Buckland public hearing set for new brewery

Recorder Staff
Published: 7/28/2017 10:27:17 PM

BUCKLAND — A public hearing is planned for Tuesday, Aug. 8, when the Selectboard considers a Farmer Series Pouring Permit License for Floodwater Brewing Co. LLC. The hearing begins at 6 p.m. in the Selectboard meeting room, upstairs in Town Hall.

The license would allow founder Zachary Livingston to open a brewery at 40 State St. with a sampling bar for beers and sale of bottled beers made on the premises.

In 2016, Livingston bought two storefronts from JoAnne and Philips Sherburne, with the intention of converting the shops into a brewery, with beverages made mostly with local ingredients when possible.

According to a legal notice, Livingston is planning to have a first-floor tasting area, bar, a brewery viewing area, and a small deck or porch with outdoor seating that overlooks the Deerfield River.

Livingston, who is originally from Worthington, is a mechanical engineer who has designed green-energy wastewater treatment systems for craft breweries in California. Livingston could not be reached for comment on Friday; but in a 2016 interview, he said Floodwater will be his first brewery.

The name “Floodwater Brewing” goes back to Tropical Storm Irene in 2011, when the swollen Deerfield River flooded the buildings on the river-side of State Street — including the site for the future brewery. “It’s an homage to the town and its people, who were able to bounce back after such a devastating disaster,” he said.

The difference between a Farmer Series Pouring Brewery and Winery Permit and a traditional pub license is that Livingston will not be able to sell any other alcohol products beyond what is made on-premise: people can purchase sample brews, and buy bottles of his brews to take home. Livingston would also be allowed to distribute his product for sale in other venues.

Last year, Livingston said he would like to produce about 600 barrels per year of beer. “I am looking to concentrate on beer sales along with some memorabilia and souvenirs,” he said. “Currently, there is no plan for any food service but I want to have a BYOF option (bring your own food) — that way people could grab a some food at Buckland Pizza, the West End Pub or any of the other fine establishments in town bring it over to enjoy with their beer.”


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