Nils Johnson, co-owner of Little Red Barn Brewers, accepting a wooden plaque of Highland Lake from Highland Lake Watershed Association President Beth Papermaster during the association's meeting on Saturday, July 10.
Nils Johnson, co-owner of Little Red Barn Brewers, accepting a wooden plaque of Highland Lake from Highland Lake Watershed Association President Beth Papermaster during the association's meeting on Saturday, July 10.
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WINSTED — More than a week after celebrating its second anniversary, Nils Johnson, co-owner of Little Red Barn Brewers, has announced that the brewery is looking into expanding its location at Winsted Edge Works.
Two years ago, Little Red Barn opened at the former factory building at 32 Lake Street, the former location of the Lambert Kay Company, which went out of business in 2001.
In the summer of 2017, Parker Benjamin Real Estate Services of Unionville purchased the building for $1,000.
The company renamed the building The Winsted Edge Works and the brewery was its first tenant.
The Highland Lake Watershed Association (HLWA) held its annual meeting on Saturday, July 10.
During the HLWA meeting, Johnson spoke about the development of the brewery and the current state of the business.
“We fell in love with this location because of how close it is to Highland Lake, and how close it is to Route 44,” Johnson said. “Winsted is like our hometown. We like to think that we are hometown boys doing good.”
Johnson said that Little Red Barn hopes to start on a 5,000 square foot expansion of its current facilities in the building by next year.
“We want to have an event space for things like meetings, class reunions, weddings, and things like that,” he said. “A lot of it depends on the state of the economy. Post-Covid has been more difficult on our business than during Covid. Costs are up by over 30 percent. We are blessed that we have the same employees that we started with two years ago. Others in the service industry are not so lucky. I think we are about to see more businesses going down than during Covid. With that being said, I do think the people here are supporting local businesses and I hope that it continues.”
Originally, five other businesses were lined up for Winsted Edge Works: The Mad River Market, The Scene Art Bar, Herr Linkee Designs Studio, Art Gallery at the Mill, Early Mariner Design and Build LLC.
However, according to the property’s website at www.winstededgeworks.com, currently the brewery and Charter Oak Timbers are the only two businesses at the building.

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