Planned Hitchcock Brewing Co. patio in Bernardston delayed

  • Hitchcock Brewing Co. owner Rich Pedersen stands for a photo at the brewery and taproom at 203 South St. in Bernardston when the new location opened in October. Staff file photo/Dan Little

  • Bartender Erica Hebert pours a pint of Angry Sparrow at Hitchcock Brewing Co. in Bernardston when its new location at 203 South St. opened in October. Staff File Photo/Dan Little

  • People gather in the taproom at Hitchcock Brewing Co. when its new location at 203 South St. in Bernardston opened in October. Staff File Photo/Dan Little

  • Hitchcock Brewing Co. owner Rich Pedersen stands with a pint at the brewery and taproom at 203 South St. in Bernardston when the new location opened in October. Staff File Photo/Dan Little

Staff Writer
Published: 4/2/2020 1:36:03 PM
Modified: 4/2/2020 1:35:53 PM

BERNARDSTON — The plan to create a patio for outdoor seating and standing room at Hitchcock Brewing Co. in April has been delayed indefinitely due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Hitchcock Brewing Co. recently received the Selectboard’s unanimous approval for the patio area, but co-owner Rich Pedersen said the outbreak and recent order from Gov. Charlie Baker declaring the temporary closure of restaurants and bars to the public has put these plans on hold.

“The timeline originally saw us break ground at the end of April,” he said, “and it was predicted it would only take two to three weeks to finish.”

Hitchcock Brewing Co. is owned by Pedersen and his wife, Geneva. The brewery moved to Bernardston from its original Whately location in October. Pedersen said they have enjoyed the new 203 South St. location, and they were excited to expand with the patio for the summer.

“I think it’s a good plan,” Selectboard member Stanley Garland said. “A lot of restaurants and breweries have outdoor seating in the summertime.”

Garland said the patio would be required to be roped off and have signs stating patrons with alcohol must remain on the patio or indoors. According to Pedersen, the work will be conducted by Lazy D Landscaping of Easthampton.

The patio would begin at the front of the brewery by the garage door of the building and wrap around the side facing The Farm Table, Pedersen said. The brewery will also install windows looking out on the patio from the taproom. The patio will be approximately 1,500 square feet and will fit 30 to 40 people.

“People love to be outside and have a beer,” Pedersen said. “We have a beautiful view of the field and the Amtrak going by.”

The patio could also serve as a place for an opening musician to play an acoustic set before the main show inside. The brewery typically hosts musicians and bands on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Pedersen said the brewery serves 150 people on an average weekend night.

The patio would likely open as early in the spring as possible, and stay open into the fall, Pedersen said. The brewery had planned to host food trucks on a regular basis starting April 1, but those plans are on hold following the temporary closure of the taproom.

Zack DeLuca can be reached at zdeluca@recorder.com or 413-930-4579.

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