History

Ithaca Beer Co. – A Story about the Little Brewery that Could

Ithaca is a city with a strong sense of community and a passion for locally produced products. There are many local wineries, however people always questioned why there was no local brewery. Dan Mitchell, the founder of the Ithaca Beer Company, set out to answer that question by creating a brewery that would exemplify “The Spirit of the Finger Lakes”.

Ithaca Street front sign

The original concept for the brewery began in 1995, but it wasn’t until December of 1997 that the brewing system was purchased. It was discovered by chance after investigating another system in Texas that looked great on paper, but wasn’t adequate for the needs of the brewery. After passing on that system Dan had some time to kill and decided to travel around. During a visit to a brewpub in Austin, TX he discovered what would become our brewing system. He went in and asked them what kind of beers they made. They told him that they had stopped making beer and were actually preparing to sell their system. After checking it out the purchase was made and a month later the system was shipped up to Ithaca.

Five months of renovation took place at our 606 Elmira Rd. location to turn it in to a functional brewery. After all the hard work renovating and setting up the equipment we were ready to begin the actual process of creating beer! The operation started small with only a couple of people (Dan and our previous Brew Master Jeff Conuel) doing everything that needed to be done to get the business off the ground. From the making of the beer, the packaging, the selling, and the mountains of paperwork necessary to operate a brewery they did it all. In December of ’98 the brewery officially opened.

Since then, we’ve come a long way and grown considerably through lots of tireless work by a very dedicated staff.  Just recently our hard work paid off when we were awarded 2 medals at the Great American Beer Festival in Colorado in 2008.

Brewery ImageIthaca Beer Company now sells beer throughout New York State, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Rhode Island, and Ohio. Other states are in the works as we continue to expand our capacity. Even while growing we haven’t forgotten our commitment to crafting quality beers and being a part of the community that has supported us. As always we strive to capture the spirit of the Finger Lakes and share it with you.

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TAPROOM HOURS:

DAY HOURS
MONDAY CLOSED
TUESDAY CLOSED
WEDNESDAY 12PM – 9PM
THURSDAY
12PM – 9PM
FRIDAY
Dining 12PM – 9PM | Bar 12PM – 10PM
SATURDAY
Dining 12PM – 9PM | Bar 12PM – 10PM
SUNDAY
12PM – 10PM

BREWERY TOURS:

Saturdays and Sundays:
12PM, 1PM, 2PM, 3PM, 4PM
Tours limited to 20 people.  Please call ahead to make a reservation.


122 Ithaca Beer Dr.
Ithaca, NY
14850

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phone: 607-273-0766
fax: 607-273-0815

We are located at the edge of town on Elmira Rd (also called Rt. 13) in Ithaca, NY, just South of Buttermilk Falls.

 


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