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First Killington brewery receives Act 250 permit

By Stephen Seitz

KILLINGTON—The Killington Beer Co. has been issued an Act 250 permit to move into the Terra Median building at The Woods in Killington.
The company received its permit on March 9. Attempts to reach the company’s Vince Wynn (who also serves on Killington’s planning commission) or his business partner, Mike Philbrick, were unsuccessful. Philbrick also owns a brewery in Port Jefferson, N.Y.
Nicole Kesselring, of the engineering firm of Enman-Kesselring Consulting Engineers, prepared the initial filing.
According to Kesselring, “The Brewery will occupy the former restaurant and kitchen space within the Terra Median building. Brewing will be conducted in the former kitchen area and the 120 seat restaurant space will be remodeled into a tasting room,” she said. “Kegs are to be sold for distribution to area restaurants. The Brewery size could be considered a nano-brewery producing a maximum of 400 gallons per week. The operation will start with 52 tanks per year, one tank per week, 200 gallons per tank. This could be expanded to a maximum capacity of 104 tanks, two tanks per week, 400 gallons. Brewing will be conducted using electric kettles.”
The new brewery is not expected to change traffic in the area, according to Kesselring.
“The Woods Development contains a 120 seat restaurant that for many years operated successfully, serving owners within the development as well as patrons from the community,” she wrote. “A 147-space parking lot serves the Terra Median building, and 60 of the spaces are allocated to the restaurant. The shared uses within the building include the spa, the restaurant, and The Woods administrative office. Traffic projections at the time of the original development included traffic generated by the restaurant. Traffic for the brewery is expect to be generated from within the development as well as outside the development, and is expected to be similar to the preexisting restaurant.”
The filing goes on to note that the brewery will produce about 600 barrels of beer per year.
Long Trail gets a permit, too
The Killington Beer Co. is not the only brewer receiving an Act 250 permit. The Long Trail Brewing Co. in Bridgewater also received permission on March 24 to install a split rail fence in order to mark its southern buffer along the Ottauquechee River.
According to the permit, “The split-rail fence depicted in the River Buffer Plan (Exhibit 006) shall be constructed of red cedar (a flood-resistant material), and each fence post will be buried three feet below existing grade to anchor them in place and prevent dislodging or collapse during a base flood event.”
All documents can be found in ANR’s Act 250 database.

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