Sunday, May 28, 2017

Genesee Beer Tanks

Barges carrying 12 huge Genesee beer tanks are destined for the Genesee Brewery, New York State's oldest brewery, in Rochester NY. They are using the Erie Canal, New York State's oldest transportation system.

The tanks have been completing a long journey starting roughly 7,000 miles away in China, where they were built, then passing through the Panama Canal before heading to the  Genesee Brewery.

This journey began Friday (5/19/17) when barges carrying the 20-foot by 60-foot tanks made their way from the Hudson River at Waterford, north of Albany, through a lock and into the canal system. The trip to Rochester is 225 miles.

The tanks are a key piece of a $49 million renovation and modernization project for the Genesee brewery, which overlooks Rochester's High Falls on St. Paul street.

The 2,000-barrel tanks have helped mark the 200th anniversary of the start of the canal's construction.

Immigrants helped finish the project pushed heavily by former Gov. DeWitt Clinton. The aterway was nicknamed "Clinton's Ditch" and decried by some as "Clinton's Folley". But it came to support 50,000 jobs, according to the New York State Canal Corp.

The tanks, too large to be taken by truck on the New York State Thruway will make the brewery more efficient according to Genesee officials.

The tanks' journey to Gensee began in China, where they were manufactured. The fermentation tanks are capable of holding 2,000 barrels - the equivalent of 27,500 cases of beer, or approximately 661,440 12 ounce servings.
Genesee Beer Tanks approaching the lock at Mays Point.
Genesee Beer Tanks entering the lock at Mays Point.
Deck Hands
Genesee Beer Tanks in the lock.
Wenching through the lock.
Leaving the lock.

These tanks were making their way down the Erie Canal to Rochester where they will be a key part of Genesee Brewery's $49 million renovation. These formation tanks were literally on "a slow boat from China." Many of today's spectators toasted the tanks with Genesee beer and Cream Ale as they made their way through the lock at Mays Point.

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