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Fermentation tanks arrive at mall for Skewed Brewing Co.


At 7 a.m. Friday, a crane in the parking lot outside Regal Cinemas at the Salmon Run Mall unloaded seven 310-gallon stainless steel fermentation tanks.

Yes, fermentation tanks.

Those tanks will be used to produce about 750 barrels of craft beer each year at Skewed Brewing Co., which is scheduled to open at the mall in October. The demolition of walls will start in about two weeks to make room for the 2,250-square-foot brew pub and eatery planned by Ryan N. and Cheryl C. Chaif, owners of Hops Spot restaurant in Sackets Harbor, and Mark P. Crandall.

With space for 100 diners, the eatery will feature indoor seating and an outdoor café, a 40-foot stainless steel bar and a brick oven used for baking with organic, locally grown ingredients.

“We’re really excited for people to be able to have a sit-down meal here before they go to a movie or shopping,” Mr. Chaif said. “It will give them a chance to relax, as opposed to just sitting in the food court.”

Inspired by pubs from the Prohibition era, the eatery will showcase a frosted-glass storefront with a large pixelated print of a skewed curve, Mr. Chaif said.

People can keep a close watch on construction progress at the pub at the following social media websites: and Pictures and updates will be posted throughout the summer and fall.

“Facebook is the easiest way for us to update and keep people informed,” Mr. Chaif said, adding that job openings for the pub will be posted this summer.

He said about 45 employees are expected to be hired the first year — 10 full time and 35 part time. Some employees at the Hops Spot will be transferred to the mall in September.

“We’re going to bring service and manufacturing jobs to the area,” he said. “Manufacturing in this area used to be big, so we’re glad offer those jobs.”

Three homemade brews will be on tap when the pub opens, Mr. Chaif said, but the owners are keeping mum about that lineup until the pub opens.

Hops purchased from local farmers will be fermented in tanks to produce the beer. About a dozen international craft brews also will be featured.

“We’re still tweaking recipes, and I think we’ll have some interesting stuff,” Mr. Chaif said.

A mathematical term inspired the pub’s name, he said. Two nonparallel lines in space are called “skewed lines” in geometry.

Owners financed the project with a $50,000 loan from the Jefferson County Industrial Development Agency and a $500,000 loan from Watertown Savings Bank.

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