UTICA - Changes are happening at the F.X. Matt Brewery Company, but some of the renovations won’t be revealed to the public until later this summer.
Saranac Thursdays will look a little different than in years past. The configuration of the courtyard, where concerts are held, has been changed. The stage has been permanently moved from the center of the courtyard, to the far left side of the brewhouse.
Kevin Sullivan, tour center manager for the brewery, said the stage was moved to accommodate the construction taking place in that area. But when construction is complete, the new stage location will allow for more space and provide more capacity for events and concerts.
Sullivan said some of the construction will improve the brewery's drainage system and change the location for the spent grain tank, where byproduct is collected from making beer and then repurposed as animal feed.
Construction will continue throughout the summer and adjustments will be made for Saranac Thursdays, including where tickets are taken, the location of food trucks and where the pouring stations will be located.
Sullivan wouldn’t address any additional renovations, but he did give some hints about the project.
“Our Saranac Thursday brewery courtyard that we use is in a really interesting spot,” he said. “When you go inside the brewery the courtyard actually edges on a lot of different fundamental parts of the brewery. There's a lot of different things we'll do with our building...that will affect a lot because this is one of the primary lots that borders on three or four different operational parts of the brewery.”
Sullivan would not comment on the cost of the project, but said the brewery will provide more specific information on the project later this summer.