Fleur De Lis Brew Works, just outside Seneca Falls, is a true farm brewery. (May 18, 2017)
Seneca County’s newest craft brewery is both a nod to a family’s past and its future.
Fleur De Lis Brew Works, located just south of Seneca Falls, is situated on 15 acres of farmland. The farm brewery at 3630 Route 414 is right down the street from the family’s 350-acre beef cattle farm.
“To keep the family farm going, we’re doing a different type of agriculture,” said co-founder Craig Partee of Seneca County’s seventh brewery. “The farm where the brewery is, it’s my grandparent’s first farm.”
The farm brewery, which celebrates its grand opening this weekend, is a collaborative effort between four members of the Partee family: Brothers Craig, 46, and Jon Paul, 43, and their wives, Jennifer, 43, and Beth, 43. Brewery planning started early last year.
“Without the partnership, we wouldn’t be able to make it successful,” Beth said.
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Each member of the family has a different responsibility. Jon Paul is brewing; Beth is running the tasting room (which they’ve named a “beer parlour”); Jennifer is taking care of media and marketing; Craig will handle grounds, maintenance, and outside sales.
The brewery, like the family name, features a distinct French influence. The logo and name come from the family’s French heritage. The fleur de lis is part of the family seal and it was updated to included hops and barley.