POINT PLEASANT BEACH — A new brewery and tasting room developed by Don Slaght and Darryl Monticello will be coming to the former Point Bay Fuel property.
The brewery, its name to be determined, will be constructed on the property located at 334 Hawthorne Ave. [Route 35 north], adjacent to the train station parking lot.
“We thought that was just an iconic spot for it. It’s been an ugly site. We thought it would be a perfect location for a brewery,” said Mr. Monticello, noting that the brewery is expected to open within the next year.
Although ground hasn’t been broken on the project yet, the owners are full steam ahead in the process of meeting with structural engineers and an architect to discuss key elements of the building’s design.
The brewery’s site holds historical significance because part of the building was originally a horse barn, built over 100 years ago, the last existing horse barn structure in the municipality.
The barn’s ceiling will be used in the new structure, becoming the focal point of the tasting room.
A clock tower atop a portion of the building also will be saved during the building’s construction and relocated afterward.
“We’re going to try to keep the original clocks and mechanisms as best as we can,” said Mr. Monticello.
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