Before working at Upper Edge Consulting, I only knew of Little Valley, NY because I was staying in Ellicottville with friends, we went for a drive and got lost. Finding ourselves in Little Valley ended up being the perfect way to spend a day as we were able to visit the Cattaraugus County Fair; which was a blast! Personally, I enjoyed the dart games, where I won a tiny stuffed blue shark named Bob. My friends liked watching a spray paint artist, who ended up creating a beautiful pink wings piece for them, which currently hangs in their living room.
However, soon Little Valley will be known as a destination for Ellicottville Brewing Company (EBC)’s bottling and brewing operations and unique brewing science center. EBC plans to open a 75,000 square foot warehouse to expand production facilities for their brewing and bottling operations to allow up to 110,000 barrels of beer a year. In addition to the new warehouse, EBC is helping to develop a first of its kind science center dedicated to telling the story of craft brewing. With the explosion of craft breweries all over the country, and especially in New York State, the science center will be a major tourist attraction for beer and science lovers. The museum will educate its visitors about the brewing process in a fun and entertaining way, as well as offer tasting rooms and a restaurant; which, considering how good the food is in their Ellicottville location, should be very yummy!
I have been fortunate enough to be involved in the hard work that has gone into bringing EBC’s vision to life. EBC and Upper Edge Consulting have worked tirelessly applying for funds with known grantors, such as Empire State Development, Excelsior tax credits and National Fuel to upgrade the gas service to the building, but have also looked for new contributors that may be interested in being part of this project. All of the grants and funding applications that have been submitted on behalf of EBC and Little Valley have one goal: to bring a unique brewing science center/beer production facility to Little Valley, making it a tourist destination and a necessary stop on any visitor’s journey through Cattaraugus County (in addition to a great place to get lost for the day!)