The Genesee Brewing Co.’s 12 fermention tanks have started a six- to seven-day trip to the Genesee Brewery via the Erie Canal.
The tanks are part of the brewery’s plan to have one of the best brewing systems in the world. North American Breweries Inc.—parent firm of the Genesee Brewing—has invested $40 million to create the advanced system. The entire project will create over 125 jobs, officials said.
The tanks were too large to be transported by rail or by truck.
Once in Rochester, the tanks will be used to brew Genesee Beer, Genesee Light, Genesee Cream Ale, Genesee Ice and Genesee N.A., and the Genesee Brew House Pilot Batch series.
“The first set of our new 60-foot by 20-foot tanks are now entering the canal, headed to our home in Rochester,” said Janine Schoos, associate marketing director for Genesee.
Brian Stratton is director of the New York State Canal Corp. The organization oversees administration and maintenance of the New York State Canal System.
“Rarely do you find a combination of two institutions with such incredibly rich histories,” Stratton said.. “Genesee Brewing Co.’s use of the Erie Canal highlights the continued viability of the canal for commercial activity, as well as recreation. It’s an honor for the canal to play such a key role in a project like Genesee’s brewery modernization–which has real benefits for the economy of New York.”
The first barge of tanks departs Port of Coheymans and enters Erie Canal at Waterford; after passing through the Waterford locks, this barge will remain in the canal in Waterford for several days, until May 23, to allow additional barges carrying Genesee tanks to enter the canal as well.
They are tentatively set to enter the Rochester region on May 28 as they travel from Baldwinsville to Mays Point to Clyde to Lyons. On May 29/30, they are slated to leave Lyons and to Newark to Palmyra to Macedon to Pittsford to Henrietta. Tanks are to arrive at 150 Lee Road in Rochester
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