1. New Chicopee microbrewers hoping to open business in old brewery building

    New Chicopee microbrewers hoping to open business in old brewery building

    Two friends who make beer at home are now planning to open a brewery in a warehouse that was, well, an old brewery. Patrick Randall and Jeff Thibodeau, both of South Hadley, are working to open a microbrewery on North Chicopee Street, which would be the first of its kind in Chicopee since the historic Hampden Brewery closed in the 1970s. The two have perfected their beer recipes and brewing techniques in one of their homes and are now planning to open a brewery with tap room to be called Leadfoot Brewery. They have been searching for an appropriate building ...

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    1. We will specialize in lagers and pilsners.
    2. We are going to start out small. We purchased the equipment and we are in the engineering and design phase.
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