Fiddlehead Brewing Co. signed a lease for a 9,640-foot space with Shelburne Green Space.
The announcement was posted Nov. 12 on the Vermont Artisan Village’s Facebook page, saying “Great news is brewing…cheers to Vermont beer!” and on VT Beer, a Vermont beer information portal. Despite this public announcement, Macy Mullican, managing member of the Vermont Food Project, sent an email to The Shelburne News declining to comment on the lease, only saying that she would discuss it further in January. Located on US 7, Vermont Artisan’s Village is located at Shelburne Green South and is a working community of artisans and food producers aiming to be one of the top food and tourist destinations in the Green Mountain State.
Vermont Fiddlehead Brewing Co. is owned by Matthew Cohen, who has worked in the brewing industry for more than a dozen years. Cohen also declined to comment about the lease agreement. The business is currently located at 6305 Shelburne Rd.
Breweries are experiencing a boom in Vermont, and local beer is in high demand. At the same time as the Fiddlehead announcement, 1st Republic Brewing Co. leased a space at 39 River Rd. in Essex Junction for a brewery, tastings and retail sales of home brewing equipment, according to information on the VT Beer web site. That business is currently located in Fairfax.