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RELEASE: Eisenadler Brauhaus Opens First Brewery In Montgomery County

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Family-Run Brewery Will Focus On Bavarian Style Beers, Bringing Tourism To Area

FONDA – Eisenadler Brauhaus officially cut the ribbon on the first brewery located in Montgomery County, on Wednesday. Eisenadler Brauhaus, which is located on Route 5, in the Village of Nelliston, will specialize in Bavarian-style beers. The brewery will open to the public on Friday, Aug. 13, with a Grand Opening in the works for the fall.

“This is a great announcement for Montgomery County,” County Executive Matthew L. Ossenfort said. “Microbreweries have become key economic drivers and provide employment opportunities, in addition to being attractions and tourist destinations. We’ve seen across the state that local craft breweries tend to provide a positive ripple effect to the local economy and it’s great to see that beginning here at home.”

Eisenadler Brauhaus, located at 88 E. Main Street, in Nelliston, will be Montgomery County’s first brewery to produce handcrafted microbrews, with a specialization in Bavarian-style beers. The inspiration for the brewery’s name and theme come from co-owner Jodie Rodriquez, who lived in Germany for a few years, while she was growing up.

“We’d like Eisenadler Brauhaus to become a tourist destination,” said Jodie Rodriquez. “One of our goals is to bring tourism to the area, while also providing a new attraction for our local residents. It’s been great working with the county and the Business Development Center. We first met with Director Ken Rose and his team, three years ago, with an idea and a dream to create this brewery, and with Eisenadler Brauhaus opening, it’s now become a reality.”

Jodie and her daughter, co-owner Jessica Rodriquez, first met with county officials in 2018, with the goal of opening a microbrewery. The Business Development Center assisted in the submission of a Consolidated Funding Application (CFA), in 2018, which was awarded by New York State Empire State Development.

“Jodie, Jessica and the rest of the Rodriquez family have done a great job retrofitting their building, which was home to a previous business, to suit an exciting new venture,” said Montgomery County Business Development Center CEO Ken Rose said. “This is a good project that will produce jobs, expand the tax base, and has the real potential to draw people to the area.”

The County Legislature and Industrial Development Agency (IDA) approved a loan to Eisenadler Brauhaus, through the Revolving Loan Fund, to purchase equipment, including the fermentation tanks.

Eisenadler Brauhaus cut their ribbon at its microbrewery in Nelliston, on Wednesday, Aug. 11. Co-owner Jodie Rodriquez cuts the ribbon. From L-R (Economic Development Specialist Vincenzo Nicosia, Kaylee May, representative from State Senator Michelle Hinchey’s office, Fulton Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce Tourism Director Anne Boles, Jodie Rodriquez, Nelliston Mayor Debbie Gros and Montgomery County Business Development Director Ken Rose.

“This project is an exciting one for Montgomery County,” Legislative Chairman Michael J. Pepe (District 7) said. “Craft breweries are helping to revive communities by providing job opportunities and bringing people out to spend money, which helps spur the local economy. It’s great to see this project come to fruition.”

Eisenadler’s microbrewery license will allow them to brew beer, sell to wholesalers, retailers, as well as sell their beer and conduct tastings at the brewery location.

“This is a tremendous project,” IDA Chairman Matt Beck said. “Getting to know Jodie and Jessica throughout this process and learning about their business plan, I am excited to see Eisenadler Brauhaus officially open and looking forward to their future success.”

For more information about Eisenadler Brauhaus, visit their website at or Facebook Page at The owners can be reached by email at


Montgomery County Business Development Center (MCBDC) provides professional economic development assistance to businesses interested in expanding or relocating to Montgomery County. It offers real estate solutions, financial assistance and incentives, as well as business development and technical assistance. MCBDC acts as the county’s Department of Economic Development, & Planning, the Industrial Development Agency, and Capital Resource Corporation. To learn more visit

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