The new Eagle Park Brewing is about to spread its wings.
The public can get its first look at the brewery and taproom at 823 E. Hamilton St. on Saturday from 11 a.m. to midnight. Its owners are billing it as a soft opening, but the full food menu will be available, and nine house beers will be on tap. The draft offerings will include regulars like Set List IPA, Loop Station golden ale and Immortal Soul double IPA as well as some special beers held over from the closing party at its previous location in Bay View’s Lincoln Warehouse.
The brewers have already made some 50 barrels of beer on the seven-barrel system at the East Side facility — previously home to Like Minds Brewing — but they won’t be ready for another week-plus, according to Jake Schinker, who founded Eagle Park in 2015 with musician brothers Jack and Max Borgardt. The beers on tap this weekend were made at the previous location, Schinker said.
The opening culminates months of planning that could have been even longer were it not for the mash-ready brewing system that became available when Like Minds closed. Schinker said he’s less nervous than confident and just ready to get on with it.
“At this point we’re just excited that it’s finally happening. It’s been a short process in the reality of things, but we’re tired of thinking about it and we just want to do it,” Schinker said. “We know it’s going to work well. We just want to have fun and make good beer and good food for people.”
Like Minds announced in December it was closing and seeking a larger location in Bay View, but owner John Lavelle told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel last week that the brewery’s owners could not agree on a way forward and Like Minds was done.