The denizens of North Park and local beer folk are pretty giddy after this week's soft opening of Hess Brewing Company's new production facility and tasting room, where 3,000-square-feet of beer playground and a 30bbl. brew system now reside in what used to be a Evangelical Bible store.
A sold out grand opening is scheduled for tonight, although you can pop in for a beer today from noon until 5 p.m. The ticketed party continues tomorrow, but starting Sunday the brewery will keep regular hours, from noon until 10 p.m. on weekdays and midnight on Friday and Saturday. Founder Mike Hess says he's glad to be part of the North Park scene, and hopes the tasting room will become a favorite pre- or post-dining stop. Hess will bring in food trucks but he also plans to work out a delivery program with neighboring eateries, including URBN North Park and Fatboy's Deli.
Hess has staffed the 170-person capacity tasting room with experienced beer pourers, judges and cicerones who offer table service and custom glassware for each of the 10+ Hess beers on tap; a taster flight of five beers is $14, and comes with a keeper glass. For entertainment value, a dart board and regulation length shuffleboard are due soon.
Also incoming, a sidewalk patio and beer in cans; the brewery expects to start canning their brews by late August/early September.
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