DANSVILLE — The Dansville and Mount Morris Depot has been transformed into Battle Street Brewery.
For several months local talents have worked tirelessly to take the historic depot, and turn it into one of the first breweries in the county.
A soft opening is planned over the next couple weeks to bring in community members to the new business. These will be mostly invitation only at first, so the brewery doesn’t run out of beer.
During the Dansville Dogwood Festival will be the grand opening with vendors and several beers on tap. The goal is to have eight beers brewed by that time. Right now they have four.
Battle Street Brewery Co-Owner Doug Acomb gave Genesee Country Express a tour on March 8 to talk about the future plans and progress.
“The whole thing is a museum,” he said. “Most of what you see came out of Bob Hart’s scrapbooks. Some people dropped things off that add to the history of the building.”
Patrick Van Durme took the big wooden doors and used his brother, Mike Van Durme’s barn to make wooden tables. Local talents Patrick Van Durme, Skip Wolf, Kyle Tracy, Shays Contracting, Scott Tracy and much more worked on the new brewery.
“We recycled a lot of the old building,” Acomb said. “The tables came from the doors, and the shelves came from the old floor boards. A lot of what you see on the walls focuses on the history of the community.”
Acomb said 90 percent of the brewery was done by local people.
“We set up a post that asked for people to bring us old suitcases, and we had so many that we had to take down the post,” he said. “They are set up at the bar to make it look like a railroad station.”
Battle Street Brewery will be available for events like graduations, birthday parties, wedding showers, and class reunions. They accept everything from cash, Apple Pay, credit cards, checks, and debit cards.
There is a small screen in the door to the attic that will play old talkie films on a loop. These will mostly be old train movies.
“The depot was built in the late 1800s, and in those days this was a busy town,” Acomb said. “The old 1920s films are sticking to that theme.”
There are two ticket booths that suggest a higher class went to one ticket booth, and the working class went to another. These ticket booths remain part of the brewery. Also the famous depot safety box is in the ticket booth area.
Battle Street Brewery General Manager Marissa Siciliano said she is has been working on hiring people for various positions at the brewery.
“We are looking for people to handle the bar area,” she said. “There will be onsite training as well.”
The old Bob Hart office in the back of the brewery will be used for private parties of about seven or eight people.
The copies of photos on the wall are of the railroad in its heyday. There are several collages of photos, newspapers, and documents on the walls from the time period.
Acomb said that when they aren’t brewing they can offer tours back there as well. Battle Street Brewery Master Brewer
Dennis Boor said that he is getting ready for the rush. This has been a labor of love for all involved.
Battle Street Brewery is located at 4 Battle Street in Dansville. It is history being made in Livingston County. There are no set hours yet. A gift shop area is in the front of the building for shirts, jackets, vests, growlers, pints, and hats.
The beers available so far are Paper Mill Pale Ale, Battle Street Blonde, and Kelly’s Dry Irish Stout. The price range is reasonable.