A brewery south of Boston is just about a month away from opening up its taproom and letting the locals in to enjoy beers in-house. Castle Island Brewing Company has already increased its production since opening in December 2015, and over the last few months, Castle Island has worked to build out a taproom within its Norwood facility. The final stages of construction are underway, and founder Adam Romanow estimates an opening in mid-June.
Upon entering the brewery, guests will find the taproom off to the right, with the bar to the left. The bar will be at standing height and will wrap around the taproom, according to Romanow. “That’s gonna be the only divider between the taproom and the brewery,” he tells Eater. The taproom will have multiple communal beer hall-style tables made from ash wood, each 10 feet long, which will seat about 50 people. Romanow says people in the taproom will be able to see, hear, and smell everything going on in the brewery.
Castle Island will have 16 draft lines, three of which will be dedicated to their core beers: Candlepin, a hoppy session ale; Lager, a lager; and Keeper, a “new age” IPA. With the mid-June opening timeline in mind, Romanow says they’ll also have Jetty on tap (a seasonal, dry-hopped sour ale), plus some of the brewery’s limited releases and a double IPA. They will also bring back a few special beers they have made before, plus some new offerings.
Construction temporarily shut down the brewery’s existing tasting room, as previously reported, but Romanow says customers have still taken advantage of the brewery’s beer-to-go hours on weekends. During this final month before opening the taproom, Castle Island is open on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for cans to-go.
Once the taproom opens, there will be some pre-packaged snacks available alongside the beer selection, and Romanow says the brewery is coordinating with a variety of food trucks to visit the taproom. Stay tuned for final details on an opening date.