UTICA, N.Y. (WUTR/WFXV/WPNY) – A new outdoor experience is having its ‘soft launch’ opening at Saranac Brewery in Utica, this Saturday, August 20th, that you won’t want to miss.

“It is a long time coming, let’s say, 134 years coming,” said Fred Matt, President of FX Matt Brewing Co. “But it’s gonna be great – We have food, outdoor space for animals, kids, beer drinkers, and families – so it should be terrific.”

You’ll see behind me that the crew is still hard at work getting everything ready, but by this Saturday the Saranac Biergarten will officially open.

This Biergarten has been in the works for some time now, but the idea really took off after the success of the ‘1888 Biergarten that was held in the brewery’s courtyard towards the end of Summer 2020 when social distancing restrictions were still in place.  

And now that those Covid-19 restrictions are gone, the brewery is ready to open up a permanent outdoor area for both locals and tourists to enjoy while sitting with friends and family and sipping on a cool drink.  

“It’s an incredible investment, and what we found is, there’s nothing really like it in Utica,” said Alden Morris, Marketing Consultant at FX Matt Brewing Co. “And the reason the Biergarten is great is everything is state of the art.”

He continued, “All the furniture is custom made, we’re gonna have all of our Pilot Series brews in there as well – so you’re gonna be tasting stuff that’s not available anywhere else.”

This Biergarten will be open for families with kids and pets, as well as other visitors, making it a versatile location for a day out.

But if you’re looking to get your hands on some Saranac beer or Utica Club when you visit, you’re in luck, and those aren’t the only drink options you’ll have.

“Saranac beer, Utica Club, and we’ll have beer cocktails,” said Fred Matt.

“We are getting our license for distilled spirits, so there will be our own distilled spirits, to begin with, which is Right Coast, Vodka Whips, and then ultimately we’ll have wine – so there will be a lot of different things,” he continued.

“So, if you don’t love beer, we’ve still got you covered.”

Again, the soft launch for the Saranac Biergarten is this Saturday, August 20th from 11 AM to 8 PM, so be sure to stop by and check it out!