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Cooperstown Distillery

Construction Underway For Distillery Expansion

Construction Underway

For Distillery Expansion

Excavator Jesse Boest operates a backhoe behind the Cooperstown Distillery, where a $400,000 expansion is underway. The project, which began approximately two weeks ago, is headed by Tom Howard Construction. Among the plans are a large addition to the facility, including the installation of a “rick house,” a warehouse used for the storage and aging of whiskey. (James Cummings/AllOTSEGO.com)
NYSEG Adds Power At Cooperstown Distillery

MANUFACTURER UP TO 4 STILLS

NYSEG Adds Power At

Cooperstown Distillery

Two NYSEG crews have been at the Cooperstown Distillery all morning, increasing the power flow to the expanding manufacturing operation. “They’re giving us the amps we need,” said distillery proprietor Gene Marra. In the past few months, the distillery has expanded from one to four stills, which require heat to create a range of products from Glimmerglass Vodka to Beanball Bourbon. The distillery is planning expanded parking and adding a second floor of the building at Railroad and Leatherstocking to meet the demand. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Cooperstown Distillery Unveils Plan To Double Its Plant, Hired 10 More

Cooperstown Distillery

Unveils Plan To Double

Its Plant, Hire 10 More

Cooperstown Distillery proprietor Gene Marra poses by one of two new stills installed in February in anticipation of doubling the size of the Railroad Avenue plant. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

By LIBBY CUDMORE • The Freeman’s Journal & Hometown Oneonta

COOPERSTOWN – With five years of success behind it, the Cooperstown Distillery is looking ahead and planning to more than double the size of its plant on Railroad Avenue.

“We outgrew our space many years ago,” proprietor Gene Marra told the Village Board on Monday, March 25. “Our production has been limited by our physical space.”

The planned 7,500-square-foot expansion will more than double the building’s existing footprint on the back portion of their Railroad Avenue lot, adding a “rackhouse” for storing barrels of whiskey and bourbon, as well as second-floor production space.

Cooperstown Distillery Plans To Double In Size

Cooperstown Distillery

Plans To Double In Size

Gene Marra, proprietor, Cooperstown Distillery, explained his plan to double the size of his distillery and add as many as 10 full-time jobs. The expansion, from 3,500 square feet to 7,500, including second floor production space. Marra, along with partner Andrew Gilcrest and Jody Zakrevsky, CEO, asked for “pre-pre-approval” from the Village in hopes that they would assist him in applying for a $60,000 grant to create jobs for “low-to-moderate income level” employees, meaning that the jobs created do not require a college degree. The board agreed to support the project, and asked him to give them a project outline to begin the application process. (Libby Cudmore/AllOTSEGO.com)
Cooperstown Distillery Adds 2 New Stills, More

Cooperstown Distillery

Adds 2 New Stills, More

Cooperstown Distillery Distiller Daran Bottger, center, directs installation of a new 500-gallon still this morning at the Railroad Avenue plant. The still was one of two – the second is 150 gallons – installed to help meet demand, according to proprietor Gene Marra, at left.  The distillery also installed three new fermentation tanks.  Two lines in particular – Legacy Bourbon and Legacy Rye – sell out every year, Marra said. “It’s going to be a big turning point in who we are, what we are,” he said. The distillery celebrated its fifth anniversary in October. (Larissa Ryan/AllOTSEGO.com)
Sporty Morgans Back In County

Sporty Morgans Back In County

In advance of Saturday’s Autumn Mog 2017, owners of vintage English Morgan sports cars gathered at the Cooperstown Distillery this afternoon to begin their weekend of fun. Standing by their cars are, from left, Warren and Judy Mann of Bedford, N.H., with a 1989 4/4, Barrie and Mara Abrams of Mamaroneck, Westchester County, with the 2003 anniversary model, and Scott Willoughby and Kate Hartley, North Creek, with their 1995 8+8. Some 50 Morgans are expected to be on display at the 3/4 Morgan Group Concours d’elegance 9-noon tomorrow on Hyde Hall’s front lawn. Admission free, but tours of the National Historic Mansion will also be available. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

 

Business Owners To Trustees: Bring Back Sandwich Boards

Business Owners To Trustees:

Bring Back Sandwich Boards

Gene Marra, owner of Cooperstown Beverage Exchange and the Cooperstown Distillery, reads a letter from his wife, Montell, asking the Cooperstown Village Board to reconsider their ruling making sandwich boards illegal. “If not for the ‘open’ flag, a pot of flowers and a sandwich board stating ‘complimentary tasting/ tours, a passerby might merely think our building was only a factory,” she wrote. “Please allow us a real-time way of attracting business.” Several local business owners spoke, and the board agreed to hold a public hearing on the law at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 8 (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Hartwick College Declared Otsego Now ‘Partner Of Year’

Hartwick College Declared

Otsego Now ‘Partner Of Year’

Hartwick College President Margaret L. Drugovich accepts applause this morning as it was announced the college is Otsego Now's "Partner of the Year" for 2015. Seated from left are Otsego Now directors Jim Jordan, Richfield Springs, and Bob Harlem, Oneonta. (Jim Kevlni/AllOTSEGO.com)
Hartwick College President Margaret L. Drugovich accepts applause this morning as it was announced the college is Otsego Now’s “Partner of the Year” for 2015. Seated from left are Otsego Now directors Jim Jordan, Richfield Springs, and Len Marsh and Bob Harlem, both of Oneonta. (Jim Kevlni/AllOTSEGO.com)
Past Otsego Now chair Bob Hanft, Pierstown, reports on 2015 progress. At left is Devin Morgan, Cooperstown, who succeeded Hanft at year's end.
Past Otsego Now chair Bob Hanft, Pierstown, reports on 2015 progress. At left is Devin Morgan, Cooperstown, who succeeded Hanft at year’s end.

