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Veracious’ output of 1,000 barrels a year is a far cry from the approximately 60,000 that Stratford brewing behemoth Two Roads puts out annually, but then that kind of production has never been the Szamatulskis’ plan.
“Connecticut is not a good place to do business right now,” says Mark Szamatulski, co-owner of Veracious Brewing Co. in Monroe. “None of us make the rules, and if they can just keep shifting them around to benefit the bigger guys, where does that leave us?”
A diversity of new businesses and residential projects, along with a AAA rating from Standard & Poor's and a new police station, are pluses, but First Selectman Dan Rosenthal worries about Gov. Ned Lamont's proposal to shift the cost of teachers' pensions to municipalities.
Still looming: the effect of the Small Business Administration's closure. “We’ve got loans that have been approved or are in the process of being approved that are waiting for the SBA,” says Patriot Bank President Richard Muskus Jr. “The SBA had better be ready for a tidal wave of backlog.”
Reverie Brewing Co. is under construction on Church Hill Road, while Asylum Brewing Co. has received the town’s okay to become the first for-profit commercial tenant at Fairfield Hills.