Genesee beer tanks enter Erie Canal on barges

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC-TV) - The first of several barges containing beer fermentation tanks entered the Erie Canal in Albany around 11:30 a.m., beginning a six- to seven-day, 225-mile barge trip to Genesee Brewery in Rochester.

“The first set of our new 60-foot by 20-foot tanks are now entering the canal, headed to our home in Rochester,” said Janine Schoos, associate marketing director for Genesee Brewery. 

The company estimates that the barge holding the first set of tanks will pass through these communities on the following dates:

- May 19: First barge of tanks departs Port of Coheymans and enters Erie Canal at Waterford; After passing through the Waterford locks, this barge will remain in the canal in Waterford for several days until May 23, to allow additional barges carrying Genesee tanks to enter the canal as well.

- May 23: Tanks will proceed to Niskayuna to Scotia to Rotterdam Junction/Glenville to Cranesville to Amsterdam to Tribes Hill

- May 24: Tribes Hill to Randall to Canajoharie to Fort Plain to Mindenville

- May 25: Mindenville to Little Falls to Frankfort to Utica

- May 26: Utica to Rome to New London

- May 27: New London to Brewerton to Baldwinsville

- May 28: Baldwinsville to Mays Point to Clyde to Lyons

- May 29/30: Lyons to Newark to Palmyra to Macedon to Pittsford to Henrietta; Tanks arrive at 150 Lee Road in Rochester

Once in Rochester, the brewery says the tanks will be used for primary fermentation during the brewing process. The installation of the tanks will be a key step in a five-year plan to develop a Genesee Eco-Brewery District in Rochester, which will span the brewery’s 27-acre campus and includes two phases that will create a destination for beer and brewing in Rochester.

The company says the entire project is intended to grow its operation and create more than 125 jobs.

Genesee is encouraging its fans to celebrate the barge trip by posting photos its Facebook, Instagram or Twitter pages using the hash tag #TOASTTHETANKS.

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