Reclaiming historic structures--as breweries & pubs

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after4ever
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beers 8025 º places 322 º 13:57 Wed 4/13/2016

This is the coolest non-beer-related by-product of the industry IMO: re-use of vacant old buildings that are way too cool to tear down. It brings neighborhoods back to life in the best way, with people hanging out.

In the northwest, cities have wildly varying degrees of interest in historic preservation. Seattle will green light almost any real estate redevelopment project, though sometimes it requires you to preserve one wall of the old building. Tacoma and Portland try to keep interesting-looking old buildings standing, to some extent.

The RAM is a chain of solid (if somewhat uneven) brewpubs that usually locates in strip malls, but has just announced a big renovation project. They?e purchased a really cool-looking derelict old power station on downtown Tacoma’s south side, in an area the city is now re-branding "The Brewery District."

This area already has one brewery up and running in a reclaimed old furniture warehouse:
Harmon Brewing

And one more planned to take over a pretty gigantic old Heidelberg plant, with room for food trucks/cafes:
7 Seas Brewing. They’re keeping their existing location across the water in Gig Harbor.

Farther north in downtown, there’s already Odd Otter, Dunagan, Tacoma Brewing, another Harmon location, and Pacific Brewing, all in long-standing structures, and plenty more breweries around the city. E9 in north Tacoma took over an old fire station that dates back to horse-drawn fire cart days--you can still see the stable arches over the bar. Nearby in Puyallup, Powerhouse took over another power station years ago, though not as big as the one The RAM is restoring.

Most interestingly, on the north side of downtown, McMenamin’s is restoring the old Tacoma Elks Lodge, and will also restore the Old City Hall, which is one of the prettiest buildings in town.

 
beastiefan2k
beers 4705 º places 276 º 14:57 Wed 4/13/2016

I also think these are great initiative by the brewing industry.

Still wanting to visit this old "school"
http://www.mcmenamins.com/AndersonSchool

When I first visited Church Brew Works, I actually had no idea it was an old church.
http://www.churchbrew.com/

It seems breweries are replacing our past reliance on schools, churches, and manufacturing jobs. I am in full support.

 
after4ever
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beers 8025 º places 322 º 15:34 Wed 4/13/2016

Anderson School is rad. There are multiple venues there--North Shore is nicely decorated, and Tavern on the Square looks *really* nice, but I think I will hang out at The Woodshed when I go back. Most comfortable, best vibe. But ya gotta tour the whole property.

Originally posted by beastiefan2k

It seems breweries are replacing our past reliance on schools, churches, and manufacturing jobs. I am in full support.
Ethereal Brewing in Lexington, KY is in an old distillery. Good thing we don’t need those anymore!

 
jtclockwork
beers 20750 º places 554 º 16:04 Wed 4/13/2016

Vault brewing was an old bank. They keep their kegs literally in the vault. http://vaultbrewing.com/wp-content/gallery/main/img_0308.jpg

 
Patrickctenchi
beers 7260 º places 41 º 16:14 Wed 4/13/2016

Here in Columbus, Indiana, I am currently the electrical foreman for Upland Brewing’s new pub .......located in what was the city’s old pump house originally constructed in 1901........a huge, multi-level brick structure building with soaring roofs and 17-22 inch thick brick and stone walls throughout.....believe me, the project has been a real bitch, but it should be absolutely awesome when completed sometime this summer......It’s been extremely difficult preserving the character of the place and time-warping it into a modern facility with 3 kitchen spaces, bar and exposed beer cooler and prep areas.
Had some rough, head-scratching moments....("WTF.....how am I going to do this......????") but it’s also a labour of love......as a RB member, it’s been pretty cool to be involved in building a new place for people to enjoy craft beer.....and the people from Upland have been really great in listening to ideas for little tweaks here and there from someone who is both an electrician and a long-time fan of their beer......and someone who knows (or knows what he likes) in the ambience of a good beer spot.

 
JK
beers 7044 º places 439 º 16:49 Wed 4/13/2016

Northeast Minneapolis is full of places like this.

Dangerous Man
Sociable Cider
Indeed Brewing
Able Seed House
612 brewing and more

 
after4ever
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beers 8025 º places 322 º 16:51 Wed 4/13/2016

Originally posted by Patrickctenchi
believe me, the project has been a real bitch, but it should be absolutely awesome when completed sometime this summer.

That sounds amazing. Are you guys running a before & after gallery on Facebook or anywhere? I poked around the Upland FB page a little but did not see it.

 
Travlr
beers 30304 º places 3522 º 20:16 Wed 4/13/2016

Originally posted by beastiefan2k
I also think these are great initiative by the brewing industry.

Still wanting to visit this old "school"
http://www.mcmenamins.com/AndersonSchool

When I first visited Church Brew Works, I actually had no idea it was an old church.
http://www.churchbrew.com/

It seems breweries are replacing our past reliance on schools, churches, and manufacturing jobs. I am in full support.

another old church, with a choir loft available for private events: http://www.ratebeer.com/p/holy-grale/19232/

 
dchmela
beers 3095 º places 108 º 15:05 Thu 4/14/2016

If you are ever in Tampa, specifically Ybor City, the Cigar City Cider and Mead taproom is in a really old building that still has the exposed brick architecture. The building dates back to the late 1800’s and the bar has USB ports built in for charging phones, a great mix of old and new. A few blocks away, Coppertail Brewing is housed in an old mayo factory. They did a great job building a unique looking taproom in the old space.

 
Reynolds314
beers 3472 º places 41 º 15:59 Thu 4/14/2016

Willimantic Brewing Company in CT is a cool old post office building. Its got a bit of a tacky "flare" based decor inside but its a really cool space for a brew pub.

http://www.willimanticbrewingcompany.com/take-a-look/