Boston-area breweries are expanding like crazy these days. As reported earlier this month, at least eight local companies are growing their current spaces or adding new ones. One of those, Norwood-based Castle Island Brewing Company, previously announced that it would double its production capacity with the addition of three new tanks, ultimately leading to a possible production of 13,000 barrels a year.
This has been a long time coming. We've been working quietly and diligently on our taproom plans, and are finally ready to get building. We have received approvals from the Town of Norwood as well as from the State and construction will be starting soon.
During construction, the existing tasting room will be closed; this is expected to start next week. The brewery will remain open for weekend retail sales, both beer and merch, during construction, but there will be no tastings or tours.
While Castle Island has only been open for a little over a year, founder Adam Romanow started planning back in 2010 when he “ditche[d] the desk for a brewing apprenticeship” and ultimately began hunting for brewery real estate in 2012. The lease was signed for 31 Astor Ave. in Norwood in early 2015.
As previously reported, Castle focuses on American-style craft beers. The core lineup includes Candlepin, a hoppy session ale; Lager, a lager; and Keeper, a “new age” IPA. There are also a number of seasonals (such as Festbier, a Märzen-inspired ale), rotating double IPAs (such as Dank Sinatra, a rye double IPA), and limited editions (such as Palmside, a coconut porter).
Keep an eye on Castle Island’s social media for updates on retail hours through construction.