Late this afternoon, flames were seen coming out of the FX Matt Brewery. While the details of what caused the fire are still unclear, the fire departments are still working to get the fire under control. The Observer Dispatch is reporting on the fire and updating as details become clear. One this that is obvious, this is the loss of a historic brewery and a real tragedy in the brewing world.
The Matt family still own and run the historic FX Matt Brewery that is most famous for Saranac Beer. Matt’s Brewery is also responsible for many contract brews, one of the most famous of which is Brooklyn Brewery.
I am TOTALLY bummed out about this, I lived in Utica for three years and thoroughly enjoyed visiting the brewery on Thursday nights. Saranac sponsors the Boilermaker, one of the top rated 15k races in the country, and ends the race at the brewery for an all day party. I can’t say enough about how much the Matt family and this brewery mean to the city of Utica and Central New York as a whole.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Matt family and all of the workers, fire fighters and people of Utica.