The landlord of CB Craft Brewers’ Rochester, New York, property sought more than $73,000 from the brewery, including unpaid lease payments, according to court records cited by the Democrat & Chronicle. A warrant of eviction was issued to the company two weeks ago.
CB Craft Brewers, citing declining sales, announced last month it was closing its doors on September 1st. Owner Mike Alcorn told the outlet that the issue didn’t influence the brewery’s closing, and he has been trying to sell the brewery for three years.
“Really, I was ready to move on,” he told the outlet. “I had been trying to sell. It’s not anything to do with my business. It has to do with business conditions.”
Property owner David Dworkin told Democrat & Chronicle that he is looking to fill the space with “someone similar to Custom Brewcrafters, something that’s a destination that will help us develop what’s around it.”
About CB Craft Brewers
Twenty years ago, craft beer was not terminology known to most Western New Yorkers. In 1991 Mike Alcorn moved to Rochester from Southern California to help Kodak pursue a new digital imaging focus. Interestingly enough, Mike was here in Rochester to start a totally different revolution, one focused on beer rather than pixels. In 1997 Mike left Kodak and forever changed the landscape of craft beer in Western New York. Disappointed by the lack of quality craft beer in the area, Mike decided to open a brewery in Honeoye Falls, New York and brew private label beers for area bars and restaurants. He named the brewery Custom BrewCrafters to reflect the company’s core business model of brewing private label beer. Examples include Jeremiah’s Frog Grog and Hogan’s Park Ave Ale. A small tasting room was built to give customers the opportunity to sample the private label brews and take home filled growlers. Within a few years, the overwhelming success of the business allowed Mike to brew a few craft beers under their own brand “CB” and sell them to select retail markets and draft accounts in Rochester, New York.