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      Our first look at Empire Brewing Company's proposed Farmstead Brewery in Cazenovia

      Empire Brewing Company's Cazenovia Farmstead proposal

      We are getting our first look at the Empire Brewing Company's proposed Farmstead Brewery project in Cazenovia.

      On Monday, the Cazenovia Village Board approved the site plan and architectural designs for the project, which is expected to create an estimated 50 jobs over 3 years. The site on Route 13 will be developed for education and beer production purposes. The property will also grow hops, lavender, vegetables, herbs and fruits for use in the brewing process.

      Beer manufactured at the Cazenovia site will be packaged in kegs, bottles and cans and will be distributed locally, across the country and around the world. There are also plans for a gift shop and restaurant that will be open on the weekend when they allow tours.

      Empire has been working for months to change the zoning of its land on Route 13. It was zoned residential, and special amendments to village code were needed to allow for the milling of flour, feed or grain in the village.

      In addition to job creation, developers say the proposed brewery will utilize locally grown feedstock, providing a direct benefit to Central New York farmers while decreasing the company's carbon footprint. The company plans to buy all New York State manufactured products and focus on green manufacturing.

      The project is projected to open in the fall or 2014.