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Unique Nanuet Craft Beer Shop Opens Friday (VIDEO)

This is just the soft opening. There will be a grand opening coming up. Details to follow. Also, mark your calendars for Oct. 22 when the shop will be hosting an Octoberfest event

 

Nanuet's Mike and Doreen Fitzgerald bringing something new to Rockland County and the Hudson Valley: The Growler & Gill Craft Beer Shoppe

They teamed up with co-owner Walt Mihatov to open up the unique business, which is located on Route 59 in Nanuet. It replaces Varriale Furs. After many months of hard work, they are finally having their soft opening on Friday and the grand opening is TBA.

Growler & Gill is open:

  • Monday, Wednesday, Thursday—12 - 10 p.m.
  • Friday, Saturday—12 - 11 p.m.
  • Sunday—12 - 9 p.m.

"It's like a Starbucks for beer. It's a place where people feel they’re getting top of the line product and a comfortable place to sit and enjoy that product and each other’s company," said Mike Fitzgerald. “Our mission is educating and teaching people. There are so many beers around the world but it’s hard to take it all in. Our Beer Geeks and Beer Specialists have the knowledge to really help people understand the beer selection.”

Mike Naclerio and Mark Salerno are the two Beer Geeks at Growler & Gill.

“It’s a library of different beers from around the world and these beer geeks are like librarians to help you find something that meets your taste.”

The Beer

There will be Growler & Gill will have 16 rotating taps with everything from stouts and wheat beers to Belgiums, IPAs and everything else in between. Two bookshelves line the length of the shop housing craft beers from everywhere in the world.

"This is a small fraction of what’s out there. There are 2,000 breweries in America and we’ll have upwards of 500 beers to start and hoping to expand that over time,” said Fitzgerald. "We’re focusing on New York and local breweries with selections from other parts of the country and the world as well. Belgium has the best beers in the world, Germany is a close second. We have beers from United Kingdom and  a smattering of beers from Asia, South America, Jamaica … we touched a lot of corners of the globe."

The Fitzgeralds keep it local. They live and work in the area so it's only natural to them to stock their shelves with local products from local breweries, such as Defiant Brewery in Pearl River and a brewery in Ithaca. However, their passion in craft beers is evident. They have traveled the North East searching for great microbrews, written about their adventures on The Tristate Beer Blog.

"It's a great feeling when the community comes in on Friday and see them enjoy what my wife and I have been enjoying for years now," said Mike Fitzgerald. “I’ve had very fulfilling journeys and met some great people in the craft beer industry. The community of people who are involved in this – brewers, local distribution reps—are knowledgeable and caring about the products."

He added that he and his wife wanted to do this to expose people to different breweries that they've visted. 

"Its two stories. The story of beers that have been made in Europe for centuries and the upstart breweries we’re finding in the U.S." 

Other Products

"We serve food here too. The menu is slanted toward German food because it pairs so well with beer," said Fitzgerald. 

There will also be select wines, artisanal soda, ("Some breweries will make their own line of sodas"), non-alcoholic beers

"There's something for everyone. It's more of the experience. The daily food menu will feature cheeses and breads that pair well with certain beers, a meat plate, cheese plate from Laraia's Cheese Shop, breads from Rockland Bakery, personal pizzas, Pierogis." 

There are two 50-inch tvs for all the sporting events. 

About Growler & Gill

The first half of their business's name, Growler & Gill, derives from the half gallon brown jugs that are becoming popular in craft beer circles. A gill is a British unit of measure that is equal to four ounces of beer.

"We plan to bring in local breweries to serve sample gills and describe each of their beers at weekly tastings. This will allow our friends and neighbors to experience the joy of hand crafted beer," they said. "We also will hold food pairings with local restaurants and artisanal cheese makers. Education will be an important part of our mission with regular “Beer Geek” classes, taught by yours truly, that will enlighten folks to the wonders of beer."

Fitzgerald is currently attaining the second level in the Certified Cicerone Program. A cicerone is equivalent to a wine Sommelier or expert.

Kevin Cavanagh October 05, 2012 at 12:24 PM
Good luck!
Smitty Chesterfield October 05, 2012 at 01:38 PM
best of luck to you. what's the address?
Chris October 05, 2012 at 01:53 PM
Sounds like a great place to drop off hubby while I go shopping. If you have WI-Fi, he will sit in your lounge and drink beers and never leave.
steve smith October 05, 2012 at 02:17 PM
i cant wait. this is one of the most exciting things thats ever happened around here.
steve smith October 05, 2012 at 02:19 PM
i knew a mark salerno in the '60's in valley cottage [mikes brother] is that you, mark?
Barry Kaye October 05, 2012 at 04:35 PM
She Shops He Hops!
Chris October 05, 2012 at 04:43 PM
I always thought they should open a place called the Dress Bar. Men have a beer and women try on clothing.
carolyn higgins October 05, 2012 at 07:21 PM
Sounds like a great place! Good alternative to a typical bar or pub. Best of luck!
Cal Mendelsohn October 05, 2012 at 10:54 PM
This place is the real deal, folks. Just came back from my first visit--great layout, friendly, awesome beer and cider and a great feel. Gotta see this one--it's a winner!!!
MitchP October 06, 2012 at 12:29 AM
Best article in New City Patch ever ever
Brian October 09, 2012 at 12:47 PM
Thanks!! We're excited to bring great craft beer to Rockland!!
Brian October 09, 2012 at 12:48 PM
148 East Route 59, Nanuet, NY! Come on by for a drink!! We think you'll like us!!
Brian October 09, 2012 at 12:48 PM
We promise to kick him out by closing time!! LOL.
Brian October 09, 2012 at 12:48 PM
Thanks Steve! We think so too! The feedback has been awesome!! We are here to stay!
Brian October 09, 2012 at 12:49 PM
Great idea Chris!! However, we don't need the competition right now!! LOL. Why can't the women have a beer while the men try on clothing? LOL. Hope to see you at G&G soon!
Brian October 09, 2012 at 12:51 PM
Thank you Carolyn! We think it is great also!! We have big comfy couches, Two tv's and great beer!! It's a win, win, win!! Hope to see you at G&G!!
Brian October 09, 2012 at 12:53 PM
Cal, Thanks for the great feedback. We especially like the comment about being "friendly". We try to make the atmosphere enjoyable! We look forward to seeing you again soon.
Brian October 09, 2012 at 12:53 PM
Thanks Mitch!! We hope to have more articles in the Patch in the very near future!

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