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Beer tanks continue journey down Erie Canal to Genesee Brewery

The tanks, approximately 20 feet wide by 60 feet tall, will be used to ferment the beer at Genesee Brewing Company. It is part of a $40 million brewery modernization project for North American Breweries, which owns Genesee Brewery. (Photo: CBS6 Albany)

Albany, NY (WHAM) - The barges carrying beer tanks from Albany to Rochester departed Friday morning from Port of Coeymans near Albany, and they expected to make their way through Lyons in Wayne County on Sunday.

The 12 barges containing the tanks will begin a 6-7 day journey to the Genesee Brewery in Rochester.

A tentative schedule is below:

May 19: Barges pass through Waterford locks, remain in canal until May 23

May 23: Niskayuna to Scotia to Rotterdam Junction/Glenville to Cranesville to Amsterdam to Tribes Hill

May 24: Tribes Hill to Randall to Canajoharie to Fort Plain to Mindenville

May 25: Mindenville to Little Falls to Frankfort to Utica

May 26: Utica to Rome to New London

May 27: New London to Brewerton to Baldwinsville

May 28: Baldwinsville to Mays Point to Clyde to Lyons

May 29/30: Lyons to Newark to Palmyra to Macedon to Pittsford to Henrietta; Tanks arrive at 150 Lee Road in Rochester


People looking to follow the project on social media can use #ToastTheTanks as a hashtag.

The tanks, approximately 20 feet wide by 60 feet tall, will be used to ferment the beer at Genesee Brewing Company. It is part of a $40 million brewery modernization project for North American Breweries, which owns Genesee Brewery.

“This is a moment worth celebrating for Genesee Brewing Company, and for our fans," said Janine Schoos, associate marketing director for the Genesee family. "In fact, we’re encouraging patrons at the many restaurants and bars located directly along the canal to raise a bottle, can or glass of their favorite Genesee beer to toast the tanks."

A single tank is capable of holding more than 2,000 barrels, or more than 661,000 cans of beer.

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