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Montezuma Winery

Craft beverages enjoy business boom in Otsego
Holly Bennett, bartender at Rustic Ridge Winery, holds one of their bottles of sweet white wine. (Kevin Limiti/AllOtsego.com)

Craft beverages enjoy
business boom in Otsego

New places are popping up along
the Beverage Trail with interesting takes on classic locally sourced fare

By Kevin Limiti • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Otsego County is famous for its Baseball Hall of Fame, art museums, hiking trails and more but there is also another thing that draws people to the region, its craft beverages.

Otsego County has its own beverage trail and is home to the internationally known Ommegang Brewery. But new places are popping, each with their own unique history, many of which source their ingredients locally.

Two of these places is Rustic Ridge Winery and the High Burl Brewery, which are on state Route 80, nestled between adjacent farms. The brewery and winery dogs, Ruger and Jake, greet the patrons as they beg for animal crackers and popcorn. Inside is a homey place filled with wine and good vibes, and bartended by Holly Bennett, no relation to the Bennett family who owns the winery.

“It’s a big family get-together here,” Bennett said and the winery/brewery pairing is the only one in the area with both that she knows about.

SQSPCA THIFT SHOP SOLD

Montezuma

Winery Plans

Tasting Room

The Susquehanna Animal Shelter in Hartwick Seminary has been sold to Montezuma Winery, Seneca Falls.

HARTWICK SEMINARY – Montezuma Winery & Hidden Marsh Distillery in Seneca Falls has bought the Susquehanna Animal Shelter property, and plans to put a tasting room in the Thrift Shop, SQSPCA Executive Director Stacie Haynes confirmed a few minutes ago.

The other buildings may be used for wine storage, but “what was really attractive to them was the space,” said Haynes.  “We have backyards here, bordering on (Oaks Creek), that are gorgeous.  Very quiet and tranquil.”

The SQSPCA is building a new $5 million animal shelter about a half-mile north on Route 28, and is expecting to have a grand opening there this spring.

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