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Turning water into beer: Old waterworks could be Tallahassee’s next craft brewery

from Tallahassee Democrat

ABV Rendering of Old City Waterworks at Cascades

By TaMaryn Waters

Four families want to transform the city’s old graffiti-tagged waterworks into a neighborhood craft brewery in downtown Tallahassee. 

It’s an L-shaped eyesore now, a far cry from being the city’s first water system in the 17th century when Tallahassee relied on wells and cisterns. Located at Gaines and Gadsden streets, the site hasn’t pumped water since 1958. 

The 1-acre patch with five buildings had been deserted for two decades until the city sold it to North American Properties in 2018. NAP, the Cincinnati-based developer that built the AC by Marriott Hotel and Millstream at Cascades Apartments, used the site for parking and storage to finish the nearby redevelopment at Cascades. 

Yet, the site and its unique buildings were meant to be more than storage and parking. Soon, NAP is slated to sell it so it can once again serve Tallahassee. 

This time, it may make history along the way as Amicus Brewing Ventures — an all female-owned brewing company — takes over and pours something new into something old. (Craft beer fans will also note the company’s initials are “ABV,” which also stands for alcohol by volume, used to measure the alcohol content of beer.)

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