Kent Falls Brewing Company was born out of friendships and the shared desire to follow our passions for beer, love of farmhouse ales and nature. We considered some other locations for the brewery, in part because Connecticut currently lacks a Farm Brewery Law, but always returned to the idea of anchoring the brewery and farm together, on one piece of land. This land.
While no farmer brewer law exists, we approached the town about the idea and they were supportive of the notion, but naturally and understandably had questions. We spent some time defining the scope of our operations, discussing the brewing process, what the operation would look like, how it would support agriculture, and much much more. The first question was whether we’d receive an exception that would allow the brewery to be included under the agricultural rights of the property, or whether we would require a special permit.
The town decided it would take a special permit in the town regulations for a farmhouse brewery. It took several public hearings, at which we received support from neighboring farms, beer enthusiasts. Several opponents were also in attendance. Over the course of the year that we met with the town and public, we developed our wastewater treatment plans, traffic estimates, production limitations, and the like we got a chance to meet our neighbors and answer their questions head on. In the end, we received a unanimous approval
As of this writing (June 2014) we have received our Federal approval from the TTB and have submitted our license application to the State. We’ll be breaking ground on the brewery at the beginning of July, and anticipate opening in the fourth quarter of 2014.