The intersection of 280 and University is getting another area taproom this weekend. (May 1, 2019)
I was fortunate enough to be able to check out the new space the other day and sample some beers. It’s a real cool concept. Beer-brewing is pretty simple. But PERFECT beer-brewing is a science.
Here is an unbiased take:
The Brewery Lab
The Lab is an ambitious project and unique business plan focused on offering experimental beers, real lab analysis, and focus-group testing.
Fronted by head brewer/collaborator Matt Hall (Lift Bridge, Firestone Walker, Point) The Lab is designed to give local brewers a practical ‘test space.’ It’s really the highly-experienced and skilled people that make the place.
The essential goal is to provide non-biased, consumer-focused research to back up new and flagship recipes. Any problems? No matter what your size, you’ll have access to a full laboratory work-up overseen by Gerri Kustelski (really nice Brewery Chemist that came out of her 40+ year brewery career retirement to work here). They’ll lead state-of-the-art testing to help track down key flavors, bacteria, yeasts… everything wanted and not, found in a beer.
The Lab Taproom
The Lab is located within a slowly-being-remodeled building on the South side of 767 Eustis building, a giant, re purposed warehouse now housing a giant architecture firm and the Lab. The taproom is bright, sunny, and modern.
You’ll enjoy an ever-rotating batch of self-poured beers. Some will be house made, others will be done by secret guest breweries (for test purposes).
The Lab Taproom & BreweryView Website
Beers to Drink Right Now
Thrifty? Not much. Flights seem to be a good deal, as you can sample by the once (~$.36-.50) making Pints $5.50 – $8.00. Seems a bit steep IMO. That said, EVERY. SINGLE. ONE. was great.
Beers are continuously changing, but if you find yourself there this weekend, the highlights were the Grapefruit Kolsch and the Brown Ale.
– Here's the Deal –
A center for creative brewing and new flavors in this new "pour-your-own" taproom.