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After A Six-Year Run, The Beer Snob Closes Its Doors

The Beer Snob is pictured Thursday at its 318 Washington St. location in Jamestown. The craft beer establishment, which opened in November 2018, has closed its doors. P-J photo by Michael Zabrodsky

The Beer Snob has closed its doors.

Known for its craft beer selection, it also was a live music venue.

Calls to the establishment, located at 318 Washington St., owned by Marty Schwab, were not immediately returned.

In 2023, Schwab was awarded $60,000 by the Jamestown Local Development Corp. through the Business Expansion and Building Acquisition Grant Program. The money was from the city council as it had allocated $750,000 through the American Rescue Plan. At that time JLDC Grant Manager Tim O’Dell said the contracts were structured as a 50% grant and a 50% forgivable loan if the business met employment goals by December 2026.

In 2018, Schwab was awarded $1 million in state funding to restore the 27,000-square-foot building.

“The Department of Development and City of Jamestown have been informed that The Beer Snob, located in Downtown Jamestown, has made the difficult decision to close its doors permanently,” said city Director of Development Crystal Surdyk. “While we are disappointed to see any business close, we respect the business owner’s decision and privacy. The Director of Development has been in contact with the business owner and as with any recipient of City grant funding, we will work with the business owner to recapture awarded grant funds to satisfy grant requirements and contractual obligations.”

During the grand opening in November 2018, Schwab said The Beer Snob offered 36 craft beer selections and 77 different types of bottles and cans. At the time Schwab said having a beer store/tap room with a kitchen was becoming popular in the United States, so he thought he would bring one to Jamestown.

As for live music, it was a venue growing as it attracted both local and regional musicians to its stage where they could get a chance to perform. Musicians had access to a P.A. system, a sound-proofed room, and a lighting system.

“I love all kinds of music — all genres,” Schwab said in April 2023. “We’re trying to give local musicians and touring musicians an opportunity to present their original songs.”

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