Gathering Place Brewing in Riverwest plans to open a second brewery and taproom in Bay View next year.
The new location, announced Thursday afternoon, will occupy the Flour & Feed food hall and “marketplace” on the ground floor of New Land Enterprises’ Kinetik Apartments, a block and a half south of the Kinnickinnic River at 2160 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.
Founder Joe Yeado opened Gathering Place opened in 2017 at 811 E. Vienna Ave. with an emphasis on sessionable traditional European styles such as Treffpunkt kölsch and Ryed of the Valkyries dark lager. The brewery initially focused on draft sales in the taproom and at bars and restaurants but began canning beers for sale in local bottle shops – a channel that it has significantly ramped up since COVID-19 began battering hospitality businesses this spring.
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In addition to the taproom, the new location will include a 1-barrel pilot brewery allowing head brewer Corey Blodgett to test new recipes on a smaller system than the 14-barrel brewhouse in the original brewery. Yeado said he wasn’t sure yet specifically when the new location would open, citing unclear timelines on the Kinetik project.
“One of our main goals with Flour & Feed was to bring a feeling of energy and community to a forgotten and underutilized corner of Bay View,” Tim Gokhman, managing director of New Land Enterprises, said in a press release. “Gathering Place Brewing has strong ties to the neighborhood, and Joe really understands the community space we’re creating with the plaza and the adjacent Zillman Park. We are thrilled to have them as a partner in this exciting project.”
Flour & Feed and the new Gathering Place will be less than a block from 1840 Brewing on East Ward Street. Enlightened Brewing, Component Brewing, New Barons Brewing Coop are also in the neighborhood, and Supermoon Beer Co. plans to open a taproom on South Howell Avenue sometime next year. In his announcement, Yeado said he’s excited to have Gathering Place join that scene.
“As a Bay View resident, I want the neighborhood to be known as much for its beer as its outstanding restaurants and bars,” Yeado said. “We started Gathering Place Brewing with the idea of using beer and a taproom to bring the community together,” Yeado said. “We’re proud of what we’ve accomplished in three years in Riverwest and we’re excited about expanding that idea in Bay View.”