Thursday, March 12, 2009

Cortland Beer Company Begins Production

For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Dan Cleary, Operations Manger
Owner: Terry Vestal

Cortland Beer Company Plants Feet In The City

Cortland's own beer buddies Dan Cleary and Terry Vestal, founding partners of Cortland Beer Company, are moving forward with plans to open Cortland’s own microbrewery.

R20;From the very beginning we’ve wanted to be Cortland's beer; said Dan Cleary. “That means sharing our beer here and ultimately, making great beer here.”

The historic Cortland Foundations building located at 75 East Court Street right behind Cortland Seafood, will be home to Cortland Beer Company’s production line. As a micro manufacturing enterprise Cortland Beer Company will initially employ one brewer and have the opportunity to make different styles of beer for Cortland’s thirsty beer connoisseurs.

This move from brewing only on contract with Butternuts Beer and Ale, to brewing in our own local brew house gives us the opportunity to customize our beer,” said Terry Vestal “along with our flagship beers we will be producing seasonal ale’s, Session Beers even make specific recipes for, customers and occasions.”

2008 sales of Cortland Beer Company’s first contract ale Crown City Kolsch exceeded Cleary and Vestal’s expectations. Crown City Kolsch has been available as a draft (one pint) and through a growler (half a gallon) at downtown bars, restaurants, and at Bargain Beverage.

When the new facility comes online, Cortland Beer Company will open for public tours of its production process and conversations with the brew master as well as samples, tastings and product retailing from its in-house taproom. Also available will be retail merchandise such as hats, shirts, and other items.

Cortland is our home and it deserves locally crafted beer,” said Terry Vestal “We’re working hard to bring great beer to Cortland.

Cortland Beer Company, created in June of 2007, is the creation of Cortland residents Terry Vestal and Dan Cleary. The company’ first beer Crown City Kolsch was introduced to downtown Cortland bars and restaurants about a year ago during downtown Cortland’s Chill-A-Bration. More about Cortland Beer Company can be found at .

The Cortland Beer Company has been producing beer but has yet to bottle or can their beers. As a graduate of SUNY Cortland, I am thrilled that Mr. Vestal is bringing great craft beer to the city. I am even looking forward to a Bud-Bud Light type Cortaca showdown between the Ithaca Beer Company and the Cortland Beer Company. Good Luck to Mr. Vestal and everyone at CBC.
On a side note, I have been trying desperatly to contact someone at CBC. If anyone knows how to get ahold of someone there then please let me know.

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