SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News) – The Buried Acorn Brewing Company is nestled across the street from the Metropolitan Syracuse Wastewater Treatment Plant. But very seldom does the odor from the sewage waft across the street to the Buried Acorn.
According to the Onondaga County Department of Water Environment Protection, the plant treats wastewater for about 245,000 people. But despite being located so close to the plant, the Buried Acorn is thriving and celebrated its first birthday in July of 2019 and even added outdoor space to encourage patrons to enjoy the Central New York summer weather.
Mitch Bannon, patron of the Buried Acorn, expressed he did not think much of the proximity to a sewage treatment plant.
“I remember hearing it was across the street from a sewage treatment plant,” Bannon said. “Driving up you could definitely smell it, but then when you’re actually on the property, I don’t know if you got used to smell or what it was, but it wasn’t nearly as apparent.”
Sam Kim, owner of Buried Acorn Brewing Company, explained what the sewage plant has done to decrease the odors emitted from the plant, and that wind direction plays a role as well.
“They [Metropolitan Syracuse Wastewater Treatment Plant] put in different digesters, or new digesters, so a lot of the odor is taken care of,” Kim Said. “The prevailing winds for the most part are in the opposite direction.”
Kim added, he is happy with the Buried Acorn’s location and sees a bright future for the area surrounding the Inner Harbor.
“We wanted to be in the Inner Harbor, a big up and coming area of Syracuse,” Kim Said, “It’s nice to be one of the first ones in here.”
What some have seen as a weakness, Kim believes to be a strength for the Buried Acorn.