Milford craft brewery set to double in size

Jerry Candido, left, and Chris Willett are the owners of Milford Point Brewing Co.

Jerry Candido, left, and Chris Willett are the owners of Milford Point Brewing Co.

Milford Point Brewing Co. has received unanimous approval from the city’s Planning and Zoning Board to expand its operations by doubling the size of the brewing company, according to a news release from the company .

The expansion effort takes place less than one year after the brewery’s opening. The co-owners of the business at 230 Woodmont Road, Unit 29B, are Jerry Candido and Chris Willett.

“Receiving approval to expand is a tremendous boon for our business,” Willett said. “Cheers to the Planning and Zoning Board, Mayor Blake, and to our customers in Milford — and beyond — who hopefully will continue to enjoy our locally brewed craft beers in our expanded space.”

The brewery features a small taste room and growler-filling room where customers can sample and buy beer for off-site consumption.

Milford Point Brewing Co. also distributes to more than a dozen local establishments and beyond.

The brewery has added two new fermenters, doubling production capacity, the owners said.

Once construction is complete, the brewery will double in physical size, and feature a new taproom with traditional brewery games for entertainment.

“We’re a local brewery that has always aimed to serve great-tasting craft beer to folks in Milford, and then branch out from there,” Candido said. “The support we’ve received from the community, our customers and business and elected leaders across the city, has been humbling.”

At the recent zoning hearing, several local business leaders and community members testified in favor of the project, the partners said.

Bob Chicoine, a co-owner of the soon-to-be-developed Dockside Brewing Co., a waterfront biergarten and brewpub in the city’s Devon neighborhood, applauded the brewery — and the craft brewing industry — for its positive impact on the city and state, according to the release.

“I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know Jerry and Chris, the owners of the brewery, and am confident that they’ll continue to do great things for the community as the brewery continues to grow, create jobs, and positively impact Milford’s economy,” Chicoine said in the release.

Milford resident Brett Broesder said that along with Tribus, Milford Point Brewing Co. is helping put the city’s craft brewery scene on the map.

“My message is simple: The craft beer industry is booming across Connecticut, and Milford residents will increasingly be able to enjoy homegrown brewpubs if Planning and Zoning Board members approve this job-creating, neighborhood revitalizing proposal from Milford Point Brewing Co.,” Broesder said.