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Blue Canoe to close its doors

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Posted: Wednesday, March 6, 2019 5:00 am

As one door closes another opens, and such is the case with one of Titusville’s businesses. The Blue Canoe Brewery will close its doors in the last week of June to make way for Lavery Brewing, of Erie, which will open its second location at the 113 S. Franklin St. space.

Owners Jason and Nicole Lavery have been in business at their Erie location for 10 years, and when they heard about the opportunity in Titusville, they knew they couldn’t say no.

“Having gone to Drake’s Folly Beer Fest for the past eight years, I fell in love with the town,” Jason Lavery said. “When the opportunity came up, we jumped on it right away.”

Jason Lavery, who said he began brewing using a home brew kit gifted to him on his 22nd birthday by Nicole, grew up in the small town of Albion, which is much like Titusville.

He said that while some of the details regarding the new location aren’t quite finalized, some of the brewery’s more familiar staples will make an appearance at the new location.

“We will still have a mug club here just like we do in Erie,” he said. “The Blue Canoe space is actually bigger than our space in Erie. Brunch is definitely part of our plan, (as well as) having that taco night.”

Because the kitchen space in the new Titusville location is much larger than the one Lavery’s currently uses at their Erie location, Jason Lavery anticipates Ashley Sayre De Rivas, the head chef, will be experimenting with some new dishes to produce a more robust menu.

In addition, according to a press release from the Titusville Community Development Agency, the current Erie location offers “a unique atmosphere” with a variety of board and card games available for guests to play as they spend time socializing and catching up. The release said this type of environment will flourish in Titusville, especially during times like the holidays or Oil Festival, when friends and families come back to their hometown to be together.

As for the beers, Jason Lavery said they plan to utilize the current equipment to brew four traditional styles of German lager beers and ship the rest down from Erie to fill the 12 taps.

He said they will officially have the keys on July 1, and hope to do a soft opening on July 13 before opening to the public the following day.

“We’re hoping to close for a couple of weeks to clean, revamp, retrain and make some cosmetic changes, and then we’ll reopen that Friday,” he said.

In terms of employees, he said the would likely need between 12 and 15 people.

“We’re hoping some of the current (Blue Canoe) crew will come on over and work with us,” he said.

According to Laurie Baker, executive director of the Titusville Community Development Agencies, while the Blue Canoe does lease the space and the brewing equipment, she was not able to discuss the reason for their departure.

A statement submitted to The Herald by the Blue Canoe’s management said, “It is with a great deal of sadness that we announced that (Titusville Community Development Agencies), owners of the Towne Square Building on South Franklin Street, have decided not to extend the current contract with The Blue Canoe Brewery, which expires at the end of June. The result will be the permanent closure of The Blue Canoe during the last week of June. We would like to thank Titusville and the surrounding communities that have supported us over the last 10 years.”

Additionally, the statement said any further updates as well as arrangements for a farewell party would be posted to their website and Facebook page.

Despite the summertime closure, a press release from Titusville Community Development Agencies assured that one of the Blue Canoe’s most popular summertime events, Drake’s Folly Beer Fest, will still happen.

Jason Lavery said as long as they got an early jump on the preparations, it should still be possible, and noted that he was familiar with running a beer fest because they run one of their own in Erie.

With a strong base in Erie and Pittsburgh, where their beers are sold, Jason Lavery said that the couple has never aspired to become nationwide sellers, but rather aimed to sell a lot of beer while staying close to home.

“There’s two way to sell beer in America — you go wide, or you go deep,” he said. “Our version has always been go deep. Sell as much beer as possible, as close to home as possible. People know you, and the beer is fresher because it’s not sitting on a shelf for a long time. Utilize what you have here.”

Jason Lavery said the new Titusville location will allow them the opportunity to do just that. With the established loyal customer base, he said he hopes those customers will continue to support them at their new location.

“We focus on quality beer, quality food and quality people, so I think Titusville will be really excited about what we’re going to have out there,” he said. “We’re excited to get it out there and let our people know that we’re going out and about.”

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  • Noahs Bark posted at 7:54 pm on Thu, Mar 7, 2019.

    Noahs Bark Posts: 115

    Sounds like the Blue Canoe has been under water for some time now. I wonder if Lavery will rename it the “Sunken Canoe” or will they just call it “Lavery In The Hills” or “Lavery South”? I’m ok with any of them as long as they have beer I can afford.

  • Jahoba posted at 8:30 am on Wed, Mar 6, 2019.

    Jahoba Posts: 229

    People, please pay your taxes. It is part of being an adult.


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