There’s a new brewery coming to Yeast Van this summer. First timers Dan Webster and Terry Brown have brought in Tim Juul – formerly Head Brewer at Massachusetts’ Fort Hill Brewery – to help develop their dream, Container Brewing.
Opening this summer at 1216 Franklin Ave., Container Brewing will have been five years in the making for Dan and Terry, who sold software and made bicycles (respectively) before jumping off this particular cliff. They got the keys to the building (previously home to Groundwater Hydraulics for 30 years) back in November, 2018.
They’re working with 4,440 sqft in total, which breaks down to 2,800 for production/storage and the rest to a 67 seat lounge spread out on two levels. When I checked it out last week I found the trio working – rather aptly – in a shipping container outside. They showed me around the construction site, pointing out where the tanks will live and where the bar will go (with its 12 taps) and what the view from the upstairs seating area is like (spoiler: an industrial vista of cranes and warehouses backdropped by the North Shore mountains).
The few design renderings I’ve seen (above) have me excited about what it will look like when it’s all done. Simcic + Uhrich Architects is doing the job. If you like craft beer you’re probably familiar with their work, as their past projects have included the likes of Faculty Brewing, Dageraad Brewing, Strathcona Beer Co., Brassneck Brewery and Strange Fellows.
Adding to my anticipation of the place was the test bottle of strong, whisky-whispering, oak-aged, chocolate Imperial Stout that they sent me home with. I’m also curious about the New England styles that Tim has up his sleeve, and what he comes up with for a West Coast IPA. He expects to start brewing in earnest in May, producing 1,700 hls in year one and up to 3,000 by year three.
Container Brewing will also have a food component, which I hope to circle back and detail while the brewery is under construction. Watch this space!