Craft Beverage Boom Spikes Economic Development in Greene County, NY
In the summer of 2015 alone, two microbreweries in Greene County have opened and have been extremely successful. But the growth hasn’t stopped there. Crossroads Brewing Company in Athens opened in October 2010 and has plans to expand into Catskill come summer of 2017. Greene County has helped Crossroads get a $200,000 CDBG grant for the initial project in Athens to help this industry get its start here. Crossroads recently bought Columbia-Greene Media’s printing facility in Catskill in 2016 and plans to bring its canning and brewing operations to Catskill to expand production. The Athens location will remain the same, as a pub and restaurant, and the Catskill location will focus on brewing. The Catskill project received $322,000 in State funding for the installation of a 30-barrel system and tasting room in the former Daily Mail press building. The expansion will increase Crossroads’ production by over four-fold.