A new era began Friday at the Ommegang Brewery in Cooperstown. Since January, the cafe has been under construction but it officially reopened Friday morning.
The brewery cafe doors opened at 11 a.m. and hundreds of people got a look at the new and improved building throughout the day.
From start to finish, it was an 18-month project with limited service January through March and completely closed since April for construction.
To celebrate the grand reopening, Congressman John Faso, Senator James Seward and a representative from Senator Kirsten Gillabrand's office were in attendance.
And it's only fitting that instead of a ribbon cutting, 21 bottles of beer were popped.
This new cafe is almost twice the size which is something the customers appreciate.
"It's just so much more open and I think there's gonna be more chance for people to have a good time, relax," said Bill Tallman. "You won't be bumping into people like we used to. It's one of the hottest spots in town."
"For our section, it is more about the tour and tasting experience, we're really trying to stream line it make it more accessible to everybody," said store manager Dillon Anderson. "Super excited to try all the new beer we have in stock and just can't wait to get going."
"Well the end result of what we're trying to do is incorporate inside with outside," said General Manager of Hospitality Dave Neil. "So the whole vision was to come into the building and be wow'd because everything around you is somewhat assimilating yourself."
Hundreds of people attended the brewery's grand reopening, and they got to enjoy Firepit Fridays with live music and a huge fire.