The long-awaited opening of Chuck’s Hop Shop in the Central District finally arrived this weekend, when the new Chuck’s Central District opened its doors at 20th and Union.
Chuck Shin, owner of the popular Greenwood bottle shop, announced back in March he’d signed a 10-year lease at the former Copymaster building on Union. The shop delayed opening several times throughout the spring and summer as they awaited permits from the city. Chuck’s passed its final inspections before the holidays and flung open its doors Friday afternoon. Neighbors trickled in, and by Friday evening, the place was packed.
Chuck’s Central District is part bottle shop, part community gathering place: kids and dogs are welcome. They’ll soon be announcing a line up of visiting food trucks. Check their Facebook page for news on the truck schedule, open hours, and the rotating tap list.
A huge refrigeration unit lines the back wall of the building, where you can choose bottles of porter, IPA, stouts, and sours. A smaller cooler holds ciders, many of them local. Chuck’s charges a small corkage fee for bottles consumed in the building and also offers pours of 49 rotating beers on tap. They’re not quite at full capacity yet, but you can find about 18 beers on tap this week.
In another sign Chuck’s is integrating well with the neighborhood, the shop has already scheduled a brewer’s night with the Central District’s own Standard Brewing. On January 18, look for four Standard Brewing beers on tap at Chuck’s.