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Beer for the community

Friends and supporters of Roscoe Beer Company gather at the company’s store in Roscoe, NY for a ribbon-cutting ceremony on May 4.
TRR photo by Fritz Mayer

By Fritz Mayer
May 8, 2013

“This is a true American project, hot dogs, baseball, old Ford truck and a good American beer. All of our products are made in the USA, we support our community, that’s what we will always be about,” said Phil Vallone, one of the investors in the Roscoe Beer Company.

With those words, the ribbon was cut signaling the birth of a new brewery in Sullivan County.

Donna Vallone said that the group of investors who own the company has ordered the system needed to brew beer, but it doesn’t yet have the necessary permits, which take time to acquire. She said, “Our goal was to get the first recipe out as quickly as possible,” and getting all of the approvals would take time. So they contracted with Adirondack Brewing to make the beer, which is then distributed from the Roscoe Beer Company facility. But the investors hope to be brewing their own before long in the former firehouse in which the company is located.

Elaine Fettig, president of the Roscoe Chamber of Commerce, is also an investor. She said of the creation of the brewery, “We all love Roscoe, it seems like something that good small towns are doing now, and we wanted to be part of it.”

The logo and related artwork for the company was created by artist Roger Baker, who said he is one of the few sign-painters who still does everything by hand and does not use computers.

Go to www.roscoebeercompany.com for a list of outlets that are selling the first Roscoe beer, which is called Trout Town American Amber Ale.