New brewery adds sparkle to village's future

Board welcomes Kikkerfrosch's 'significant investment' in Goshen

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  • Mayor Kyle Roddey, center, speaks with Village Trustee Pete Smith, left, and Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus at the conclusion of the Village Board meeting on March 10. (Photo by Geri Corey)

“This is what economic development is all about."
Goshen Mayor Kyle Roddey

By Geri Corey

— Bottoms up! to Village of Goshen residents. It’s time to celebrate.

Although Goshen has suffered some major losses, like Arden Hill Hospital and the government center, now residents can look forward to welcoming something new: a brewery.

At its March 10 meeting, the village board unanimously authorized Village Mayor Kyle Roddey to sign a sale contract with Kikkerfrosch LLC Brewery, a Greek beer-making firm committed to making high-quality lager beer following German purity law.

“This is an exciting first step in what will be a strong relationship between the village and Kikkerfrosch," said Roddey. "This welcomed addition to our community will increase our tax base and create new job opportunities."

Kikkerfrosch Brewery has agreed to purchase the village owned 115-acre parcel on Route 17M, the former site of a relocated landfill put there in 2006 to make room for the new sewerage treatment plant on Cyprus Road.

Five years in the making
Village officials, working with RJ Smith Realty, have been prepping the parcel for sale. Kikkerfrosch has agreed to a $1.7 million price tag to construct their world class 300,000-barrel lager brewery.

“This is a great day,” said Village Trustee Ed Char. “It’s the conclusion of five years of hard work.”

Trustee Mal Stewart added: “This is a great example of shovel-ready.”

The purchase of the property will be phased in while Kikkerfrosch moves through the planning board process.

“This is what economic development is all about," Roddey said. "We have an exciting company with a great reputation who is willing to make a significant investment in our community. We welcome them."

By coming to Goshen, Kikkerfrosch Brewery, run by brothers Michael and Demetri Politopoulas along with business partners Tatyana Ryazanova and Anastasia Burlyuk, is expanding its European brewing operation to the United States. Roddey noted that the location of the brewery on the periphery of the village is an ideal place for light industrial use because of the lack of residential neighbors.

With the addition of the CRV wells on Scotchtown Avenue, providing water for future growth in the village won’t be a problem, said Roddey. The village has two water sources: the reservoir and the CRV wells on Scotchtown Avenue. Village officials recently put out a job bid in order to hook-up the wells to the water district, something the mayor explained they were in the process of doing before the sale proposal came in. The brewery uses approximately 100,000 gallons of water a day.

Attending the meeting was Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus.

“The company comes funded," said Neuhaus, approvingly. "It’s a very solid company. It’s awesome to add it to Goshen. I really think Goshen is on the cusp of making big changes. 2014-2015 will be Goshen’s time.”

Public hearing on budget April 7

In other business, the Goshen Village Board has scheduled a public hearing on the proposed 2014-15 budget for April 7 at 7:30 p.m. at village hall, 276 Main St., Goshen.

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