Of the local microbreweries opening this year, Seventh Son has the most ambitious plan. A former auto garage in Italian Village will become home to the brewery, a brewpub and an event space.
“We’re hoping to get everything from wedding receptions to beer dinners to maybe an occasional music show,” said co-owner Collin Castore.
The entire 5,000-plus-square-foot building has been gutted to fit the brewery’s needs, and Castore says he hopes to be up and running within a month. With completion around the corner, the brewery has begun a Kickstarter campaign to help with the final costs. It’s a massive undertaking, but with all hands on deck from the five principals, the project seems less daunting.
“We’re all going to be sharing the operational duties. As with any startup, we’re all going to be doing a little bit of everything,” Castore said.
Travis Spencer, Jen Burton and Castore are focusing on the marketing and business end of Seventh Son, while Colin Vent and Vladimir Ponomarev share brewing duties. Vent said he wanted to slightly confuse people’s taste buds with the first two beers released — a stout and strong ale — by having memorable flavors and nontraditional recipes.
“The stout is like a medium-sized black ale. There’s a good amount of finishing dry hop in it as well,” Vent said. “The strong ale is aromatic and moderately bitter, but not enough that it could push it into that weird dark IPA category.”
Vent is doing his damnedest to get the deep amber-colored strong ale’s ABV to 7.7 because “it would be lovely for the label.”
Once the brewery is fully operational, Seventh Son will be open for growler fills a couple of times per week. The brewery, which has a full liquor license, also plans to hold pop-up bar nights eight to 10 times per month.