Lunkenheimer Craft Brewing Co.

Kristen Lunkenheimer-Slocum prepares a flight of beer at Lunkenheimer Craft Brewing Co. in Weedsport in June 2015.

Our story begins much like many in the industry: a passion for beer and the process of making it.

Founded in 2013 by Derric and Kristen Slocum in the small Erie Canal village of Weedsport. LCBC is Cayuga County’s first licensed brewery since prohibition. The doors opened to the public with a soft opening on Sept. 27, 2014, and with an official opening to the public the following weekend.

What is a Lunkenheimer?

Probably the top question we are asked is, “What is a Lunkenheimer?” (Pronounced "Lun-ken-hi-mer.") No, it is not the name of our dog (also the logo), nor is it a type of breed — well, sorta. Lunkenheimer is Kristen’s maiden name. Though the name has German roots, the brewery does not adhere to the greatly disputed and now 500-year-old German purity law — the Reinheitsgebot. However, the law served as a seal of quality, and we do share that commitment and often have multiple German-style beers available. Specifically, we always have on Buster, our kolsch. This beer is always available at the taproom.

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So, what’s the significance with the logo?

Our dog, Trooper, has compromised a lot while we have been dedicating all of his romp-a-roo time to the brewery over the past three years, so we thought this would be the best way to honor our furry four-legged pal for his devotion — for allowing us to take on this adventure! Trooper is a Rhodesian ridgeback with a barley intolerance — who would have thought a brewery dog would have a grain allergy?! He has earned the title of security specialist and grrrrowler sales. We would be partial if we did not mention the honorable Skylar Aspen — she, too, has roots with the logo. She was our first ridgeback and really generated the love for the breed. Sadly, Skylar departed us in June of 2015. However, her legend lives on and we respectfully still refer to her as our customer care specialist.

What’s next?

It’s been just over two years since opening day. There have been a lot of late nights, long days, a great deal of stress, much celebration and of course blood and sweat, but we would not trade it for anything! We are also well aware that the future holds much more of all of that. We have met a ton of amazing people, people in the industry, people from our small community, people outside of New York and many outside of the country. We cherish these relationships even if it’s not a lifelong friendship, but a simple conversation over a beer. Beer has historically brought people together and that’s the vibe we strive for. As often mentioned, the brewery is built on passion and not on profits. Nevertheless, our vision remains the same — to source local ingredients as much as possible by collaborating with local farmers and other small businesses, while staying true to the definition of craft beer — small, independent, traditional. We plan to continue to pursue this vision and expand organically while serving our local neighbors an incredibly fresh pour. LCBC is the place where the glass is always half full and everyone celebrates by wetting their whistle, and this is their gathering place.

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Lunkenheimer Craft Brewing Co., owned and operated by Derric and Kristen Slocum, is located at 8920 N. Seneca St., Weedsport. For more information, call (315) 834-7027, visit facebook.com/lunkenheimercraftbrewingcompany or email derric@lunkenheimercraftbrewing.com