Redding Beer Co. set to open Oct. 14
Redding Beer Co. is not your typical brewery and certainly not your typical bar.
The tap room, which will open on Oct. 14, is located on Main Street in Georgetown, not an out-of-the-way industrial park like many breweries. The owners are not using their meeting place to peddle bottles and cans of their products — they don’t even offer their beer that way — though growlers are welcome.
Also, Redding Beer Co. does not have a room of giant vats brewing thousands of gallons of beer. Rather their three-barrel system will brew small, custom batches in limited quantities. The owners refer to it as a nano-brewery with batches made 100 gallons at a time.
The father-son team of Jim and David Baulsir has worked seven days a week since June to prepare their 3,000-square-foot space at 7 Main St., all the while brewing batches of American wheat ale, American pale ale, Irish red ale, east coast IPA and extra special bitter in anticipation of their grand opening.
The Redding residents will mix in batches of Belgium golden ale, coffee stout and Dunkelweizen as the fall progresses.
“When I was thinking of opening a brewery I had a lot of settings in mind,” Jim Baulsir said. “Most breweries are hard to find. For some people, they like that adventure. It’s part of the culture of craft. I was looking for more of a main street setting and this lies at the corner of Wilton, Ridgefield, Redding and Westport.”
The brewing is done on premises with the initial steps taken in the kitchen behind the bar area. The fermentation, filling of the kegs and storage is in the basement.
Redding Beer Co. will not serve food, although outside food is welcome at the establishment. In fact, Jim Baulsir said he encourages customers to “BYOF.” The owners said some local restaurants have offered to deliver to the tap house.
“There are five restaurants within walking distance, so how are we going to compete with them?” he said. “We thought we would differentiate, not compete.”
Redding Beer Co. will be closed Monday and Tuesday and open from 3 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, 4 to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and afternoons on Sunday. It will serve only beer and soft drinks.
“I’m excited to see this business open,” Redding First Selectman Julia Pemberton said. “It’s a local Redding family and how the father and son are working together is a great story. It’s nice to have something different in Georgetown. We have restaurants, but nothing like this. It’s a great addition to the street.”
Redding Beer Co. has a seating capacity of about 65 people and the owners envision it as a meeting place where strangers mingle and discuss the events of the day and, of course, beer. It has a bar and several four-person tables, but the eight-person tables occupy prominent spaces to encourage camaraderie.
“It’s a family-friendly atmosphere like that of an old English pub,” David Baulsir said. “You can come in after work and talk to people. We’re creating a community.”
Jim Baulsir added: “We have a social conscience. Craft beer is not about getting drunk — that’s what bars are for. We are not a bar, we’re a tap room. People come here to enjoy beer.”
The business joins a burgeoning brewery scene in Connecticut. Jim Baulsir said the state had 31 breweries when he decided about a year and a half ago to open his own. The state now has more than 100. Nod Hill Brewery is scheduled to open in early October about six miles away on Route 7 in Ridgefield.
Jim Baulsir works as an engineer and rushes to the tap house and brewery after work each day. David, 21, is taking a break from college to help get the business off the ground. He plans to return to college in the near future to study business.
“It’s just us. We have a lot of sweat equity in this,” Jim Baulsir said. “It’s been a homegrown adventure.”
Redding Beer Co. may be reached at 203-587-9000.
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