MANLIUS, NY — The latest craft brewery project to emerge in Central New York is also one of the most ambitious.
The plan envisioned by members of the Menikheim family includes a brewpub and shop in the village of Manlius, two farms in the town of Manlius to grow hops and barley, and facilities to turn those crops into useful ingredients for beer-making. The crowning piece of the plan is a brewery to be located on one of the farms, off Salt Springs Road.
“We looked at the market and where things stand today, and we concluded that vertical integration — from growing the ingredients, to production, to retail– is the way to go,” said Bob Menikheim, the patriarch of the Manlius clan behind the project.
It’s so ambitious, it even has several corporate divisions — limited liability corporations — to cover all the pieces. A company called Oran Station Brewing Supplies, named after the old railroad station near the Menikheims’ home on Route 92, is for the beer ingredient production. The Seneca Street Brewpub is the business in the village and Limestone Creek Brewing Co. is the expected name for the brewery on Salt Springs Road.