Earlier, we told you about Chuck’s Hop Shop planning a location at 20th and Union. But south CD folks shouldn’t feel left out because you’re getting a new small-scale brewery at 25th and Jackson.
Standard Brewing has brewed three different takes on an IPA, and is preparing to open its doors to pour you a pint (or growler). They are currently aiming to open March 20.
I say “they,” but Standard Brewing is largely a one-person show at the moment. CD resident Justin Gerardy (who lives near Garfield High School) started Standard Brewing as a way to expand on his experience as a homebrewer and get his brews into the neighborhood.
Gerardy has done a lot of the work fixing up the space and turning it into a small-scale brewery—so small that batches only produce 31 gallons at a time (to put that in perspective, typical brew-at-home kits create five gallons). But the size of the batches also allows him to be more creative, Gerardy said.
“The limitations of being small also opens a few doors,” he said, standing next to his new brew equipment and hand-made walk-in refrigerator. “I enjoy experimenting.”
Gerardy (formerly a manager at the Hideout and the rebirth of Vito’s) has very local aspirations for his brews. While at first people will likely only be able to get his beer at 25th and Jackson, he is interested in selling to CD and Capitol Hill bars (“I don’t want to be making deliveries all the way to Ballard”). There are no immediate plans to bottle the beer.
Initially, Standard Brewing will be open Wednesday through Saturday from 4–8, but hours could expand if things go well.
“We’ll have to see how it goes,” he said.
Visitors will be able to buy tasters of any or all the brews as well as pints. In addition to a handful of stools inside, there will be a small outdoor seating area and, if Gerardy’s hopes come true, a food truck parked nearby.
Visitors will also be able to fill growlers to take home.
So far, Standard is at least the second beer-selling establishment to open on Jackson in 2013 (see our previous story about Wonder Coffee & Sports Bar).