Beer might soon flow through taps at the long-awaited North Park Beer Co., the much-anticipated first project from local homebrewing champion Kelsey McNair; McNair says he may soft open the brewery next month.
The 8,000-square-foot corner spot on University Avenue houses a 15 BBL brewhouse and was designed with Paul Basile of BASILE Studio (KINDRED, Ironside); the first section to launch will be its 1,700-square-foot tasting room, which will pour 14 to 16 house beers, plus guest beers, wine, cider, cold brew and housemade sodas. Among the core brews are McNair's award-winnning HopFu Imperial IPA, a West Coast hoppy red ale, Scottish 70 shilling, a hoppy strong pale ale and an American-style stout.
A 1,400-square-foot mezzanine space will be phased in later, along with the food component, a counter service-style restaurant from Mastiff Sausage Company, which runs a successful food truck and has an outpost in the Liberty Public Market. The new sit-down eatery from co-founders Jacob Bartlett and Eric Gallerstein, called Mastiff, will have a menu that's more expansive and diverse than their truck offerings, ranging from beer snacks to full entrees. They'll still feature their signature sausages, and incorporate the housemade links into dishes including shrimp and mussels with andouille and a classic Scotch egg, but Gallerstein will get to exercise his restaurant chef skills via special beer dinners and more refined plates, from steak frites to beef cheek ravioli; there will also be lighter fare, from salads to soups and vegetarian and vegan options. Mastiff should be cooking by mid-summer.