Somerville Brewing Company plans to grow its presence at Assembly Row with a new brewhouse. Affectionately known as Slumbrew to fans of the Somerville brewery, the company will open American Fresh Brewhouse in the ever-growing retail and residential development north of Boston, building out 3,600 square feet of space at 490 Foley St., according to a release. The location is across from the Assembly Row T stop.
The existing American Fresh beer garden at Assembly Row (which will continue to operate through September 30, 2017) opened in 2014, and it’s seasonally open-air; in colder months, it’s inside of a tent. The new spot will be a permanent indoor space that will include a small brewery and take its design cues from the main Boynton Yards brewery in Somerville. There will be 20 draft lines, as Boston Restaurant Talk noted; keep an eye out for experimental beers brewed onsite. Plus, there will be seasonal outdoor seating.
“People naturally want to share their passion for high quality, fresh beer while socializing with friends over a great meal at the local brewery. This is the basis for our entire philosophy in the beer business — make good liquids, make good friends,” Caitlin Jewell, co-founder and CMO for Somerville Brewing, said in the release.
The new American Fresh Brewhouse at Assembly Row will also support an expansion of Somerville Brewing’s culinary operation. With a full kitchen, the new brewhouse will have two chefs who can serve up full meals and small dishes to go along with the beers brewed in-house. It will also offer weekend brunch and breakfast during the week for commuters, and it is set to open in late spring 2017.
Assembly Row will see further growth beyond the addition of the Slumbrew brewhouse, including a new Trader Joe’s, per BostInno, as well as dining and cafe spots like Caffe Nero and a new location of the Greek gyro place Zo, Boston Magazine noted. As previously reported, Mike’s Pastry is also expanding to Assembly Row, as is Waxy’s Modern Irish Bar + Kitchen.