Troy Baptist church closer to becoming brew pub

May 17, 2017 11:05 AM

TROY -- Every time Louis Emory drove by the for-sale sign out front of the Mount Ida Community Baptist Church, he says it was like something was calling out to him.

"This building, I would drive and I kept seeing the sign. I saw it right there. I just felt it was the universe's way of telling us, we should jump into this," said Emory.  "Most breweries you're going to, they have an industrial feel, we wanted something more warm and welcoming."

Louis and his brother Robert Emory, currently with jobs in marketing and healthcare, respectively, bought the more than 100-year-old brick building from the congregation and are planning to turn it into a seven barrel brewery. They hope to eventually have two kitchens. One of them would accommodate those with food allergies.  

The old church on the corner of Congress Street and Brunswick Ave would be called Collar City Brewing.

"Couple ales, couple lagers, couple wee heavies, we're working at some pretty unique stuff," said Robert Emory.

The sale has not yet been finalized, so WNYT was not allowed inside the building on Tuesday. The brothers say there's a lot of work to be done inside, but they're keeping some of the major fixtures of the baptist church.  

Louis says the stained glass windows, the organ, the bell tower, and possibly the pews will stay. Architectural renderings show the brew house they plan to build.

The Emorys say they still have to get approval from the planning board and acquire a liquor license. But they say the city has been very helpful.

"Everyone's been mostly for it, the biggest concern has been parking," said Robert Emory.

The Emorys secured a variance on the parking issue. They needed one because of the small number of spots in the parking lot.

Pawling Park will remain in place.  

The food pantry, which was renting basement space from the church, is still looking for a new home. But volunteers cleaning out on Tuesday told us the Emorys have been helpful.

The brothers hope to begin construction this summer and open within the next year.  

There's an old church turned brew pub in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and also Lake Placid.  


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