I covered the groundbreaking for my day job – read the entire story here.
Here's the tl;dr summary:
- The 25,000 sq. ft. facility is expected to open in fall of 2018, complete with a 120-person tasting room.
- It can house up to 1,500 barrels, which will age beers for upwards of 30 months.
- Head brewer Phil Markwoski described the vision as something more like a winery than a traditional brewery, given the hundreds of barrels that will be used.
- He added that other winemaking materials like concrete tanks and foudres will be used in the barrel-aging process.
- It's situated on 2.5 acres of land adjoining the existing brewery. Plans for Area Two include a deck overlooking wetlands that will be beautified as part of the project.
- The brews that Area Two will serve upon its opening are already in progress. You can expect Two Roads' award-winning Hexotic to be on tap.
- Two Roads has planted an orchard to grow fruits like sour cherries, black currants, raspberries and elderberries to use in the sour and barrel-aging brewery.
- Neil Hauck, the architect whose firm Neil Hauck Architects is designing Area Two, described it as "Part Disney World, part science lab."
This will certainly put Two Roads on the map (as if it wasn't already). Fall of 2018 can't come soon enough!
In other Two Roads news, I attended the Connecticut Girls Pint Out panel at the brewery earlier this week. Expect a post on my takeaways very soon!
While I was there, I tried their unfiltered pale lager, Miles 2 Go.
I liked it. It had what my unrefined palate detected as a flowery finish.