HOLLAND PATENT – If you love beer and are a resident of Holland Patent, there’s good news coming to your neighborhood.
16 Stone Brewpub co-owner and kitchen manager Eric Constable said that the family run microbrewery is slated to open at noon today. The brewpub is based out of the former Butterfield House on Main Street and he hopes to attract residents looking for a lively bar atmosphere without having to make the drive to Utica.
“To be honest, when my brother (Adam) and I bought the building, we bought it for the apartments,” he said. “The bar was in really great shape. … “What used to be a hotel and restaurant, and later apartments, has been completely renovated and restored to its (nearly) original state.”
The brewpub is part of the New York Beverage Trail.
The Butterfield House has been a hotel and restaurant over the years and the Constables are using the original hand-carved bar after renovations and restorations. Along with 16 Stone Brewpub, the building also houses Cape and Cup Cafe, Zennergy Studios and a banquet facility.
“It’s a family owned and we really just wanted a cool, hip place out this way,” Constable said. “We always felt it was missing.”
Bringing brewing expert Randy Vitullo on board with the pub as the brewmaster has been a boon to the brothers.
“We always have kind of been playing around with home brewing and we met our brewmaster a few years ago,” Constable said.
Vitullo’s concentration at the moment is on IPAs and Belgium style beers along with cider beers. Sour beers are also something that Constable hopes 16 Stone will be creating in the near future.
The brewpub also will be serving food including a build-your-own hot dog bar on “Weenie Wednesdays.”