Union Craft Brewing has set an opening date of July 28 for its new digs, and will throw a party to commemorate both the grand opening and the company’s sixth anniversary.
The bash will include live music from Baltimore Club DJ James Nasty, Michael Nau & The Mighty Thread and J. Roddy Walston & The Business. There will almost undoubtedly be plenty to drink; Union Craft will be pouring “classic, rare, vintage and cask beers” from its catalogue, according to an event page.
“We’re just excited to be able to throw the first big event in the space and be able to show off this brand new brewery we’ve been working so hard on,” said Union Craft co-founder and creative director Jon Zerivitz.
The party will run from 6 p.m. to midnight. Tickets, on sale now, cost $35 for admission, one beer ticket and a commemorative glass, or $60 for admission, six beer tickets and the commemorative glass. The brewery is also offering a VIP package for $100, which gets you access to a private space and bar, plus a special menu from Well Crafted Kitchen, the new food venture opening up in the adjacent Union Collective merchant space.
Zerivitz said snacks from The Local Oyster, the Gypsy Queen Cafe food truck, Ekiben and Well Crafted Kitchen will also be available to all.
The party will come a little over 14 months after Union Craft announced its planned move to a larger headquarters down the road from its current space in Woodberry. In the new facility, Union Craft will upgrade from a 20-barrel system to a 60-barrel one, letting the company ramp up its production capacity to 30,000 barrels a year right away, with room to go further. It will also house a 7,500-square-foot taproom for regulars, who fortunately won’t have to go very far compared to now.
“We are definitely at the end of the project,” Zerivitz said, while noting a “myriad of challenges” have popped up along the way. “All of the equipment is in place.”
Customers may be able to get an early look in July. Zerivitz said they are mulling opening their taproom a few weeks before the party “so we can get our feet under us and make sure the place is running.”
Also set to open soon: Union Collective, an adjacent 138,000-square-foot retail complex that will house an Earth Treks rock climbing gym, the Baltimore Whiskey Company’s new heaquarters, Vent Coffee roastery, a production space for the Charmery, Huckle’s hot sauce and Well Crafted Kitchen. (ICYMI, we got a look inside the space last month.)
A spokeswoman for the project said Wednesday that “no hard opening dates” are scheduled for the Union Collective tenants, though Earth Treks and the Charmery are on track to open first. Zerivitz added that a grand opening event will scheduled for later on.
Click here for more information about the grand opening party and to secure tickets.
This story has been updated.