Big beer tanks being hauled to Rochester brewery via Erie Canal

In this Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015 photo, a man bikes along the Canalway Trail in Niskayuna, N.Y. The Erie Canal was an engineering marvel when it opened in 1825, linking the Hudson River to the Great Lakes and humming with activity that opened up the West. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

WATERFORD, N.Y. (AP) — The first of a dozen massive fermentation tanks destined for a Rochester brewery is about to start a westward journey aboard a barge on the Erie Canal.

The 20-foot-by-60-foot tanks arrived earlier this month at the Port of Albany, where they were placed on barges. A barge with the first three tanks is scheduled to enter the canal’s eastern end at Waterford late Friday morning.

Last week’s original departure date was delayed because of high water levels caused by recent heavy rain.

The tanks were manufactured in China. They’re too large to transport long distance by truck or rail, so they’re being hauled the 225 miles to Rochester via canal.

The tanks are headed to the Genesee Brewing Co. in downtown Rochester. The brewery is undergoing a $40 million expansion project and will use the new tanks for fermentation. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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