Right around when the pandemic started, we already had some plans to expand our space a bit. Then, we ended up having quite some time to plan out how we could improve our bar, make ordering beers more efficient, and make the space more comfortable for everyone. Once the plans were finalized with our architect Stephen Selin (who does wonderful work, by the way), we got to it and started knocking down a wall or two. Well, our friends at J.A. Morrissey started knocking down the wall. And wow do they know how to work. In about a month's time, we had a brand new bar in the brewery in addition to the "old" bar, and now it's ready to be enjoyed. It lives to the right of the “old” bar, in the recently expanded part of the brewery.
The new bar has a stone bartop made by Vermont Eco-Floor (thank you Brendan!), just like the old one, with stones embedded in it from Lake Champlain. We also had an awesome new draft system installed by Modern Draught that will make pouring beer on both sides of the bar that much smoother. We're also sporting some new custom made brass tap handles made by our friend Derek Rice.
The new bar is just for ordering. The “old” bar will now be used for what it does best - people sitting at it! The new one will have four ordering stations and our staff is ready to take on the crowds. We're talking faster service, more space for chillin', and, maybe our favorite thing about it, a lot less "line" space taken up in front of the stage during concerts. We also added several beautiful wooden standing/seating bars along the front brick wall, a new merch section with a much sleeker design, and a glass faced to-go cooler for ease of selling cans. The art hanging on the walls in the brewery at the moment is by Eliza-Marie Phillip, and we'll continue to rotate art installations in our new space. A ceiling sculpture by Will Gebhard can be seen in some of these photos, and our hydration station (actual water) sign was made by Pete Boardman.
While we certainly loved the bar space we've had since we opened five years ago, this update is an upgrade, for sure. We really can't wait to share it with you all. The whole reason we do what we do is to be able to share our beer with you down by the waterfront- to give people a space to enjoy good beer, food music, friends, family, or even some alone time. So, making our brewery even more comfortable, efficient and fun to be in, makes us happy. We hope you'll join us this summer and experience it for yourself.
Along with the new bar comes some updates to bar operations, hours, etc. These are:⠀
- Order at the bar service⠀
- First come, first serve seating (no reservations)⠀
- Hours: Sun-Thurs 12pm-10pm, Fri & Sat 12pm-12:30am⠀
- live music 3+ days/week⠀
- grilling sausages, veggies & sandwiches out front of Foam Fri, Sat & Sun⠀
- Outside bar on front patio open Thurs, Fri, Sat & Sun⠀
- Ordering & picking up beer to-go located behind the brewery 12-8pm, Fri-Sun⠀
We want to sincerely thank everyone for your support over the last year & a half. Welcoming you all back, especially with some improvements to the space, is a dream. See you soon.