COOPERSTOWN – Hartwick College is Otsego Now’s “Partner of the Year,” Bob Hanft, past chairman of the organization, announced at the county IDA’s annual meeting this morning in the Cooperstown Distillery.

Hanft cited two projects in particular that led to the designation:

• One, the college’s plan to renovate dorms and building 72 town homes, an effort that involved $39 million in IDA bonding.  President Margaret Drugovich, who was present, has said the project will bring many of the 300-400 undergrads back into the “campus community” to experience that important aspect of a residential liberal arts education.

Cooperstown Distillery Launching Spitball, Flavored Whiskey, In NYC

Cooperstown Distillery Launching

Spitball, Flavored Whiskey, In NYC

Wyatt Crowley, left, and Anthony Pollard bottle Spitball, the Cooperstown Distillery's new flavored whiskey, which is being launched In celebration of opening day of baseball, we wanted to invite you to an evening celebrating spirits and baseball as Cooperstown Distillery launches their new cinnamon Spitball Whiskey at the Bergino Baseball Clubhouse in Greenwich Village on Thursday, April 7 from 5:30 – 8 pm. Invite below. Guests will enjoy specialty cocktails made using Cooperstown Distillery craft spirits and fan-favorite baseball snacks in an art gallery and boutique dedicated to America’s favorite pastime. The game will also be streaming! Cooperstown Distillery owner, Gene Marra will also be in the house to chat about their full portfolio of spirits. Please let us know if you are able to come as we’d love to have you. RSVP to me by replying to this email or: danielle@evokeny.com. Have a wonderful day! Danielle
At this hour, Wyatt Crowley, left, and Anthony Pollard are bottling Spitball, the Cooperstown Distillery’s new flavored whiskey, which is being launched Thursday in New York City in a reception at Bergino Baseball Clubhouse in Greenwich Village.  Distillery owner Gene Marra anticipates the whiskey – flavored with three types of cinnamon – “could be a home run, if not a grand slam.”  It seeks to compete in a niche launched by Jim Beam and Jack Daniels in the last 3-4 years.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Senator Schumer Calls for Shorter Waits for Distilleries

Schumer Backs More Inspectors,

Shorter Waits For NY Distilleries

Standing in the production room at the Cooperstown Distillery, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-NY, left, this afternoon called for additional funding for the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol & Tobacco Tax & Trade Bureau to hire more inspectors to review and approve permits for  distilleries.  Despite the growth in the craft brew and distillery industry, the inspector corps has been reduced, and some businesses are waiting as long as 200 days for permits, he said.   Welcoming the senator, a contender for Senator Democratic with Harry Reid’s pending retirement, is Cooperstown Distillery Proprietor Gene Marra, center, and Steve Harris, an investor in the Railroad Avenue operation.  (Jim Kevlin/allotsego.com)
Standing in the production room at the Cooperstown Distillery, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-NY, left, this afternoon called for additional funding for the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol & Tobacco Tax & Trade Bureau to hire more inspectors to review and approve permits for distilleries. Despite the growth in the craft brew and distillery industry, the inspector corps has been reduced, and some businesses are waiting as long as 200 days for permits, he said. Welcoming the senator, a contender for Senator Democratic with Harry Reid’s pending retirement, is Cooperstown Distillery Proprietor Gene Marra, center, and Steve Harris, an investor in the Railroad Avenue operation. (Jim Kevlin/allotsego.com)
Cooperstown Distillery Celebrates 1st Anniversary

Cooperstown Distillery Marks 1st Anniversary

Montell Marra, right, co-proprietor of the Cooperstown Distillery, mixes egg nog this afternoon as the company's first anniversary celebration gets underway.  She is assisted by Meghan Greenleaf, Oneonta.  The distillery is open until 6 this evening, and the celebration, with free food and samples, continues from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday.  (Jim Kevlin/allotsego.com)
Montell Marra, right, co-proprietor of the Cooperstown Distillery with her husband, Gene, mixes egg nog this afternoon as the company’s first anniversary celebration gets underway. She is assisted by Meghan Greenleaf, Oneonta. The distillery is open until 6 this evening, and the celebration, with free food and samples, continues from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday. (Jim Kevlin/allotsego.com)
Sign Of Success At Cooperstown Distillery

Sign Of Success At Cooperstown Distillery

At this hour, proprietor Gene Marra and his crew at Cooperstown Distillery are unloading 10,000 bottles at the Railroad Avenue plant.  Marra, whose distillery is celebrating its first anniversary this weekend, said the truckload may last for nine months.  Here, Rory Gallagher, atop ladder, tosses a box down to his boss.  (Jim Kevlin/allotsego.com)
At this hour, proprietor Gene Marra and his crew at Cooperstown Distillery are unloading 10,000 bottles at the Railroad Avenue plant. Marra, whose distillery is celebrating its first anniversary this weekend, said the truckload may last for nine months. Here, Rory Gallagher, atop ladder, tosses a box down to his boss. (Jim Kevlin/allotsego.com)
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