ITHACA, N.Y. — A ribbon cutting on Ithaca’s West End Wednesday night ended with the clinking of bar glasses as Mayor Svante Myrick, on behalf of the Chamber of Commerce, officially welcomed the new brew pub Liquid State Brewing Company to the community.

Owners Jamey Tielens and Ben Brotman officially opened Liquid State on Oct. 25 at 620 W. Green St., with the bar now boasting four house brewed beers and featuring guest cider and wines from the local area.

Mayor Svante Myrick said, “This is the kind of business that mercifully we don’t need to say too much about. It sort of speaks for itself. What you could  ever say enough is the spirit, the energy, the dedication it takes to be an entrepreneur — what it takes to take that bold step, take a chance, step away from the jobs that you have, and invest.”

Tielens said he and Brotman met while working at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and eventually got to talking about wanting to open a brewery,

“We wanted to be in the Ithaca community,” he said.

And now that the brew pub is open, he said their goal is to brew 1,000 barrels of beer during their first year of business using their 17-barrel system. That equates to exactly 248,000 pints of beer.

So if you’re thirsty and want to drink beer while playing Skee-Ball, Street Fighter or fiddling with board games, you can stop by Liquid State Brewing Company. Their hours are as follows:

Monday – Wednesday: 4 – 10 p.m.

Thursday: 4 – 11 p.m.

Friday: 2 – 11 p.m.

Saturday: noon- 11 p.m.

Sunday: noon – 8 p.m.

Jolene Almendarez is Managing Editor at The Ithaca Voice. She can be reached at; you can learn more about her at the links in the top right of this box.