For David D’Allesandro, making craft beer is part chemistry, part science and part art.
By next year, it also may be part entrepreneurship.
The Farmington resident, who is an engineer by day, is proposing a microbrewery and taproom — no name just yet — for the Main Street space formerly occupied by Byrne Dairy.
The Canandaigua City Planning Commission on Tuesday night gave the OK for a conditional use permit that would allow D’Allesandro to operate at the high-profile downtown site. A detailed site plan for the property still has to be approved by the Planning Commission.
D’Allesandro said he has enjoyed making craft beers at home, and several of his friends say they have enjoyed them. So he decided to pursue the hobby as a business, especially when this location opened up.
“It’s a great town for brewing,” D’Allesandro said. “There’s an up-and-coming beer scene.”
Details are sketchy at this point but the plan, D’Allesandro said, is to brew on site, although he hasn’t decided on just how much. Small-plate food also would be served.
“We’d like to be small enough to be flexible,” D’Allesandro said.
Several members of the Planning Commission said they have no problem with what D’Allesandro is proposing and are pleasantly surprised the building won’t be sitting vacant for long.
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