When it comes to craft beer in Cayuga County, there’s a lot to be excited about in 2018:
• Aurora Ale & Lager Co. will almost triple its production after the King Ferry brewery installs a new 5-barrel system, with glycol-jacketed fermenters and tanks, in March. Owners Mark Grimaldi and Joe Shelton have also relocated their taproom, which now includes a 20-foot bar, more seating, a wood stove for homemade pizzas and windows overlooking nearby vineyards and Cayuga Lake.
• The Good Shepherds Brewing Co. is moving into a bigger and more visible location at the former PBJ on the Corner on Genesee Street in downtown Auburn. When I spoke to brewer and president Garrett Shepherd after he closed on the building in the spring, he said his production will scale up significantly from what he can do at his current 31 Loop Road location. He expects to open the new brewery and taproom by early spring, he said, with 24 taps.