As 2015 ended, regulars mourned last call at Doughtery’s Pub in Mt. Vernon. But the space on W. Chase St. won’t remain without beer for long.
PJ and Josh Sullivan are set to open a new craft beer bar, which will offer beers from around the world, and, in the future, the brothers’ own brew. It’s named Wet City in honor of Baltimore’s status as a center of opposition to Prohibition (meaning, the city kept slinging booze). In addition to beer, they plan to serve craft cocktails and food.
The Sullivans’ beer has already been available locally, having won Parts and Labor’s Mash Bash for two years in a row, and the Baltimore Craft Beer Festival’s homebrewing competition. Their Black IPA also appeared at WTMD’s homebrew competition. Entrepreneurship is also in their bios, with Josh Sullivan owning the craft cocktail company Post Prohibition and PJ Sullivan owns branding and design firm Hardly Square.
The bar is slated to open in the spring, joining Brewhouse No. 16 and Waverly Brewing Company as new beer-focused spots to open in the last six months. Until they open, Wet City’s Instagram feed has a good roundup of what they’re trying.
Here is the press release about the bar:
Baltimore brothers and entrepreneurs Josh and PJ Sullivan will team up to bring a new bar to the City’s Mount Vernon neighborhood in early spring 2016. The bar, to be named Wet City—as a nod to Baltimore’s defiance during Prohibition—will occupy the former home of popular Dougherty’s Pub, a City destination for more than 30 years, on the first floor of 223 West Chase Street, Baltimore, MD 21201.Dougherty’s owners Bill and Sherry Dougherty closed the award-winning Irish bar December 19, 2015 with plans to retire. Wet City co-owner PJ: “It’s been an honor working with Bill and Sherry on the transition. They’re great people and it’s easy to see how their easygoing warmth has made Dougherty’s a neighborhood staple for so many years. My brother and I live in the neighborhood and we’d love to see Wet City become a spot for neighbors to hangout, as well as offering the rest of the city another reason to spend time in Mt. Vernon.”According to Wet City co-owner Josh Sullivan, opening a craft beer bar has been a family dream for the past few years. “We’re looking forward to having beer from all over the world on tap. I’m someone who wants to try everything, and I want to give customers the opportunity to try some cool beers that they won’t often see on tap. It’ll be a place for beer-lovers and people open to expanding their palette.”Wet City has plans to offer its own house-beer as well. Josh adds, “There’s no doubt that Baltimore’s beer movement is gaining momentum, and I see Baltimore becoming a beer destination in the coming years. We hope to round out the local brew options by offering craft beer with more of an experimental focus, with smaller, more frequent runs than you might find with a larger brew house.”In addition to craft beer, Wet City Brewing will offer a selection of smart cocktails and seasonal fare prepared fresh from local ingredients. The bar concept builds on Josh’s expertise as former Maryland Club bar manager, and owner of Post Prohibition, a popular Baltimore-based blog [http://postprohibition.com] celebrating the craft of the cocktail. Josh is also part of the homebrew team that has taken first place at Baltimore Craft Beer Festival’s Homebrewing Competition and Nepenthe and Parts & Labor’s first two homebrewing competitions called Mash Bash.PJ is the co-founder of Hardly Square [http://hardlysquare.com], a Baltimore-based strategy, branding, and design firm responsible for creating websites and some of the brands for the region’s top restaurants, markets and destinations including Belvedere Square, Lexington Market, Artifact Coffee, Café Cito, The Senator Theatre and The Charles.
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