By GERARD NOLAN
Beer devotees streamed into Broken Bow Brewery for its grand opening on Saturday, Aug. 17, to sample some locally made brews at the Tuckahoe microbrewery after months of anticipation.
Lyle LaMothe, one of the brewery’s founding partners, welcomed the day.
“For us, it’s a dream come true after a year-plus of construction, two years of planning and 10 years of dreaming,” he said.
LaMothe and four other members of his family pooled their resources and talents to bring the brewery to fruition.
The brewery opened to much fanfare. Tuckahoe Mayor Steve Ecklond presided over the ribbon-cutting before the noon opening.
At noon, the beer began to flow in the tasting room from an ornate bar stocked with brews ready to make their debut.
“I think they did a fantastic job,” Ecklond said, a pint in hand. “It’s going to be great to see this beer in some of our local restaurants and taverns.”
Ecklond said his favorite beer was Marbledale American Pale Ale.
Kristen Stone, a founding partner and the brewery’s spokesperson, said business was going well.
“It’s been great,” she said. “It’s been steady so far.”
Stone said the brewery plans to have frequent tastings and also features a room that can be rented out for corporate events and parties.
Customers browsed the 7,500 square-foot facility, which sits amid a block of industrial and commercial buildings. People sat at tables, savoring pints and enjoying the food offerings from local restaurants.
Eastchester residents Dave and Rachel Hirschl checked out the brewery with their two young children.
“It’s a nice addition to the neighborhood,” Rachel Hirschl said.
Her husband agreed.
“It’s great to see cooperation with local businesses, like Growlers,” he said referring to a local beer bar down the road. on Main Street.
The microbrewery’s interior design pays homage to the space’s former life as a manufacturing plant, Stone said.
“They paid a lot of attention to the old architectural features in restoration,” Ecklond said.
Timber from the building’s ceiling was fashioned into furniture for the tasting room. A old sink from the building’s manufacturing days was fitted with a 13-spigot array, which family members worked furiously in order to keep up with opening day beer orders.
Nearly a dozen steel and copper tanks sit at the back of the main room in two rows connected by a network of pipes. The German-engineered system was imported from Japan after a brewery there closed and sold off its inventory. The beer-brewing appurtenances arrived from Himi, Japan, by boat.
Stone said the operation lacks some of the technological bells and whistles that characterize breweries these days, but the family embrace’s Broken Bow’s no-frills approach to a centuries-old process.
“It’s very old school,” Stone said. “There’s nothing wrong with old school.”
The brewery, whose tagline is “If it ain’t broken, don’t drink it,” is the first brewery to come to the village and one of only a handful in Westchester County, including the Captain Lawrence Brewing Company in Elmsford and the Peekskill Brewery.
A few local restaurants, distributors and bars have already signed-on to stock Broken Bow’s beers, including Growlers Beer Bistro, which provided food for the opening. Stone said the family hopes to add more businesses to their roster of customers.
LaMothe said that, so far, the brewery has 25 recipes and will roll out seasonal beers every few months. Broken Auger Lager, Broken Heart Stout and Marbledale Pale Ale comprise the brewery’s trinity of year-round mainstays.
Ecklond chatted with the LaMothe patriarch, Lyle, about his plans for the brewery and the secret behind the tasty beers.
“It’s that Tuckahoe water,” Ecklond said.