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Long-awaited microbrewery opens in Essex County

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Montclair has opened its first microbrewery after four years of hearings and inspections.

Denise Ford Sawadogo and Leo Sawadogo officially opened the Montclair Brewery Saturday, with Ford Sawadogo estimating about 1,000 people attending the day-long opening celebration.

According to the North Jersey Record, Ford Sawadogo says the brewery is not a bar, but is a production facility and community space.

MORE: Guide: New Jersey Breweries

Food cannot be sold at the microbrewery, though patrons may bring their own food or order delivery from other eateries.

The couple says they are creating uniquely flavored drinks based on their backgrounds, with Leo Sawadogo working on a beer made from baobab tree fruit from his native Burkina Faso in western Africa.

AP wire services helped contribute to this report.

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