Exclusive: All You Need To Know About Paradox Brewery’s Big Expansion

Founder Paul Mrocka

Founder Paul Mrocka

Paradox Brewery, the award winning craft brewer based in Schroon Lake, was today named as an anchor business to be part of a New York State development of the old Frontier Town Theme Park.

The brewery’s new purpose built building will be located near a trial head. It will increase their production capacity by thousands of barrels, allowing PDX to expand to new markets.

Paradox Founders Paul and Joan Mrocka, are "beyond excited" being part of the redevelopment of the site.

Co-Founder Joan Mrocka, in a sticky situation at the Brewery

Co-Founder Joan Mrocka, in a sticky situation at the Brewery

“We have been working on this for about six months,” Paul told Schroon Laker today. “We’ve had the support of the state and local government, here in Essex County and the town of North Hudson, where we worked closely with Ron Moore.

Paul said he had been looking to expand in Schroon Lake, but was having trouble locating just the right property, until this opportunity came along.

"To be part of the new hub for outdoor adventures, the trails and campgrounds, the equestrian element, it was a perfect fit”.

Paul said there were no immediate plans to close the original brewery and tasting room in Schroon Lake on Route 9.

Devon Hamilton  (middle)    Thomas Formicola  ,  and   James DeWaard  . Missing is Dalton Wilson.

Devon Hamilton (middle) Thomas Formicola,  and James DeWaard. Missing is Dalton Wilson.

The new facility will feature a new brew house, restaurant and a bar, with sweeping views of the High Peaks.

“We want visitors to experience the high peaks from a great vantage point, while enjoying our fine hand crafted beer.

“We see this this as a tremendous opportunity to be part of the growing business community in Essex County and bringing new jobs to the area. We see Schroon and surrounding times directly benefiting from this move.”

The new brewery will have the capacity to produce 30,000 barrels of beer. Their current output is around 2,300 barrels.

The expansion now means new markets for Paradox products.


“We are at capacity now. Our new facility will allow us to have our beers in New York City, Long Island and all over New Jersey,” Paul said. 

Paul says the brewery will have its own canning and bottling line, as well as the ability to keg beer in wooden barrels.

"We hope to be in bars and restaurants on tap, as well as stores with our line of packaged beer in bottles and cans."

“These are very exciting times for us.”

Paul says the brewery will cost about $2.8 million. He hopes it will open sometime in 2018.