Lucky Somerville is getting another bit of excitement: American Fresh Taproom, a 60-seat beer garden at Assembly Row, will open in a few weeks courtesy of Somerville Brewing, the maker of Slumbrew beers. The company is also in the process of building a brewery and taproom outside of Somerville's Union Square, and that should open in late November. "Our concept is very Somerville, with New England products and ingredients, most of which are from the Somerville area," co-founder Caitlin Jewell told Boston Magazine of the new Assembly Row endeavor. "We want this to encapsulate what's happening in the craft artisanal movement."
The beer garden will be part of SomBlox Assembly Row, a collection of repurposed shipping containers being used for retail and food prep space, according to a press release. (Shipping-containers-as-retail is becoming a thing. See also: Container Bar down in Austin and Cambridge's own Churn2 ice cream container.)
To eat and drink? A slew of Slumbrew beers paired with things like sandwiches and charcuterie plates, served on compostable dinnerware. (The beverage list also includes Rojo, a hard cider from nearby Bantam Cider, as well as a Finger Lakes riesling and a Washington State red blend wine.) Take a peek at the menu.
American Fresh Taproom will softly open by invitation at the end of July, and the first public day is slated for Friday, August 1. It'll be open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 8 p.m. on Saturday. Boston Magazine notes that it will be open through late October, featuring a heated tent as the days get colder, and then it will relaunch around early March after a winter break.
· Somerville Brewing to unveil beer garden at Assembly Row [BM]
· All coverage of Somerville Brewing Company on Eater [~EBOS~]