Adding to Napa’s budding beer scene is the upcoming Tannery Bend Beerworks, a collaboration between Oenotri owners Tyler Rodde and Lauren Duncan and brewmaster Matt Cromwell. The trio are teaming up to open a brewery and tasting room at 101 Coombs St. in Napa come January or February 2016 that will serve Cromwell’s beer and Oenotri’s food. “There will be some food, probably small plates; whether that comes from the restaurant or if Tyler decides to create something completely different to service that, we’re not sure yet,” Cromwell told Eater. “There won’t be the Oenotri menu there, but it wouldn't surprise me if there’s a pizza oven.” As for the beer, Cromwell has access to Oenotri’s gardens, which provides him with some pretty unique ingredients to use in the brewing. “Tyler came by with some candy cap mushrooms a couple months ago, and they have this overwhelming scent of maple syrup,” Cromwell said. “It’s a really sweet and syrupy ingredient, so it was like, ‘What can we do with it?’” The first beers will be a red IPA and a saison.
The 1,500-square-foot space has room to fit maximum 25 people with 10 bar seats — for now. “We've alway wanted to have a larger production facility, so I imagine this space will always be a tasting room, but in a year or two we'd like to move to a larger facility where can put in a 15-barrel system,” Cromwell said.” Hours will be limited at first from about 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. “We're really just trying to run it more like a tasting room and less like a full-on brewpub,” Cromwell explained. Stay tuned for more details as opening nears.