Norwood-based Castle Island Brewing is opening a second location this week, and it won’t be far from its namesake — South Boston’s famous Castle Island. The new brewery and taproom will open on Thursday, September 23, at 5 p.m., located inside the Cole Hersee Building at 10 Old Colony Ave., South Boston.
Drinkers can expect the taproom to feature a mix of Castle Island’s most beloved beers (like its excellent American pale ale, Candlepin, for example), as well as limited releases, one-offs, collaborations, and some new beers as they’re developed. The brewery will feature an events space and an outdoor patio with bocce courts.
Before its 2015 debut in Norwood, Castle Island Brewing initially planned to open in Boston proper but eventually found a home south of the city. “We love the home that we’ve built in Norwood dearly, and plan to have our production headquarters and taproom there for a long, long time,” says an FAQ on the brewery’s website. “But when we were presented with the opportunity to open up a second location in South Boston, we couldn’t say yes fast enough.”
The new taproom will feature South Shore-style bar pizza from Bardo’s Bar Pizza, along with sausages, cutlet sandwiches, and various other small bites. Bardo’s has its roots as a grocery store operator, Liberty Supermarkets, in East Boston and on the North Shore, eventually growing into an events space in the city, Lombardo’s, in the early 1960s. These days it’s located in Randolph, so the bar pizza makes a lot of sense. To drive the collaboration home, Bardo’s uses Castle Island beer to make its dough.
Castle Island Brewing and Bardo’s open this Thursday at 5 p.m. and will be open seven days a week (Thursday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to midnight and Sunday through Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.) going forward.