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A ribbon cutting ceremony was held Friday at Stump City Brewing in Gloversville. From left, Stump City Brewing Owners Casey Oare, Matt Sherman and Nick Sherman.
By DUSTEN RADER
Fulton County Express
GLOVERSVILLE — Drink local.
Area residents gathered Friday outside the city to celebrate the grand opening of Stump City Brewing.
The craft beer business was created by owners Nick Sherman, Matt Sherman, Casey Oare and Jerry Sherman, all of Gloversville.
“It has been a really long journey, it’s not over yet and it’s been fun all along the way,” Matt Sherman said. “The four of us built the entire building.”
Seven beers brewed right in house were on tap during the event, including: Cayadutta Cream Ale, Pale Ale, Red Ale, Juniper IPA, Scotch Ale, Mohawk Harvest Coffee Brown, and JOSH (Apricot Blonde). Matt Sherman said the Cayadutta Cream Ale, Pale Ale and Red Ale are the most popular.
The brewery doesn’t currently sell bottled beer, instead it sells empty growlers for $9 and refills are $12.
Stump City Brewing is a member of the New York State Farm Bureau, which means it is required to source 90 percent of its ingredients locally. It sources hops from Goderie’s of Johnstown and malt from Germantown. It also donates waste created from the production process to a local farmer to use as feed and compost.
According to Fulton-Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce President Mark Kilmer, Stump City Brewing fits perfectly with a trend of microbreweries spreading across the state and it meets a need locally.
“This is a great opportunity and there is a lot of growth potential,” Kilmer said. “It has become a major tourist draw. Appreciation for nontraditional brews is really growing.”
Matt McGivern of Johnstown attended the event. He said he stopped at the tasting room last week and loved the pale ale so he decided to come back for more.
“It’s a great local place to get good beer,” McGivern said.
In order to make the project a reality, the three owners created an IndieGoGo page and raised more than $13,000. Some of the funds raised served to finish the interior of the building by incorporating a former Gloversville barn as wood flooring and metal roofing for the ceiling.
Stump City Brewing is at 521 W. Fulton St. Ext. in Gloversville. For more information, call 518-831-0722, visit www.stumpcitybrewing.com or search for “Stump City Brewing” on Facebook.