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From Briefcases to Brewskies: Long Island Home Brewers Can Expand with New Incubator

January 12, 2016
Babylon Village Patch
The Babylon Brewery is on its way - Photo courtesy of Bryan Hadler

From Briefcases to Brewskies: Long Island Home Brewers Can Expand with New Incubator

At the end of the day, plenty of people like to kick off their shoes and crack open a cold beer, but most people don’t drink something they brewed themselves.

For those who do, a new craft brewery incubator will open in Copiague in the next couple years. Located at 1305 S. Strong Avenue, it will offer 25,000 square feet of space for 10 rotating home brewers to take their product to the next level and forego the barriers to production like space, equipment and acquiring permits.

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Babylon IDA awarded $700,000 grant for craft beer incubator

December 18, 2015
Newsday
Matthew T. McDonough says the Babylon IDA came up with the idea for a beer incubator last year after reading about brewers struggling to find working space. (Credit: Newsday / John Paraskevas)

The Babylon Industrial Development Agency has been awarded a $700,000 grant by Empire State Development for its proposed $12 million project to turn a former missile-component test facility in Copiague into a craft beer incubator.

The IDA plans to buy the property at 1305 S. Strong Ave., demolish the dilapidated 25,000-square-foot structure there now and build working space for up to 10 brewers. Renters there would have access to a tasting room for customers, and would share production space and equipment with other brewers.

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Babylon IDA looks to tap into success of craft beer industry

September 24, 2015
Babylon Beacon

There are incubators for all types of fledgling businesses, but now the Babylon IDA has announced it will be providing space for a new type of entrepreneur: craft beer brewers.

In an announcement earlier this month, IDA Chief Executive Officer Matthew T. McDonough said the IDA will purchase, revitalize and equip a former missile-component test facility at 1305 Strong Ave., Copiague into the state's first business incubator dedicated to craft beer.

"Long Island has the resources to accommodate a booming craft beer industry and the Town of Babylon IDA is well suited to provide read more ››

Babylon proposes state’s first craft brewing incubator

September 14, 2015
Long Island Business News
Babylon Brewery Incubator

Something big is brewing in Babylon.

The Town of Babylon Industrial Development Agency has unveiled a plan to convert a blighted building into the state’s first business incubator dedicated to craft bar.

The IDA would spend $12 million to buy, revitalize and equip a former missile component facility at 1305 S. Strong Ave. in Copiague.

“We look forward to the possibilities it could hold for start-up brewers and the future of the craft beer industry on Long Island,” Babylon IDA CEO Matthew McDonough said in a written statement.

The IDA plans to acquire the read more ››

Craft beer 'incubator' planned for Copiague site

August 27, 2015
Newsday
The Babylon Industrial Development Agency wants to transform this derelict former missile-component test facility on S. Strong Avenue in Copiague, seen on Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015, into New York State's first incubator dedicated to craft beer. The $12 million project will include a multi-brewer production facility and a tasting room. (Credit: Newsday / John Paraskevas)

New York State's first business incubator dedicated to craft beer could be built on Long Island thanks to a $12 million project proposed by the Babylon Town Industrial Development Agency.

The agency plans to transform a derelict former missile-component test facility in Copiague into a multitenant production facility and tasting room for brewers, said Matthew T. McDonough, chief executive of the IDA.

The IDA is "uniquely situated to acquire this property, renovate it and equip it to make a brewery incubator," said McDonough, 26, who came up with the idea last year after read more ››

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