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Brewery Officials: "We will rebuild"

By By SUSAN CAMPBELL

UTICA - Only 24 hours after fire destroyed part of the F.X. Matt Brewery, plans to rebuild are already underway. At the brewery Friday, officials said that they are grateful to the community and government agencies who stepped up and pledged support in such a difficult time.

The Matt Family says that they will rebuild and the brewery will come back stronger than ever.

Canning capabilities here have been lost and there is a question about damage to the bottling lines but there is no official word yet on whether they will be salvagable.

It is important to note that much of the company was not affected by the fire including the actual brewing, fermenting, and aging operations. The president of F.X. Matt Brewery also says kegging operations will be back up and running on Monday.

There is some evidence of getting through it the devestation already. It was announced that Saranac Thursday for next week is on! Same time, same place and Nick Matt says he hopes the community will come out in full force.

In the meantime, Utica Mayor David Roefaro says Varick Street is open for business this weekend and he is encouraging people to come out and support other local establishments.

Another annonucment of good news: Officials told us that they do not expect there to be a problem with hosting the after-race party.

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