By Tommy Gardner | Stowe Reporter | May 6, 2015
"Warm weather and cold beer go well together, and soon, so could warm weather and the construction of a new brewery.
"The Alchemist is the proud new owner of 4 acres on Cottage Club Road," Chuck Baraw said Tuesday.
Baraw, who owns the Stoweflake Resort and Spa, had just closed the deal with the owners of the Alchemist Brewery, Jen and John Kimmich. He sold them a parcel he had already cut off from his land for a condo project that never materialized.
Now, that 4-acre parcel will be home to a 15,000-square-foot brewery and retail store that will complement the current Alchemist cannery in Waterbury. The Waterbury Center location will still make Heady Topper, the world-famous double IPA that brings beer connoisseurs to northern Vermont from all over New England and beyond. The Stowe location will concentrate on other Alchemist recipes, both new and old favorites that used to be on tap in the downtown Waterbury brewpub that was wiped out by Tropical Storm Irene.
The Kimmichs were out of town and didn't comment about the sale. But when the Alchemist cleared the final permitting hurdle April 1, Jen Kimmich said the brewery and store could be open around this time next year.
Susi Benoit, owner partner and Realtor with New England Landmark Realty, said the purchase price for the land was $500,000. She said Steve Foster, a real estate agent with her office and owner of the Blue Donkey on Mountain Road, was instrumental in the deal between Baraw and the Kimmichs.
Foster said that, when he heard the Kimmichs were looking for a place to build a second brewery, he looked up and down Mountain Road and elsewhere, and found the Stoweflake property, already subdivided and fitting the water and sewer requirements.
"It was a perfect storm," Foster said. "To have a business like that coming to Stowe, they're gong to bring a whole new level of professionalism, and it'll really lift up that whole area."