Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Westfield Republican: Mazza First Winery, Distillery, Brewery (NY)

Local winery becomes NY State’s first combination winery, distillery and brewery
March 27, 2015
Westfield Republican

After recently receiving their farm brewery license, Mazza Chautauqua Cellars / Five & 20 Spirits & Brewing in Westfield, NY has become the first combination winery, distillery and brewery in New York State. This makes this unique location one of only a handful of places in the whole country to have a winery, distillery and brewery license under one roof. That's out of 8000+ wineries, 3000+ breweries and 600+ distilleries.

The brewery at Five & 20 was born out of plans to expand the craft distillery at the original Mazza Chautauqua Cellars in Mayville, NY, along with the Mazza family's penchant for venturing out into new realms. The expanded distillery at the new location in Westfield afforded the perfect opportunity to branch out into creating craft beers, as certain equipment can be utilized for both distilling and brewing. The 10-barrel brew house not only allows Five & 20 to mash for whiskey production, but is now reaching its full potential by serving the brewery, as well.

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According to general manager Mario Mazza and owner Bob Mazza, the most exciting thing about having a winery, distillery and brewery all under one roof are the opportunities they will have to creatively integrate equipment, ingredients and processes. This will allow Five & 20 to craft unique "crossover" products, such as their already-released Afterburner Bierschnapps (a fully hopped beer distilled as a white whiskey product).

Beer production is just beginning, and Five & 20 has plans to debut some of their first beers at the Erie Micro Brew Festival on April 18th. Distiller and brewer Joe Nelson explains that their initial beer releases will form a "core" base of beers, from which they will build and develop unique products that will take advantage of and showcase their unique "combination" location. All of the craft beers from Five & 20 will incorporate locally grown hops & grains, including some that are grown on-site, on the 80 acres of farmland surrounding their new facility.

Look for craft beer releases throughout late April and May of this year.

For more than 40 years, Mazza has poured itself into transforming the benefits of our land into delightful experiences. With roots in winemaking, Mazza has expanded into craft distilling and brewing. Visit Mazza at three unique locations in the Lake Erie region and online at EnjoyMazza.com

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