Uncle, nephew excited to embark on brewery project

Photo by Katrina Fuller: Big Inlet Brewing will be owned and operated by Randy Henderson and his nephew, Brent Henderson. The farm-based brewery will be located in Mayville.

MAYVILLE — A new brewery in Mayville will be a family project after an uncle and nephew decided to take a leap into craft brewing.

Randy Henderson and his nephew, Brent Henderson, are opening Big Inlet Brewing, which will be located at 6169 Elm Flats Road in Mayville. The duo have been talking about the idea for quite some time, and decided to take the plunge this year.

Randy said he and his nephew have a special bond and are excited for the opportunity to work together on the project. They are hoping to open the brewery in spring or early summer in 2018. He said there is still a lot of work to be done, including filing the adequate paperwork with local municipalities, as well as renovations.

Randy said he is retiring in December from his career as an IT sales consultant to focus on this project.

“It’s been a dream of mine and my nephew’s,” he said.

Randy, a Chautauqua County native, said they chose Mayville because of the “credible tourist traffic” in the area in both the summer for the lake and in the winter for snowmobiling and other winter-based activities.

The facility will include a 3,400-square-foot barn that sits on 25 acres, and will later include an outdoor area and a tasting room.

Likewise, Henderson said having the brewery in Mayville is optimal because there aren’t any similar businesses in that area.

“This is a good location for one,” Henderson said.

Randy said he has studied the craft brewing industry for many years and had an interest in it “before it became popular,” he said. Michael Starks, head brewer for the up and coming brewery, was previously an acquaintance of Henderson for many years. He said he discovered Starks was “quite the brewer,” and things fell into place after that.

Randy said he is excited to see the project come to fruition and take in the response from customers when the time comes. He said the primary emphasis at first will be on the tasting room and bar area, with beer being sold in crowlers, a can-version of a growler, and growlers. Kegs of beer will also be available, and in the future, there may be some limited runs of canned beer or bottled beer, but the goal is not to become a big distribution operation, he said.

The company will have a state farm brewery licence which will require the use of New York state produced products such as hops, barley and other items.

“We plan on having a relaxed and fun atmosphere with beautiful outdoor views and high-quality, small-batch beers,” Randy said.

For updates and to find out more keep an eye on their Facebook page under Big Inlet Brewing.