LAKE GEORGE Lake George Village will be hosting a new major attraction — a whiskey distillery with a tasting room and events space — if a developer’s plans move forward as expected.
Adirondack Pub & Brewery owner John Carr has announced he’s purchased a four-acre lot on Rte. 9 to expand his existing beer brewery operations three-fold and establish a new distillery.
The property, formerly owned by the Off-Track Betting Corporation and purchased by Carr for $1.25 million, is located near his existing pub and brewery at the intersection of Sewell and Canada streets.
The plot Carr purchased includes a pedestrian corridor that will connect it with Sewell Street and the Adirondack Pub & Brewery, allowing the facility to shift its parking to the OTB lot and expand its outdoor seating with cafe tables and year around fireplaces.
Carr opened his pub in 1999 after transforming a vacant neighborhood market into the Adirondack-themed tavern. Several years later, he expanded it to include a brewery, which produces a variety of beers and ales that are now sold in both taverns and retail outlets in central and eastern New York.
He plans to renovate the 8,000 square foot OTB building and expand his current brewing and bottling operation, as well as adding a whiskey distillery.
The project is expected to take approximately 5 years and $5 million to complete.
Carr said said expects his brewing and bottling capacities to triple and produce 35,000 barrels of beer a year, He also plans to increase his staff size three-fold, adding a variety of positions.
Lake George Mayor Robert Blais said he was pleased to hear about the development, which would be a year-round attraction, provide vital jobs and be an aesthetically pleasing addition to the village.
“Mr. Carr’s brewery and his labels publicize Lake George all throughout the Northeast,” Blais said. “This is exactly the type of development we need in our community.”