MILLVILLE — The city could have its first microbrewery by this summer, and its owners say their operation and products will be heavily South Jersey.
A unanimous vote by Millville’s Zoning Board on Thursday will allow Glasstown Brewing Co. to start making craft beers in a former World War II maintenance hangar at the Millville Municipal Airport.
The company will operate in a building that will be leased from the Delaware River and Bay Authority near the Millville Army Air Field Museum.
Company co-owner Justin Arenberg said plans call for the brewery to start producing about 200 gallons of beer per week once its opens, which could occur in late July. The brewery will have a retail outlet and tasting room, and visitors will be able to tour the 2,800-square-foot facility, he said.
Arenberg said his company is already talking with restaurants and drinking establishments in the region about serving Glasstown Brewing products to their customers.
The brewery is owned by Arenberg, a general contractor, and Paul Simmons, an environmental consultant. Both live in Millville.
Arenberg and Simmons said they decided to name the brewery after the city’s long glass-making history. That glass-making will play a part in the final product.
Gerresheimer Glass is one of several local companies with which the brewery will do business, Arenberg said. Gerresheimer will make the bottles for the brewery’s beer, he said.
However, Arenberg said the brewery’s commitment to the region will go beyond Millville.
Plans call for using products such as beach plums grown and honey produced in Cape May County, he said. Blueberries and cranberries grown in South Jersey will also help flavor some of the brewery’s custom beers, he said.
Arenberg said he and his partner still need the necessary state and federal approvals, which they hope to get in time for a July opening.
Arenberg said he and Simmons will essentially operate the brewery on their own.
“It’s going to be a part-time endeavor,” he said. “It’s just going to be the two of us until the time comes when the brewery demands more of us than we can handle. Then we’ll make it a full-time project.”
That includes increasing beer production to about 400 gallons per week after the first six months of operation, Arenberg said.
Glasstown Brewing Co. will join a growing number of microbreweries in the region, including Cape May Brewery, Tuckahoe Brewing Co. and Turtle Stone Brewery in Vineland.
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