has also acquired much of the equipment for the brewery and is in the process of securing federal permits. The state permitting process will begin once that is done. While realizing everything must fall into place, the Sayers hope to open in June.

They are excited to welcome customers and be part of the area’s fabric.

“We really want to weave ourselves into the network in New Hartford with local businesses and restaurants and really kind of drive that synergy,” Chris Sayer said. “There’s all sort of great things to do in the community.”

The brewery will include a 7-barrel system with a goal of brewing at least 300 barrels (31 gallons each) in the first year of operation, using as many local ingredients as possible. Chris Sayer, estimates that the facility will open with 5 to 6 offerings, including an IPA, Belgian Witbier and Saison.

Chris Sayer, who has worked for Harpoon, Duvel-Moortgat and Coca-Cola, will be day-to-day at the brewery. He’s also been brewing beer at home for several years. Christina has a full-time job elsewhere but will also be helping out at the brewery.

In addition to brewing areas, storage and office space, nearly two-thirds of the space will be devoted to a tap-room, complete with tables handmade by Chris Sayer. It will likely be open Thursday through Sunday.

Chris and Christina Sayer at the future home of Brewery Legitimus. Photo by John Fitts

Chris and Christina Sayer at the future home of Brewery Legitimus.
Photo by John Fitts

The couple hopes that the taproom will become a true community space where people gather to taste beer, form friendships, share food from local restaurants, support local fundraisers and perhaps listen to live music.

“Seeing what the community wants to do and likes and then just being creative is part of having a tap-room,” he said.

The couple is also excited about working with owners of area restaurants, farms, recreational businesses and more.

The couple has many ideas already but are open to input from the community and customers.

“We’d like to partner with people in the community too,” Christine Sayer said.

The couple is not only excited to open their doors, but also feel it’s a great time to do it.

Chris Sayer said the taproom will be a place where people come in with a common bond and he hopes many new friendships are formed. He also feels that people, more than ever, are supporting local food efforts.

“People want to consume locally and actually understand the process, see it and be able to touch it and know it,” Chris Sayer said.

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