Almanac Beer co-founders and gypsy brewers Jesse Friedman and Damian Fagan are sneaking in the last restaurant opening of 2016. The beer company’s first physical storefront soft opens today, December 30th in the former home of Sous Beurre Kitchen on 24th Street.
With a taproom to call their own, Friedman and Fagan will showcase a couple 24th Street-exclusive beers at launch including a “New Taproom Smell” unfiltered IPA and a Nectarine Cobbler sour blonde brewed with nectarines, vanilla and baking spices. The rest of the 15-beer draft list is dominated by Almanac’s signature barrel-aged beers like variations on the Farmer’s Reserve and the popular Saison Dolores. Also on draft are house red and white wines blended by The Morris’ Paul Einbund, a dry cider from Sonoma’s Tilted Shed and no-ABV house ginger ale. For those who’d rather drink off-site, the taproom will only be selling bottled beer to-go for now, but growler refills are coming in the near future.
On the solid foods front, chef Chad Arnold (Dopo) and sous Rob Ramshur (Mourad) have crafted a menu of meaty, beer-friendly pairings like the Instagrammable coiled duck sausage sandwich made with beer and porchetta, a vegetarian banh mi with mushroom pate and housemade charcuterie. The snacks section also includes beer nerd tie-ins like french fries with citra hop salt or bread with malt butter. Check the full opening menu below.
The space itself is a low-key 74 seats indoors with additional seating for 25 (plus standing room) in the year-round beer garden outside. Decor comes from design firm DKNG, whose work you’ll also find adorning Almanac’s retro-deco bottles and cans.
Almanac Taproom is open Tuesday through Sunday from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. nightly.