Who We Are?
Lake Drum Brewing is a small batch brewery operated by Victor Pultinas and Jenna LaVita in the heart of downtown Geneva, NY.
Victor is a tall, bearded, Lithuanian from Mission Hill in Boston, MA. where he developed strong community morals and a passion for bikes, apples, and painting murals. He attended the Brimmer and May School which brought him to Hobart College, where he majored in arts and education; all the while taking an active involvement in his immediate community.
Jenna is a William Smith graduate and is from a big Italian family situated south of Boston, that loves food and introduced her to wine. You can imagine their surprise when she suddenly gave up her goal of becoming a human rights lawyer for a then unknown career in wine. She is currently the wine maker and vineyard manager for a 23 acre vineyard in the Finger Lakes.
We met at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, N.Y. and are now joining the microbrewery movement that has taken the world by storm. After graduating in 2008, we wound up at a couple of local wineries who welcomed us into the Finger Lakes community and showed us why we needed to be a part of it. Not long after, we found ourselves drawn to the production of the beverages we were serving, which in turn led to our obsession in all things fermented. From beet to tomato wine, kombucha tea to kefir, apple cider to brandy, we finally settled on our favorites: red wine and beer.
Before prohibition, New York state was one of the leading hop growers in the country and Geneva was home to one of the biggest malt houses in the area. However, like many other small towns throughout the U.S., Geneva's industries began leaving for cheaper options elsewhere and the community suffered. In the past few years, our city has seen a revival of small businesses opening up and local people coming together and supporting the community. This success, has made us confident that starting a small scale production facility, steps from the shores of Seneca Lake will have a positive impact on Geneva, the Finger Lakes, and beyond.
Geneva's First Nano-Brewery
We want to make this a community project that you feel connected to and one that encourages you to visit from near and far. By donating to our campaign we are asking for your advice, feedback, ideas and aspirations for making Lake Drum Brewing a success. By supporting this campaign, you are being part of something bigger than our personal goals and ambitions: you are supporting a small business and putting money back into the local economy, in turn strengthening our community and investing in its future.
You have funded a three barrel (or ninety five gallon) brewing system. BUT OUR FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN IS STILL GOING TILL NOON THIS SATURDAY SO LET'S RAISE SOME MORE. THE MORE WE RAISE THE MORE WE CAN DO SO DON'T STOP THE LOVING. EVERYTHING IS MUCH APPRECIATED, HOPE YOU CAN HELP
Check out our unique perks and think about what would fit you best, no donation is too small because every little bit helps! IF YOU WANT A PERSONALIZED CO-OP MEMBER MUG DISPLAYED (AND KEPT ONLY FOR YOU) BEHIND THE BAR DONATE ANYTHING OVER $200 AND IT WILL BE ALL YOURS ALONG WITH THE OTHER PERKS! THANKS!
Other Ways You Can Help
- Get the word out and make some noise about LAKE DRUM BREWING!
- Use the Indiegogo share tools.
- If you are from out of town come and visit anytime.
Victor/ Jenna/ Stewart