Brothers Dan and Dylan Badger are busy preparing for their second brewing season slated to kickoff this weekend when they re-open the brewery’s tasting room.
 
The brothers co-own the Ausable Brewing Co., a microbrewery located in Keeseville NY that produces a line of high quality craft beers and sodas.
 
They are among the first 45 breweries in New York operating under the state's farm brewery license, which offers incentives for using New York-grown ingredients.
 
The brothers plan to eventually grow most of their own beer ingredients on the 140 acre farm, including one acre of hops, five acres of grain and two acres of fruit trees, edible flowers and herbs that will be used to create their signature beers, sodas and ciders.
 
Seasonal and limited edition beers and sodas are an important part of their business model. “Our clients are used to getting seasonal products from local farmers and markets and they are looking forward to having their brewers play around and come-up with something different each week”, says Dylan Badger.
 
Dan and Dylan came to the SBDC for assistance to secure funding for their start-up. They worked with advisor Angela Smith, who reviewed their business plan. Funding was no easy task, but in the end they successfully secured non-traditional loans from different sources.
 
Ausable Brewing Co. is capable of producing 150 gallons of beer per week.  Beer enthusiasts can visit the brewery’s tasting room on Thursday, Friday and Saturday afternoons and at the Keene Valley farmer’s market when in season. Like their Facebook page for up-to-date tasting room hours.
 
“Working with the SBDC to research the industry and write a concise business plan provided us with a good understanding of what we needed to do in order to create a successful business, as well as the confidence to move forward and do so.”

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