Brew News from Paradox: Grants and Jobs

Paul Mrocka meeting David Garab, Regional Sales Manager at CFT Packaging USA in front of the new canning line, on its to the North Country.

Paul Mrocka meeting David Garab, Regional Sales Manager at CFT Packaging USA in front of the new canning line, on its to the North Country.

Paradox Brewery was recently recognized for its efforts to bring new jobs to our area with a grant for a new canning line from the Essex County Industrial Development Agency (IDA).

The Italian made line will soon be installed at Paradox’s new brewery and tasting room in North Hudson, Paradox President Paul Mrocka told told Schroon Laker today.

“I can’t thank enough the efforts of Jody Olcott and Carol Calabrese from the IDA who helped with the grant. They see our commitment to bringing jobs to Essex County and have embraced our vision. They have been invaluable in their support.”

The IDA began working with Paradox in 2017. The IDA devotes a significant amount of time reaching out to existing Essex County businesses (as most of the economic growth comes from existing businesses) to ensure they are aware of the multiple services available through the IDA as well as their partnering agencies.

We caught up with Paul after he returned from Denver, where he attended the biggest craft-brewing conference and trade show in the United States.

Paul and Paradox brewer Dalton Wilson were part of the 14,000 plus brewing-industry pros from around the world in attendance.

“Dalton, aka ‘Quattro’, is a prime example of how Paradox is offering jobs to locals. Dalton, is from Pottersville. He started washing tanks and doing all of the entry level jobs. He worked his way up to brewer and is now a full-time employee”.

Dalton “Quattro’ Wilson debut beer was   Peaches N’ Cream.

Dalton “Quattro’ Wilson debut beer was Peaches N’ Cream.

Paul and Dalton took advantage of all the annual Craft Brewers Conference had to offer: panels, lectures, seminars and a massive trade show with 1,000 vendors, from hops growers to manufacturers to software makers.

At the conference Paul got a first-hand look at the canning line from CFT in Italy that will soon be on its way to the North Country.

“It’s an amazing high-tech piece of machinery. It can 100, 16 ounce can per minute. Our current system does 35 cans a minute.”

Paul also met with reps from GEA, the German manufacturer of Paradox’s new brewhouse. Engineers for Germany will be in North Hudson for the install.

Weather and construction delays have pushed back the new brewery’s opening date, but it will be up and running sometime this summer, Paul said.


Batman In Schroon Lake

Multiple sightings of the Caped Crusader Around Town  


Our spies tell us that the one and only caped crusader - sans mask - but sporting a beard, was spotted around town this past weekend.

Schroon’s Batman does things a little differently: Robin has been replaced by three different sidekicks, ventriloquist dolls including Carmen, pictured above.

Batman does indeed drive a Batmobile, a modified black Ford Mustang, complete with Batman logos on the hub caps.

When Batman visits Schroon his usual MO is the following: a quick pit stop on Friday night at the Jersey Tasting room of Paradox Brewery, where one of the dolls comes out, telling a few bawdy jokes.

On Saturday he’s out patrolling Main Street before a couple of sets showing off his ventriloquism skills at Timberwolf’s Karaoke night.

Schroon Laker has learned that Batman does have an Alfred, who goes by the nom de plume, Jack.

Have you spotted Batman? Tell us in comments.

A Schroon Laker Honored for Her Service to Our Country: Congrats Ashley Whitty


A huge hat tip to one of Schroon Lake’s finest: Ashley Whitty has been recognized for her contributions to the Military and Law Enforcement by Assemblyman D. Bill Jones. Congrats to Ashley and her proud parents Tracey and Dave and sister Melinda. Ashley, thank you for your service.

The award was presented today at the Women of Distinction Award ceremony at the Clinton Community College in Plattsburgh.

From Assemblyman D. Billy Jones:

“Ashley Whitty has dedicated her time and skills to protecting our country and community. She serves as both a trooper for the New York State Police in Plattsburgh and a member of the Vermont Air National Guard, where she works as a staff sergeant and F-16 fuel systems specialist. For the past nine years she has consistently displayed her dedication to national defense and has been deployed overseas. Ashley obtained her bachelor’s degree in criminal justice in 2015 through SUNY Canton. She completed Basic School of the New York State Police Academy in 2018. In each of her invaluable leadership roles, Ashley is known for her outstanding professionalism and she continues to show her tireless commitment to protecting others”.

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