Three craft brewery projects aiming to start up in Onondaga County soon are making progress this fall. Here’s an update:


4504 Bussey Road, Onondaga

Bob and Kathy Dodge broke ground last week on their farm brewery, where they plan to make Belgianstyle ales in a rural setting amid hop and barley fields.

Red Hawk should be making beer by February at the latest, Bob Dodge said. It will be available in both kegs and in 750-mililiter “cork and cage” topped bottles (similar to sparkling wine).

The build-out on the brewery and tasting room is now underway. Red Hawk is near the corner of Route 173 and Bussey Road. The total site is 18 acres, though the building will occupy less than 1 acre.

In addition to its own crops, Red Hawk will be using hops, barley, herbs, pumpkins and other ingredients grown by farmers in the vicinity.

“Our goal is to have all our ingredients grown right in this area,” Bob Dodge said.

While such farm breweries are becoming more common in New York, the Dodges’ plan to exclusively make Belgian style beers does set them apart. (Brewery Ommegang near Cooperstown is currently the only other New York brewery exclusively making Belgian styles). Red Hawk’s beer list includes a Golden Strong Ale, an Abbey Ale, a Biere de Garde, plus seasonals that include a Pumpkin Spice and a Biere de Noel.

Red Hawk will have a system that brews 10 barrels at a time. For a comparison, Empire Brewing Co, in Armory Square has a sevenbarrel system at its brewpub, while Middle Ages Brewing Co. in Syracuse has a 30-barrelsystem. A barrel is 31gallons.


3202 Warners Road, Camillus

Construction is well underway on this brewery, on the site of the existing Fawn Crossing Hop Farm on Warners Road between Pottery and Devoe roads.

The farm and brewery are owned by siblings Dan Mathews, Marcus Mathews, Mo Mathews and Jeanne Mathews Fox. They have been growing hops on the farm for four years.

The foundation has been laid and framing is beginning, Dan Mathews said. The 40-foot by 60-foot building should be finished in about six weeks. It is designed to resemble a barn.

Initially, Local 315 will make beers on a onebarrelbrewing system, butMathews said he has already ordered a 10-barrel brewing system (similar in size to Red Hawk). It should be installed and ready to operate by early in 2015.

“We were slowed down a bit getting some approvals, and our tradesmen were busy on other jobs,” Mathews said, “but from here on out, we will have the prime contractor on site and things should really move quickly. Very excited to move forward.”

The brewery will have a lineup of what it calls the Original 6 beers (the Mathews family are hockey fans), including an IPA, Strawberry Blonde, Belgian Wheat and Porter, with two to be named later.

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