CLIFTON PARK -- SingleCut Beersmiths, the New York City-based brewery that purchased the Shmaltz Brewery off Van Patten Drive last year, has taken off as a full-fledged brewery, with a newly opened store and a taproom coming soon.
SingleCut is a growing craft brewery that was founded in 2012, in northern Queens. With the purchase of the Clifton Park facility, it was be able to increase its output in a way that was not possible at the smaller New York City location.
While Shmaltz retained its corporate identity and its labels, it's returned to its roots as a producer of beer brewed under contract by other companies. Shmaltz had its own brewery for only the past five of its 22 years in business.
SingleCut started brewing in the Clifton Park facility in late May and moved to full production in September, with kegs and cans now distributed along the East Coast.
The new shop, called the North Store, opened in early December. General Manager Dan Bronson said customers can sample and buy cans of SingleCut beer in the “one-stop retail shop.” The store also offers company merchandise and light food.
SingleCut employs 60 people, Bronson said, and those who staff the North Store have an in-depth knowledge of the beer and are able to help educate customers about the product.
“The staff works exclusively with SingleCut. Everything we do has our own little touch. It’s a great opportunity to have all of our neighbors in,” Bronson said.
SingleCut is working to renovate a portion of the Clifton Park facility to function as a taproom, which is projected to open in the summer, Bronson said.
The future taproom area was recently cleared out for demolition, which will start “as soon as possible,” Bronson said.
The taproom will feature an area for music and an expanded draft beer lineup, as well as a kitchen. Last summer, Bronson predicted the taproom would also have a new, large sound system, and a large vinyl music collection.
Prior to purchasing the Clifton Park space, SingleCut shipped its beers from New York City to locations upstate. Cans sold out quickly, Bronson said.
“The cans came from our Queens location, and they were disappearing fast," he said. "The store gave us a great opportunity. It's nice to know that there's a place that always has them."
The brewery is planning some events to help it connect more with area residents, and to prepare for the taproom's opening. One will be a 5K run in April.
"The store has been killer because we've been able to shake everyone's hand," Bronson said.
North Store is open for business Thursdays through Sundays. Customers can keep up with the company on social media, including through its Instagram (@singlecutnorth) to find out about new releases.