Updated 03/29/2012 03:49 PM
Brewery expansion means green for Matt's and city
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UTICA, N.Y. -- It's out with the old in one Utica neighborhood as the Matt Brewing Company clears the way for a greener future for itself and the city.
Demolition began Thursday on a Court Street home that sits on the future site of the brewery's anaerobic digester.
The digester will first treat the company's waste water, meaning there's less for the city sewer system to clean. The process will also produce methane gas, which the brewery will use to generate 40 percent of its electricity.
One feature of the project is also meant to enhance the community.
"The rest of this is going to be an open-space park and that's going to allow us to, when we have concerts or Saranac Thursdays, people are going to be able to wander over here and sit down at a picnic table and just have a nice time," said Nick Matt, chairman and CEO of the F.X. Matt Brewing Company.
Construction on the $4 million project is expected to begin later this spring.