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Progress on tap for historic Hulbert House

Megan Plete Postol
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Posted 7/5/22

Woodland Farm Brewery owners Keith and Katie Redhead, of Ava, have wanted to add a second taproom since they underwent an extensive expansion of their current business location ...

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Progress on tap for historic Hulbert House

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BOONVILLE — Woodland Farm Brewery owners Keith and Katie Redhead, of Ava, have wanted to add a second taproom since they underwent an extensive expansion of their current business location in early 2020.

Then the pandemic hit and those plans were put on hold.

“We have always had our eyes on this building as a really cool spot that would be perfect for another small taproom,” Keith Redhead, owner and brewer, said. “We pumped the brakes with Covid, but after most of that had subsided we are now looking to start that process in Boonville.”

Now plans for the new tap room at the Hulbert House have shifted into full gear and renovations have begun. Redhead has taken care to preserve as much as the original historic details he can.

The exposed brick wall and wood floor will remain, as will the paintings that have hung in the space for decades.

Even the mounted moose and deer heads will be hung back on the wall. They are even in the process of searching for the round bar that became synonymous with the Hulbert House tavern.

“Our plan is to replicate the original layout of the tavern,” Redhead said. “This building has so much history. It was built in 1812. We are doing our best to preserve what the Hulbert House was for 200 years. We want to bring it back to the way it was.”

The taproom will serve beers brewed at the Woodland Farm Brewery in Marcy in addition to New York State hard ciders, wines, and cocktails with state distilled spirits. The kitchen and beer menu will be similar to what they serve at their original location and will include burgers, sandwiches, wraps, flatbread pizzas, and more. They expect to be hiring bartender and kitchen positions in the coming months. Redhead anticipates being open from Tuesday through Sunday with a closing time of 9 p.m.

At this point there is no hard opening date set but they aim to open in late summer or early autumn.

Redhead has a vision for the place. He anticipates having tables and chairs on the porch filled with people relaxing in the open air. He looks forward to once again, hearing laughter reverberate off the brick and wood as laughter fills the inside the Hulbert House.

“Every time we drove past this place, we thought what better place to have a tap room,” Redhead said. “Our vision is a casual, family-friendly place to sip good beer and enjoy Boonville.”

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