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Big Beer Tanks Being Hauled To NY Brewery Via Erie Canal


The first of a dozen massive fermentation tanks destined for a Rochester brewery has started its westward journey aboard a barge on the Erie Canal.

The 20-foot-by-60-foot tanks were manufactured in China. They arrived earlier this month at the Port of Albany, where they were placed on barges. They're too large to transport long distance by truck or rail, so they're being hauled the 225 miles to Rochester via canal. A barge with the first three tanks passed through the locks at the canal's eastern end at Waterford Friday.

Last week's original departure date was delayed because of high water levels caused by recent heavy rain.

The tanks are headed to the Genesee Brewing Co. in downtown Rochester, which is undergoing a $40 million expansion project.

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Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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