Barkeater Closing Lowville TaproomPosted: Updated:
The Barkeater Craft Brewery taproom closed its doors to everyday customers on Friday.
"The patronage I was getting here at the taproom was just no longer sufficient," owner Dean Richards said.
But it isn't the end of the brewery. While customers at the taproom were declining, Richards says production and distribution of his craft beer is growing..
Barkeater now contracts its beer production with CB Craft Brewers near Rochester.
While it's no longer open to the public, Richards will make small specialty batches of beer at the Lowville taproom and host private events there.
"I don't want this to go away," he said. "It just needs to be reformed and reformulated into a different opportunity that makes more sense."
Richards says he plans to open new taprooms elsewhere.
The first will open this spring in Thendara just outside Old Forge.
“We're looking at recreating the craft taproom experience in other villages, namely right now we're focusing on the Adirondacks come this Spring, so this part is not forever gone,” he said.