A toast to new beginnings in Batavia on Saturday afternoon as the owners of Eli Fish Brewing Company celebrated their official grand opening in the former JJ Newberry building at 109 Main Street.
The brewery is named in honor of Eli Fish, the operator of Fish's Malt House, a brewery located on the corner of Elm and Main Streets in the 1800s.
According to a press release, “The history of Batavia is tied in many ways to this location,” said Matthew Gray, one of the brewery’s owners. “We hope today marks an exciting new chapter that generations of residents and visitors will enjoy.”
Three Batavia natives, Gray, Jon Mager, and Matthew Boyd are the owners of what's being called "the city's newest landmark destination for food and drink."
“From the day we set out on this project, we had a vision of bringing people back to Main Street in Batavia for an experience they couldn’t enjoy anywhere else in the area,” Mager said.
Not only did they celebrate their official grand opening but they also unveiled the first two of their in-house brewed beers: a honey IPA and a blonde ale. The brewery has 20 taps, which will feature 10 beers that are brewed in-house and 10 rotating beers from around New York State.
The brewery operation itself is a seven-barrel system and all brewing will be done on-site using locally sourced ingredients.
The bar will also serve craft cocktails and fine wines sourced from New York State wineries and distilleries.
The brewery is part of $2.8 million renovation of the Newberry Building into a mixed-use development with a restaurant incubator, known as FreshLAB, on the first floor with the brewery and apartments on the second and third floors.