Lasting Joy Brewery, with its One-Of-A-Kind Design, to Open Mid-May
TIVOLI — The Hudson Valley is set to welcome a new, one-of-a-kind brewery and tasting room this spring to the bucolic town of Tivoli, NY. Lasting Joy Brewery, founded by longtime brewer Alex Wenner, is situated on a scenic pastoral road dotted by active farms growing some of the Hudson Valley’s iconic agrarian offerings, providing the perfect retreat for locals and city dwellers alike. Opening in May, Lasting Joy will offer a core lineup of four year-round beers, a rotating selection of seasonal releases, as well as wine, cider, spirits, and food from neighboring producers. The dream of high school sweethearts Alex and Emily Wenner — who share a passion for beer and hospitality — realized, visitors of all ages and abilities (accessible seating is provided), as well as their pets, are welcome at this new brewery, slated for its grand opening in mid-May.
“My favorite things are my family, and beer and brewing, Over the years as Emily and I have become parents of four, I’ve always been on the hunt for a place where I can enjoy both at the same time. At Lasting Joy we’re aiming for a quality of product that will satisfy the most discerning beer lover, paired with a hospitality experience that will entice their friends and family to stay and linger for the afternoon.” – Alex Wenner.
The tasting room is an open pavilion set on 31 acres, at the edge of an agricultural field and against the backdrop of dense woodland. Conceived as a space without walls, the uplifting roofline and fully glazed enclosure flood the space with natural light. Much like the weathered farm equipment that once cultivated this field, the building’s exterior is clad in steel that ages over time and offers a rugged contrast to the warm interior space that is defined by its natural timber frame and expansive views. Next door, the existing barn has been repurposed into the brewery and offices, with glass roll-up doors in the brewery allowing guests to experience the beer-making process. With a central hexagonal floating bar featuring 12 taps, the room seats 60 with standing room for 99. Drivers will find electric vehicle charging stations in the parking lot and tasting room will reduce waste by avoiding plastic and using biodegradable utensils and sustainable cleaning products.
“Everyone needs a rest and to feel welcome right now, We hope that Lasting Joy will be a place where our guests can get a reprieve from today’s difficulties and savor the things that bring them joy in their lives.” – Emily Wenner.
Alex and Emily chose the name for the brewery when reflecting on their goals for raising their children and opening a business together. Knowing that the process would be marked by all of life’s typical highs and lows, they resolved to keep their focus on the joys that endure even through rocky times. The name has become especially fitting as they have inched toward opening amidst the backdrop of the pandemic. Lasting Joy is led by Katherine Telesca, an area native who brings her expertise in hospitality management and craft beer to the team, and Matt Brown, a new resident of Red Hook who has launched and led multiple organizations in the last two decades.