A fast-growing craft brewing company is preparing to launch its new operation in Binghamton.

"Downtown by Beer Tree" is expected to open within the next few weeks. Beer Tree Brew owners Brendan Harder and Chris Rhoades say they hope the taproom in the 20 Hawley Street complex can start operating by the end of the month.

The company signed a lease for the 4,000-square-foot space about two years ago. The business will be located on the west side of the complex with an entrance on Washington Street. The place originally was occupied by a Marine Midland Bank.

The downtown site also will feature what the owners tout as "Binghamton's first rooftop beer garden." The 3,000-square-foot elevated deck will be above the taproom.

The Beer Tree Brew logo on the wall of the future Binghamton taproom. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)
The Beer Tree Brew logo on the wall of the future Binghamton taproom. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)
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Harder said seating for 115 people will be available indoors, along with seating for 100 on an outdoor patio and 100 on the rooftop.

Outdoor seating will be available with the arrival of warmer weather, probably around the end of May.

Beer Tree Brew opened its original taproom and production facility in Port Crane in October 2017. The company launched a two-level restaurant and brewing operation three years later in space once occupied by a Sears store at the Oakdale Mall in Johnson City.

In discussing the new downtown site, Harder said "we took it to the next level."

Beer Tree plans to employ about 35 people at the Binghamton location. Harder said there's been "a good turnout" at recent hiring events in preparation for the opening.

Beer Tree Brew opened a restaurant and production operation at the Oakdale Mall in Johnson City in 2020. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)
Beer Tree Brew opened a restaurant and production operation at the Oakdale Mall in Johnson City in 2020. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)
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