Today marked the grand opening of Ellicottville Brewing Company’s fourth location in Cattaraugus County. The company’s new 75,000square-foot facility in Little Valley allows for the expansion of commercial production and bottling operations and the addition of 40 new full-time jobs. Ellicottville Brewing Company, which distributes its products to locations around the world, will also retain its 149 existing employees in New York State.

“By removing unnecessary barriers and making it easier for businesses to start-up and expand, New York’s craft beverage industry has seen tremendous growth in every corner of the state,” Governor Cuomo said. “With the opening of its fourth location, Ellicottville Brewing Company is creating new jobs for Cattaraugus County residents while supporting local farms and providing a new food and beverage destination for all to enjoy.”

Ellicottville Brewing Company, founded in Ellicottville in 1995, purchased the former Salamanca Beverage Corp. building at 202 Second Street to establish a new location in Little Valley.The grand opening of this facility adds to the company’s three existing sites located in Ellicottville, Fredonia and Lakewood. The project included the construction of a production facility that is capable of making 180 barrels a day. The beer is then bottled, labeled and packaged for delivery locally and distributed to destinations as far away as South Korea.

The new site will also include the EBC Public Pub & Tasting Room which will feature food, music and festivals to create an attractive brewery destination in the region. A Craft Brewing Science Center is also planned as part of the experience, designed to demonstrate the core components of brewing, including the malting process, hops, water make-up, yeast biology, equipment engineering and more.

Empire State Development will facilitate the project through a $600,000 Western New York Regional Economic Development Council grant and $134,000 in Excelsior Tax Credits.

In February, Governor Cuomo announced that New York State is now home to 400 breweries, surpassing the previous record of 393 breweries set in 1876. A summary of recent legislative and regulatory changes supporting New York’s brewing industry can be found here.