The aroma of hops cooking can now be smelled in Canton as production ramps up at the new St. Lawrence Brewing Company. Owner Ken Hebb has been brewing craft beers in his personal life for years and is ready to share his talents with the North Country. YNN’s Barry Wygel got a behind the scenes look at the operation as the brewery gets ready to open to the public.
CANTON, N.Y. -- "It takes a diverse set of skills to make a brewery work," said Ken Hebb, the owner of the St. Lawrence Brewing Company.
St. Lawrence Brewing Company Owner Ken Hebb thinks he is up to the challenge.
"I've made wine, beer, mead and all kinds of alcoholic beverages for a long time. It was a fun hobby and a passion of mind," said Hebb.
Hebb is turning his passion into a career as he gets ready to start distributing his unique brews -- recipes that he has perfected with years of tinkering.
"It took us two years of brewing over and over, just honing exactly how the malt character works and how much hops," said Hebb.
The public will get its first taste of the new brews this weekend at The Parkview in Canton; but, Hebb has his big plans for getting his product in restaurants across the North Country.
"We've been building up our inventory so we can begin distribution the week of June 24th," said Hebb.
The brewing company is looking to take advantage of its central location here in Canton for easy distribution to all of the North Country and the rest of the state.
"Check out our Facebook page. As we deliver kegs to a specific place and put a tap handle on, we'll list it there and put up a picture," said Hebb.
Hebb hopes to launch in about 50 North Country restaurants with more to be added. They will start with four year-round brews, and hope to add seasonal brews in the summer.
"The I.P.A. is definitely my favorite. I'm glad to have it on tap now," said Hebb.
Cans of the four varieties could be available as early as fall.
For more information about the St. Lawrence Brewing Company you can visit, St. Lawrence Brewing Company or St. Lawrence Brewing Company on Facebook.