It's an exciting time to be a craft brewer, according to John Carr.
The owner of Adirondack Pub & Brewery in Lake George is overseeing a major expansion of his brewing facilities and is hosting a festival Saturday with special edition barrel-aged beers.
Meanwhile, the craft brewing industry is experiencing rapid growth.
According to Carr, consumers are increasingly turning to local brewers for flavorful options and locally produced products.
"Consumers right now really are recognizing quality, despite the marketing efforts of mass-produced beers," he said.
At his pub and brewery on Canada Street, Carr is making a major investment to keep up with demand.
The business is in the process of building a 4,000-square-foot addition behind the restaurant. It's four times the size of the current brewing area and will be home to new brewing tanks and a bottling operation.
The $500,000 investment will dramatically increase the company's brewing capacity. And it could boost full-time jobs from six to 14.
Adirondack Brewery will be able to make 8,000 to 10,000 barrels a year, a far cry from the 2,000 barrels it brewed in 2011 or the 700 the year before that. Each barrel contains 31 gallons.
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