2018-01-10 / Business

Woodstock brewery opened for business last week

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New enterprise open in Phoenicia
By Victoria Levy

After years of effort, multiple locations and lots and lots of test batches, Woodstock Brewing opened its doors to the public last Friday afternoon in Phoenicia and began serving its unique small batch craft beers and favorite ales.

The concept and inception of Woodstock Brewing began three years ago with owner Rick Shobin and head brewer Scott Shimomura, whose original plans called for the business to locate in Woodstock. As time passed without opening, the pair considered a Shokan address before Woodstock Brewing finally made its way to the Phoenicia Plaza on Rt. 28.

Shobin told the News last week “We drove by the Phoenicia Plaza and saw there was a sign for rent and checked it out.” The rest, as they say, is history. Shobin and Shimomura brewed their very first batch of beer eight years ago. Shimomura, originally from Seattle, WA, lived in New York City for 17 years and has been a resident of Ulster County for two years. He was attracted to the Catskill Mountains as it “reminded me of the outdoors out west,” and goes on to say “One thing that struck me is there were not as many breweries here as there are in Seattle.” Shimomura calls Shobin “The best chef I know.” Both agree there is nothing better than “fresh beer from a brewery.”

Originally from Smithtown, NY, Shobin came to the Hudson Valley in 2008. His love of hiking and the outdoors bought him to the area. When asked what about the inspiration behind the brews Shobin says “We make what we like to drink, and what we would make at home. Our beers are approachable and fresh.”

There are many on-tap options to choose from including Parabolic Pale Ale, an American Pale Ale; Between Two Points, a Saison; Permanent Midnight Nitro Porter, a robust porter as well as Rhetoric IPA, and Entropy, an imperial double IPA. Most of the hops used in their beers are grown in eastern Washington State. They offer both five ounce pours for sampling, and 16 ounce pints. For take out, there are 32 ounce and 65 ounce growlers available.

Shimomura says “our goal is to keep everything in the operation fresh and new.” Of the overall energy of the brewery, Shobin says “we would like our place to be more welcoming then fancy.”

The facility is more than 5,000 square feet with an interior designed by X Wallflower. The tables were made by hand by John Bilotti from Highwoods Restoration. Woodstock Plumbing provided the metal bases. The seating capacity is currently 80 with future expansion planned.

Food will be served in the near future. For now, pretzels made fresh at Deisings Bakery in Kingston are available. In addition to having their own beers on tap, Woodstock Brewing offerings are currently available at Woodstock establishments such as Station Bar and Curio, Red Onion, Reynolds and Reynolds, and Silvia.

Woodstock Brewing is located at 5581 Route 28 Phoenicia. The hours are Thurs 2-8 p.m., Fri 2-10 p.m., Sat 12-10 p.m., and Sun Noon -8 p.m. To learn more visit DrinkWoodstock.com or call 845.688.0054.

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