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Skygazer, a new brewery nearing completion on Triano Drive in Southington, Thurs. Dec. 6, 2018. Brewery owners Taylor Pilewski of Wallingford and Erik Tynik of Bristol said they’ll focus on brewing and have a small tasting area rather than attempt the brew pub business model. Dave Zajac, Record-Journal

Southington brewery pauses operations

Southington brewery pauses operations

Southington brewery pauses operations

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SOUTHINGTON — A Triano Drive brewery is taking a break from making beer while undergoing an ownership and name change.

The two founding partners of Skygazer Brewing — Taylor Pilewski, of Wallingford, and Erik Tynik, of Bristol — have parted ways.

On Tuesday, Tynik got approval from the Zoning Board of Appeals to have the alcohol sales permit transferred to his name only. He’ll be running the brewery as Transcend.

Tynik didn’t return calls for comment.

The brewery offers small batch brews and sells cans at the Triano Drive location. A post on the company’s Facebook page from June 19 said production would be halted “briefly.”

“Part of our challenge has always been making enough beer to meet demand in a way that could be sustained by our team,” the company wrote. “We have options in the pipeline for how we plan to move Skygazer forward, options that would allow Skygazer to produce much higher volumes of beer, meeting the demand of our customers and in ways that are more easily scalable and sustainable on our extremely small team.”

Before the pandemic, the brewery had been selling beer on Thursdays and Saturdays. It transitioned to online only sales with pickup at the Triano Drive location more recently.

Alicia Novi, chairwoman of the zoning appeals board, said Tynik’s reapproval includes being able to open from Thursday to Sunday. He told board members that the brewery might add Friday to its lineup.

“He’s got permission to be open more days than he is,” Novi said.

Andy Meade owns the building at 36 Triano Drive, which houses the brewery along with other businesses. He said there would be a “little lull” in beer production while Tynik transitioned the name and ownership to himself.

“He’s the one who’s made the beer all these years,” Meade said.

The brewery had been popular with craft beer aficionados, according to Meade.

“They’re doing quite well. He usually sells out every Saturday,” he said.

Skygazer, the third brewery in town, opened last year.

Witchdoctor Brewing Co. is located at 168 Center St. and Kinsmen Brewing Co. operates in the former Clark Brothers Bolt factory building at 409 Canal St.

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We wanted to take a moment to provide an update to our customers on things happening at Skygazer and briefly talk about efforts currently underway for things to come. . Brewing weekly out of Skygazer and facilitating can sales and orders for our customers comes with many challenges. . One of those challenges is the size of our brewhouse, our team and the size of our space altogether. If you've been to our brewery, you know what we mean. 🙂 . Part of our challenge has always been making enough beer to meet demand in a way that could be sustained by our team. . We have options in the pipeline for how we plan to move Skygazer forward. Options that would allow Skygazer to produce much higher volumes of beer, meeting the demand of our customers and in ways that are more easily scalable and sustainable on our extremely small team. . But, we will not be able to pursue these options and achieve our goal of making more beer for you if we continue spending all of our time just trying to produce the small amounts of beer that we have been. . So, we’ve decided to take a relatively brief pause, so we can focus on making bigger things happen. . What does this mean for now? It means we will not be doing releases in the coming weeks (and possibly months) from the brewery. We hate doing this and we will miss all of you very much! (We already do ❤️). . But we WILL be back and we’re very excited for you to see where we take things. . We also have some exciting collaboration projects we’re working on that that we can’t wait to share with you. . Thank you for all your support and backing over the past year! We could not have done it without your ongoing patronage, encouragement and backing! . We are happy to answer any questions in the comments section. . Cheers!!!!! 🍻🙏🚀 Skygazer Team

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