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Groundbreaking for new brewery in East Bloomfield

East Bloomfield, N.Y.- A groundbreaking ceremony was held Wednesday at a new Ontario County brewery and hops museum.

With plans to open in spring 2014, Nedloh Brewing Company will be located on State Route 5 & 20 in East Bloomfield.

It will include a brew house, retail outlet, tasting room for 50, and hops and beer museum which will feature information and photos on the history of hops and beer, with a focus on New York state hops in the 1800s.

Naples natives and company owners, Nate and Josie Holden want to bring hops back to New York State.

In the late 19th century, hops were a large part of the local economy and New York grew up to 90 percent of the nation’s supply. With more industrialized beer production, prohibition and crop disease, the booming New York hops industry was slowly destroyed.

“We are really excited to play our part in helping to revive the region’s hop culture and awareness,” said Nate Holden.

Nedloh Brewing Company will sell growlers and kegs, and will have five beers on tap, as well as root beer.

The brewery also plans to grow its own hops, which could take three-four years to reach maturity. Within the first few years of operation, Nedloh Brewing Company plans to become a farm brewery, with nearly all of its hops grown on Nedloh Brewing Company’s four acres of farmland.

The Holdens plan to use New York and local Finger Lakes products and ingredients when making their beer.

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Washington Times