Update: As of March 17, 2015, 6 Degrees of Separation Brewery & Restaurant has met its Kickstarter goal, finishing off its campaign with a total of $11,196.
Local brewer Scott Ryan believes it takes a village to raise a brewery, and his village of choice is Ossining.
The county could get a new addition to its expanding craft beer scene if Ryan’s Kickstarter campaign for 6 Degrees of Separation Brewery & Restaurant reaches its funding goal. If all goes well, it will be located at the Westerly Marina, a hundred-year-old warehouse space on Ossining’s waterfront.
Along with UC Davis Master Brewers grad Ron McKechnie, Ryan aims to open a brewery that will both serve the local community and attract those from beyond the county’s borders.
“I really wanted to involve as many local people as possible, whether it’s people working on the project or people investing in the project,” said Ryan, a 16-year resident of Ossining. He has sourced brewery equipment from Prospero Winery in Pleasantville and plans on giving back to his community further by selling shares to locals.
“We have a whole construction company on board,” said Ryan. “So it’s starting to gain speed.”
Ryan always makes sure credit goes where credit’s due, with several shout-outs to involved people on the 6 Degrees of Separation Facebook and Kickstarter pages. This community ethos carries over to the goals for the restaurant; Ryan said the restaurant would double as a space where local artists can gather and meet with patrons.
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Renderings courtesy of 6 Degrees of Separation Restaurant & Brewery
3D renderings of 6 Degree’s planned exterior and interior designs.
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Scott Ryan (middle) and Ron McKechnie (right) are asking the community to support their planned Ossining restaurant, 6 Degrees of Separation, on Kickstarter.
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Perhaps going hand-in-hand with the nod to local artists, the menu of 6 Degrees has been designed to appeal to a more upscale audience (“good quality food, not pub grub,” according to Ryan). The restaurant plans on using locally-sourced ingredients for a menu that will complement the brewery’s alcoholic concoctions.
“The beer supports the food and the food supports the beer, as long as they’re all good quality,” Ryan added.
Other than promising general high-quality beer, Ryan was hush-hush on the drinks planned for 6 Degrees. He did say that there would be a regular rotation of at least a dozen of their beers on draft to keep things fresh. As of now, they have a 9A IPA and “a lot of fruit beers.”
The idea of crowd-sourcing a brewery is not unprecedented in Westchester: Ryan’s campaign comes shortly after a successful Kickstarter push by Yonkers Brewing Co. that surpassed its goal by more than $5,000.
Learn more about their Kickstarter project in the video below