DANSVILLE — The community came out to make a toast to a historical industry at the Dogwood Festival.


Dansville Chamber of Commerce, Livingston County Chamber of Commerce, Dansville Mayor Peter Vogt, and North Dansville Supervisor Dennis Mahus were at the grand opening of Battle Street Brewery on May 18. The ceremony continued on May 19 with food, live entertainment, and drinks all around.


Elissa Leuer, Livingston Chamber Tourism and Marketing director, welcomed this new adventure into our community.


“This is a great industry that is beginning in the county. It is growing not only in the state, but also in the county,” she said. “We really look forward to having this place fully open and operating. We have seen in the last few weeks the amount of traffic and visitors that have come just for this. We really appreciate your presence here in Dansville.”


Leuer said this beautiful historically building is refurbished by the local community.


Dansville Chamber President Barry Haywood said that those who have been around in the community for decades know the importance of the train depot.


“This is an iconic part of our history,” he said. “This was an important part of transporting goods in the community when Blum Shoe Factory was here. We really appreciate what you have done here. You have made us a destinations spot. We are going to bring people into the community, and we will keep them here. It means a lot that you are doing this during the 52nd Annual Dogwood Festival.”


Vogt said he is very proud of the brothers for restoring the historic train depot.


“You have brought our historic train depot back to life. For so many years revitalization always meant knocking down and plow it up,” he said. “In Dansville that has happened on more than one occasion. The hotel, the old shoe factory, but that time has come and gone. We appreciate what you have done, and your vision for it.”


Battle Street Brewery General Manager Marissa Siciliano thanked everyone for being part of the special day.


“We are so pleased to be open. We are a nice and vital part of this community. We want to thank everyone who has been a part of this creation from the ground up,” she said. “They helped in the recreation of this building. The brewers created this incredible beer. The Acomb Family has really blessed us with this opportunity. Now we are able to give back to the community by having a really nice gathering place.”