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‘Nano Brewery’ Could Get a Chance in Seaside Heights

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Heavy Ree; Brewing Company (Photo: Daniel Nee)
Heavy Ree; Brewing Company (Photo: Daniel Nee)

A young entrepreneur who proposed a nano-brewery to a skeptical planning board in Seaside Park has found a more welcoming atmosphere in Seaside Heights.

The borough council this week voted to allow microbreweries and distilleries in the Boulveard business zone as part of a revitalization effort being undertaken there.

“In talking to the council, everyone seems to be very excited about it,” said Christopher Vaz, borough administrator. “We think it could really help the Boulevard and maybe even help attract a couple more of those businesses.”

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Last month, the Heavy Reel Brewing Company was proposed by 29-year-old Jeffrey Greco, a teacher and former member of the United States Coast Guard, in neighboring Seaside Park. Greco’s application before the board, which included a small brewery – larger than a kitchen brewery but smaller than a traditional microbrewery – was proposed for Central Avenue. But he faced resistance from board members and neighbors, who feared his business would bring too many customers to the town.

Among his detractors was borough councilman Michael Tierney, who said he lives near the proposed storefront.

“You could be the biggest attraction ever to come down to Seaside, and that would be bad for us,” said Tierney.

Heavy Ree; Brewing Company (Photo: Daniel Nee)
Heavy Ree; Brewing Company (Photo: Daniel Nee)
Heavy Ree; Brewing Company (Photo: Daniel Nee)
Heavy Ree; Brewing Company (Photo: Daniel Nee)

After the meeting was adjourned in Seaside Park, a connection was made between Greco and Seaside Heights officials, who believe a craft brewery would be a benefit to the Boulevard business district, which is in the midst of a large-scale redevelopment project.

The council voted unanimously to introduce the zoning changes needed to allow craft breweries and distilleries along the Boulevard. The measure requires a second vote before it is finally enacted into law.

 

 

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  • Mac

    In what could be ‘the biggest attraction to ever come down to Seaside,” the impossible happened, and Vas came out on top for once. How embarrassing for Tierney. and his supersized pompous ego, for sure. One question though for Tierney: How come in the normal flow of developments, no one ever comes up to Seaside? Such seems to be a constant state of mind for those in Seasides’ public relations activities.

  • Barry Dugac

    Daniel Nee am I understanding this right, That the brewery is a beer brewery coming to
    Seaside Heights! That would be a big change on the boulevard.

    • Hi Barry – Yes, it would be what the owner considers a “nano brewery,” basically a small tap room where he would brew and sell his own beer which would be named for local shipwrecks and nautical themes (the owner served in the US Coast Guard). It would certainly add a very positive flavor the Boulevard along with the new restaurants that are moving in.

  • Barry Dugac

    Daniel Nee Thank You for the information on the brewery.