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Friends of the Jones Falls, Union Collective plan to implement green infrastructure with $50K grant

Union Collective
Union Collective Credit: Tedd Henn

Union Collective is going green with the help of the Friends of the Jones Falls advocacy group and a nearly $50,000 grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.

In 2017, Union Collective transformed an empty, 155,000-square foot Sears Roebuck warehouse into a business and manufacturing hub in the Medfield neighborhood. The collective is currently home to Union Craft Brewing, the Charmery’s ice cream factory, an Earth Treks indoor rock climbing gym, Baltimore Spirits Company, Well Crafted Kitchen and Vent Coffee Roasters.

Now, Union Collective is looking to take care of one of the community’s oldest neighbors: the Jones Falls.

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Union Collective
Union Collective. Credit: Tedd Henn

Union Collective

Union Craft Brewing's current home base was a literal shell of itself in 2017--an empty, 138,000-square-foot Sears Roebuck warehouse that sat unused for decades.

A little over two years later, it can be challenging some weekends to even find a spot on Union Collective's sprawling lot. Guests sometimes park up to the top of the sloping driveway from 41st Street, cramming in for events, concerts or just a seasonable day to enjoy a beer, a scoop from The Charmery, a whiskey tasting at Baltimore Spirits Company or something else. 

Union Collective counts those local makers as tenants, as well as Maryland-born rock-climbing gym chain Earth Treks, Vent Coffee Roasters and Well-Crafted Pizza Kitchen. A winery is now setting up shop. And there's the brewery, of course. 

Union Craft co-founders Adam Benesch, Kevin Blodger and Jon Zerivitz sought a larger space when they relocated from down the street in Woodberry. And that's just what they got, with a sprawling new tasting room, an expanded quality-control lab, a 60-barrel production system (tripling their production capacity) and more.

But they also wanted to champion Baltimore's new generation of homegrown makers, giving them a dedicated hub to create and interact with customers. 

Zerivitz now sees their dream becoming a reality. 

"We've taken a derelict building that served no purpose to the community and made it a vibrant hub of activity--not only just for consumers to come and spend a few hours and spend the whole afternoon, but also for these small local businesses to flourish." 

And there are still spots for future tenants to fill.

"We just feel like it's just gonna keep growing and it's still in its infancy. Its full potential hasn't been realized yet."

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Photos: A look inside the in-progress Union Collective

  • Union co-owner Kevin Blodger inside of what will be Union Craft Brewing's taproom. Photo by J.M. Giordano.

While Union Collective’s opening is still a few months away, Baltimore Fishbowl got a tour this morning of the massive 138,000-square-foot complex at the southern edge of Medfield that will house Union Craft Brewing, an Earth Treks Climbing Center, the Baltimore Whiskey Company, the Charmery, Vent Coffee, Huckle’s hot sauce and Well Crafted Kitchen.

We’ll be checking back in at the space before the grand opening later this spring. For now, here are a few shots of what’s in the works. (Photos by J.M. Giordano.)

Well Crafted Pizza plans new concept for Union Collective

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The creators of Well Crafted Pizza, the mobile 1949 Dodge truck that has a wood fire pizza oven built onto the back, are planning a less mobile brick-and-mortar kitchen in Union Collective.

Event Pick: Vent Coffee and Union Craft Team Up for a Tasting

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There’s a conventional reason to drink coffee and then beer in that order throughout your day, but today, Vent Coffee Roasters and Union Craft Brewing will show why the drinks need not be mutually exclusive.

Hot Plate: Vent Coffee to Join Union Collective, Harvest Festival at R. House, Thanksgiving Classes at The Corner Pantry & Avenue Kitchen & Bar

Vent Coffee Roasters will join other food-related businesses, including Union Craft Brewing and The Charmery, at Union Collective, which is slated to open in the spring of 2018.

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, most Baltimoreans’ minds and stomachs are turning to turkey and stuffing. But before the big day, there are still plenty of other things to sip and bite around town. Here’s a look at what’s happening in the Baltimore food scene this week:

Vent Coffee Roasters Joins Growing Roster at Union Collective

Photo by Amanda Adams, courtesy of Vent Coffee Roasters

Beer, rock climbing, whiskey, hot sauce, ice cream – and now coffee.

Baltimore Whiskey Company to Relocate to Medfield’s Union Collective Next Year

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Union Craft Brewing’s planned local merchant hub is filling up fast.

The Charmery to Open Factory, Second Retail Location at Union Collective in 2018

Photo by Ethan McLeod

Here’s something most Baltimoreans can agree on: What’s better than one Charmery? Two Charmeries.