Milford’s first brewery gets green light by planning and zoning
MILFORD — It’s been a long road for the owners of Tribus Beer Company, but the trio secured another victory towards their plans to bring Milford its first brewpub.
Milford’s Planning and Zoning Board voted Tuesday night to support the Tribus launching as a brewery with a patio and taproom in a 15,040 square-foot warehouse at 100 Raton Dr.
“It’s been an emotional rollercoaster for sure just with the level of uncertainty with everything going into last night, not really knowing if the special exception permit would be approved or not,” said co-owner Sean O’Neill. “We were pretty confident, and you have to stay optimistic in a situation like that.”
The brewery needed to get seven out of 10 votes from the board to gain its approval, but on the night of the hearing only eight board members were present for the decision.
Tribus got the thumbs up with a 7-1 decision that garnered sizable applause from the crowd, according to O’Neill.
The decision to support Tribus setting up shop in Milford came more than a week after more than 500 residents signed a petition in support of the brewery coming to the city.
“The ability to launch Milford’s first job-creating craft brewery is a major win for the city,” Brett Broesder, who started the petition, said in a press release. “Thanks to the Milford Planning and Zoning Board members for their overwhelming support of this project. And, cheers to the folks who are launching this neighborhood revitalization project.”
O’Neill said the approval of their intended business model came as a relief to him and his partners Sebastien D’Agostino and Matthew Weichner.
According to O’Neill, the trio hit their share of bumps along the way when they set out over a year ago to open the brewery in an industrial warehouse on 2.28 acres of land off of Plains Road. Many were due in large part because the guidelines and parameters for a brewery were non-existent in Milford.
“It’s a huge step in the right direction, and it definitely provides us with the clarity on what needs to be done,” O’Neill said.
While there are still some steps left before Tribus can serve the locals and tourists cold lagers and ales, O’Neill said the trio is looking forward to getting the remaining permits for the startup and beginning construction.
The site is located less than five minutes away from I-95, and is in close proximity to the United Indoor Soccer facility and a Motocross track run by the Milford Riders Motorcycle Club.
The brewpub is expected to feature over 25 seats in its taproom with stainless steel tanks, hand-finished furniture, and games.
With the special exception approved, there are plans to have a 1,000 square-foot beer garden with seating, cornhole, and space for food trucks to serve customers.
Tribus Beer Company is slated to open in spring 2018