The Heelpath Brewery gets its name from the Heel-path once walked when the Erie Canal was a major pathway for commerce. It’s located right off the Erie Canal in the Frankfort Marina. Jeff Kinville is the Brewmaster who started home brewing 23 years ago. Now he’s taking his craft to the next level, but isn’t changing the way he brews.
"The biggest thing is cleanliness. You got to keep… your equipment’s got to be clean, and you got to pay attention to what you’re doing. If you want to brew good beers, you can’t just slap it together. You’ve got to follow the steps and learn the process."
That process has convinced his friends Todd Bush & Dennis Wood to invest as partners in the business. They tell me in addition to the money it takes to start up the business, it takes time, and a lot of it. They also say this location wouldn’t have been possible without the help of Village officials.
"The Town Supervisor, the Mayor, even the Fire Chief. He works for the Village now….all the Board Members. They’ve all been right on board….the Chief of Police. They’ve all helped us with whatever we need….I think they’re glad to see some movement down here in the Marina also, and hopefully it keeps moving, and the little restaurant over here opens up so people can eat too and it will be great."
The brewery doesn’t serve food. They’ve decided to keep their focus on the beer, but Partner Jessica Willoughby says they don’t think the customers will mind one bit.
"I know we don’t have food, but we don’t mind if you bring your own, or you can order from Fratello’s or anywhere else in town, and they deliver."
Jeff Kinville also hopes to deliver on his commitment to brewing great beer.
"I just enjoy brewing beer, and I just want to be able to share it on another level, and that’s what I’m trying to do."
Heelpath is open on Friday’s from 4pm-10pm, noon-10pm on Saturday’s, and noon-5pm on Sunday’s, but will have a grand opening on October 5th, and if it brings more people to the area, well I guess we can all drink to that.