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China-built beer tanks on last leg of journey to NY brewery

Associated Press logo Associated Press 2/06/2017
In this undated photo, a barge carrying Chinese-made beer fermentation tanks floats down the Erie Canal in Clyde, N.Y., toward the Genesee Brewery in Rochester, N.Y. Some politicians are irritated that the Rochester brewery, which receives state economic development funding, bought beer fermentation tanks from China that could have been produced in New York. (Michael Riviello via AP) © The Associated Press In this undated photo, a barge carrying Chinese-made beer fermentation tanks floats down the Erie Canal in Clyde, N.Y., toward the Genesee Brewery in Rochester, N.Y. Some politicians are irritated that the Rochester brewery, which receives state economic development funding, bought beer fermentation tanks from China that could have been produced in New York. (Michael Riviello via AP)

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — The first two of 12 massive beer tanks being delivered to upstate New York's Genesee Brewery are scheduled to be off-loaded at the company's downtown Rochester facility this weekend.

The fermentation tanks built in China arrived this week in suburban Rochester via barges on the Erie Canal. They started their 225-mile (362-kilometer) voyage two weeks ago at the waterway's terminus near Albany.

The tanks are 20 feet (6.1 meters) wide and 60 feet (18.3 meters) tall, making them too big to be hauled long distances by truck or rail.

Genesee says a truck hauling the first two tanks will leave the Gates canal area late Friday or early Saturday for the roughly 5 mile (8 kilometer) trip to the brewery.

Off-loading is set to start early Saturday morning.

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