On the heels of the opening of the Bantam Cider Taproom, plus the news of the soon-to-open Aeronaut Brewing Company, there's another beer coming to town. Somerville Brewing Company (the makers of the popular Slumbrew line) is opening up a brewery and taproom just outside of Somerville's Union Square, in a neighborhood called Boynton Yards. Depending on how all the permitting goes, it could open to the public in five or six months. Currently, Slumbrew is produced at Mercury Brewing Company in Ipswich. That partnership will continue, but the taproom will add more space, more one-off brews, and a destination for drinking as well as eating.
On the food side, there will be "nothing that's good for you," says co-founder Caitlin Jewell, although she stresses that it's not meant to be a brewpub: Don't expect burgers and the like. They're thinking of charcuterie plates featuring local meats, cheeses, chocolates from nearby Taza, and pickles from Grillo's. There'll be a deconstructed Fluffernutter (an homage to Somerville as the birthplace of Fluff) and dishes that make use of the beers, like a cheddar beer soup. Eventually, there could be a joint marketing project — a "passport," of sorts — to encourage people to stop by Bantam and Taza as well as the taproom.
The project costs about a half million dollars and is entirely self-funded. Prices will be kept as reasonable as possible; expect growlers around $10 and pints around $5. The space, which took about two years to find, will probably be open to the public at least six days a week (possibly excluding Mondays), and there may even be lunch hours to accommodate nearby office workers. With a capacity of around 100, the taproom might also have a specific area set aside for charities and organizations to hold events.
Located minutes from Target, the taproom and brewery will be just minutes from the upcoming Union Square MBTA station. Stay tuned for more details.
· Slumbrew [Official Site]