Ithaca Beer Company

Ithaca, NY

18,000 GSF


Ithaca Beer Company was created in 1995 with a vision of opening a brewery that exemplified "The Spirit of the Finger Lakes."

The company has grown considerably throughout the years and needed a new facility that would not only accommodate current and future manufacturing growth, but also to share the vision of a "farm brewery", marrying industry and agriculture.


Set on 80 acres of farmland and woods, the land supports the brewery's goals of providing local fresh produce for the pub menu, and recreational opportunities for the patrons and staff. The challenge was to incorporate a welcoming and warm community oriented taproom, pub, retail area, and beer garden in this industrial building.


The centrally located tasting bar is marked by a replica of fermenting tank, surrounded by
the handcrafted bar of bottle caps and artful concrete top. The radiating sunburst of thin steel channels supporting lighting and signage radiates to the exterior site design in the form of rustic locust poles supporting atmospheric lighting and the growth of beer hops. The radiating lines direct one's eyes to the west; a bocce court, family style picnic tables, Adirondack chairs, a fire pit, and the fields beyond for lawn games and recreation.


The farm/brewery connection is obvious through views - strong views of the brewery from the Tap Room; oppose sweeping views of the agricultural surroundings. Large berms hide views to adjacent industry and frame views to the fields instead.


Ithaca Beer is handcrafted quality beer. Their new home has now given Ithaca Beer the ability to portray the unpretentious, mellow and fun quality of the brand. This new industrial sleek brewery in an agricultural setting has helped keep the brand and product locally minded and a part of the community that has supported them throughout the years.


 For more information about this project contact Cindy Kaufman, AIA:

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