Garland City Beer Works, Since September 2018
The vision and mission of Garland City Beer Works is to brew high quality and tasty craft beers, with the finest hops and yeasts for the people of Watertown, to the Thousand Islands region and beyond. Craft beer lovers from near and far are welcome! Aside from our own brewed beer, Garland City Beer Works also serves cider, wine, mixed drinks, and beer centered food. Families and children of all ages can come and enjoy a relaxed atmosphere and play games – such as giant jenga, board games, cards, a bowling machine and a dart board. Our patio features seating and chimineas to warm you up on a chilly day. We can’t wait to see you here!
From Home-Brew to Commercial Success: How We Started
The idea to operate a pub had been brewing in the minds of Nancy Henry and Colleen Henegan for awhile. The stars began to align a few years ago when Nancy had retired from teaching after 30+ years. She found herself wondering how she would occupy her time until Colleen also retired from 30+ years in education. As fate would have it, Nancy knew Andy Storino was hired to help start a craft beer bottle shop, so she went along to work with him and thus began her interest in the industry. She fell in love with the challenge to bring the best craft beer to her hometown – Watertown. This is where she met Troy Parker, her manager at the bottle shop. Troy had an interest in brewing beer, so they all decided to start testing the process in Andy’s basement. Eventually the operation moved to Nancy and Colleen’s garage. This became the brew house, where they could play with recipes and talk about beer. Then through Nancy and Colleen’s many trips for “research and development”, ideas for opening their own brewery began to take shape. Garland City Beer Works went from a dream to a reality. The name “Garland City Beer Works” is an homage to Watertown’s history when the downtown buildings were decorated with red, white, and blue bunting to show their patriotism. The name is also part of Nancy’s family history as her uncle Bill and his brothers operated Garland City Auto Parts in Watertown for many years.