Skaneateles Brewery

A logo inlay for the floor of Skaneateles Brewery, which is currently set to open later this summer.

The craft beer boom of the last decade has seen dozens of breweries open in Cayuga and Onondaga counties.

But near the county line, the lakeside village of Skaneateles has gone without a brewery of its own.

So it's perhaps appropriate that the first Skaneateles brewery will be titled just that: Skaneateles Brewery.

Set to open later this summer in the same space occupied by Last Shot Distillery at 4022 Mill Road, the brewery is a partnership between Last Shot co-owner John Menapace and his wife, Mary; Sal and Hope Strods; and Dan Welch and Dorothy Krause. Welch will serve as the brewer, John Menapace said Friday.

Welch comes to the project with homebrewing experience, Menapace said, and will be working on a seven-barrel system at Skaneateles Brewery. The brewery will focus on "lighter, drinkable" beers, such as pilsners and light ales, he continued. Its taproom will have 12 taps, some of which will pour beers from other breweries.

Wine and cider will also be available there. But any food will be premade, Menapace said, as the brewery doesn't have the license to prepare food of its own.

Though Skaneateles Brewery will focus on its local market at first, Menapace expects to see many out-of-towners, too.

"Being a tourist town, you're going to have people from all over anyway," he said.

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Lake Life Editor David Wilcox can be reached at (315) 282-2245 or david.wilcox@lee.net. Follow him on Twitter @drwilcox.


I'm the features editor for The Citizen and auburnpub.com, and have been here since 2006. I also cover local arts and culture, business, food and drink, and more.