Paradox Brewery Founder: "I'm a Dreamer"

 Paradox Brewery President and Founder Paul Mrocka, third from left 

Paradox Brewery President and Founder Paul Mrocka, third from left 

A cold, blustery and overcast early spring morning may go down in the history books of the North Country as the day a ground breaking ceremony changed the economic fortunes of an area that has lost too many jobs over the decades. In less than two years the  $5.2 million  Paradox Brew House and Brew Pub  -- at site of the former Frontier Town in North Hudson  -- will be open for business.

A crowd of around 40 -- including North Hudson Supervisor Ron Moore, who played a significant role in helping Paradox Brewery secure the site -- as well as many government officials, were on hand for the ceremonial digging of the dirt with gold colored shovels.

Brewery founder Paul Mrocka hopes to have the first bulldozers on the site next week.

"I am a dreamer. Little did I know how much work it would take to get into this project," Paul said.

"Business in the North Country is a risk, but look around here. I just couldn't imagine a nicer place to put a brewery," Paul said, as he looked behind him at the grand view of the High Peaks. You can watch his full interview below.

You can read the history of how this historic day came about and what will also be featured at the site here, here and here.

Paul says Paradox will invest $5.2 million into the new facility, which includes construction, machinery and equipment, and the installation of a new waste treatment system.

The Empire State Development Fund is providing $200,000 through a North Country Regional Economic Development Council grant, and $300,000 in performance-based Excelsior Jobs Program tax credits for the creation of 22 jobs.

Additionally, the Development Authority of the North Country is providing Essex County $500,000 through the North Country Redevelopment Fund for demolition at the Frontier Town site. The rest of the funds came from investors and a bank loan.

 Artist' rendering of the new brewery at north hudson

Artist' rendering of the new brewery at north hudson

Ground Breaking Day For North Hudson Wednesday

 Paradox Brewery President Paul Mrocka with a handful of recent awards for his beer

Paradox Brewery President Paul Mrocka with a handful of recent awards for his beer

The media spotlight  — and hopefully the sun — will shine brightly today on  the old Frontier Town site as the President of Paradox Brewery, Paul Mrocka, breaks ground on his new $5 million plus brew house and brew pub.

On hand for the 11 am ceremony will be Paradox cofounder Joan Mrocka, North Hudson town leaders, a scad of local politicians and many New York State officials. They will be joined as well by several investors.

The deal has been in the works for almost two years. It is part of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s vision to make the old western theme park site a gateway to the region’s High Peaks area.

Paradox Brewery will be the main anchor, which will also feature an equestrian center, horse and snow mobile trails, with cabins and tent sites for camping. New York State officials are also hoping to attract a hotel to the location, sources tell Schroon Laker.

This is a developing story which we will continue to update.