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Galaxy Brewing Company Two Weeks Away from Grand Opening

(Source: Kate Thornton)

It's been brewing for nearly two years.  In two weeks on August 30th, there will be a new brewpub in downtown Binghamton.

For father/son duo Michael and Seth Weisel, brewing beers is a family matter.

"You can kinda say beer is in my blood," said Seth.

Soon, beer will be flowing through the brew tanks, fulfilling their lifelong goal of owning their own brewery.

"It's just a dream coming true right in front of my eyes," said Michael.

It's been an early two year transformation of the old Phil's Gift Shop on Court Street into what is now the Galaxy Brewing Company.

A lot of emotions come to mind when the father and son think about finally opening their doors to the public.

"There's a lot of excitement, a lot of relief.  Still a lot of stress, but it's all coming together and it's been worth it," said Seth.

"I think right now what you see is the combination of a lot of work by a lot of people," said Michael.

Seth and Michael credit their family and friends for their success like Seth's high school classmate and Executive Chef at the brewpub, Brian Lovesky.

"It's fun.  I get a brand new kitchen, brand new equipment, everything's clean from the start, they're great guys to work for.  They've given me all the tools I need," said Brian.

Lovesky said folks can expect fresh, creative, and really fun food at the brewpub.

The Sous Chef and Head of House are also family friends.

Michael's youngest son, Seth's younger brother, even came up from Washington D.C. to lend a helping hand.

For the Weisels, finally tapping that first keg on August 30th will be the start of a new chapter in their lives, and for Michael a return to one of his own.

Michael promised his family that he'd look more like himself again once the brewery was up and pouring.

"When I serve the first beer, I'm shaving off my beard.  I made that promise a long time ago when this all started," said Michael.


"He has had the beard for a good long time now, so it'll definitely be a change," said Seth.

What's on tap for the future? Michael and Seth said a lot more of what they've started, a bigger brewery with lots of thirsty, hungry, and satisfied customers.

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