This is a sad day in Greater Utica. One of our signature landmarks, the F.X. Matt Brewery, was severely damaged in a fire last evening. The OD has all the details with pictures and video.
This is a severe blow, not only to the Matt family and the many employees who work there, but to the community at large . . .
It was clear from last night that Greater Utica really is One Community, and the brewery is part of its "soul." People had first come from all around for the Saranac Thursday entertainment -- and then the fire fighters came from far beyond Utica to fight the blaze. Somehow we manage to come together to face disaster.
It's time to rebuild.