TUPPER LAKE - Raquette River Brewing won planning board approval last week.
Mark Jessie and Joe Hockey were at a planning board hearing on their project, which requires a special use permit to convert a building on Balsam Avenue to a small brewery with a tasting room and a retail area where they plan to sell merchandise.
No one commented or asked questions on the project during the public hearing.
Planning board members approved it without discussion. Afterward, planning board member Bob Collier said they should let the planning board know when they are going to open.
"You'll be the first to know," Jessie said.
After the project received approval, Fred Schuller asked if the men plan to brew a non-alcoholic beer. Jessie said they don't plan to at first but might consider it in the future. Schuller told him there's a big market for N/A beers.
Jessie and Hockey hope to brew four regular beers - a pale ale, an India pale ale, a wheat hybrid that's mostly wheat but with a little barley added, and a stout - plus regular seasonal brews.
When they first open, they plan to brew a maximum of 185 barrels per year. One barrel provides 31 gallons of beer. They intend to use as many local ingredients as possible.
Raquette River Brewing still needs to obtain state and federal licensing, but the groundwork for the brewery is already beginning. On Sunday, the pair posted photos on the company's Facebook page of their work to prepare the floor of the building to make it fit for a brewery. Jessie and Hockey have been gathering input from potential customers on their Facebook page.
"Please tell us what you want," they posted on the page, "we want to be the people's brewery."