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Small Batch Grand Opening a Success

The grand opening weekend for Small Batch Beer Co. was a pretty CROWDED affair, as you might know if you happened to stop by around 4:30-5 PM on Saturday afternoon. Only 30 minutes after the official grand opening, they’d already hit capacity and had a line forming at the door.

By around 6 PM, the crush had dissipated a little, but the bar stayed busy the entire night. From talking with some of the other patrons, it seemed that Kranked (coffee stout made with Krankie’s Railhead Espresso) and Limonhead (citrusy IPA) were big favorites. The Match Day session IPA was one of my personal favorites, as an easy drinker with a great hoppy aroma.

If you missed out on the Grand Opening, they’ll be reopening this Wednesday (Nov. 13th) at 4 PM, and they’ll be randalling their Ginger wheat ale through butterscotch candies in order to make “ButterBeer” for all you Harry Potter fans. I think I’ll skip ButterBeer in favor of some Thanksgiving Day Leftovers, their cranberry sauce saison.

Brewery hours going forward will be Wednesday-Friday: 4PM-2AM, Saturday: 12PM-2AM, and Sunday: 12PM-12AM. Monday and Tuesday’s are their dedicated “brew days” for the foreseeable future, and the bar will not be open those days. If they keep drawing crowds like they did to the opening, they may have to start brewing nights, too.

I was also able to snap some pictures of the space on Friday at their soft opening. I think they’ve done a great job with the bar, and I especially love the group seating in the back. I hope we’ll be able to hold a Triad beer meetup there sometime in the near future!

Small Batch's Grand Opening Tap List

Grand Opening Beer List

Small Batch Preopening Party

Friday Night’s soft opening

Seating facing 5th Street

Picnic on 5th Street

Small Batch Friday Night Pre-opening Party

View from the back at Friday’s soft opening

Group Seating around old cable tables

Group seating near the back of the space.

One of Small Batch's co-owner's, Ryan, discussing their beer with customers.

One of Small Batch’s owner’s, Ryan, discussing their beer with customers.

Small Batch's Grand Opening Tap Lineup

Small Batch Beer Grand Opening Announced!

Ryan Blain of Small Batch Beer Co. officially announced on The Less Desirables podcast that they would be opening their doors this Saturday, Nov. 9th at 4 pm. Eight beers on tap to start, including a couple that they’ve never had at a tasting before!

Tap List:

  • Limonhead – 8.1% citrus brewed IPA
  • Big Bold Amber – 6.9% amber ale
  • The Ginger – 5.7% pale wheat brewed with ginger
  • Kranked – 5.2% stout brewed with Krankie’s Railhead Espresso (new name for the Perkolator!)
  • Match Day – 4.3% match day session IPA

Brand New Seasonals:

  • Monster Mash – 6.1% pumpkin porter
  • Thanksgiving Day Leftovers – saison brewed with cranberry sauce
  • Sweet Potato PIEnt – 5.3% brown ale brewed with sweet potatoes.

Besides their beer, they’ll also carry a bottle selection, be serving five or six cocktail drinks made with locally sourced ingredients and bar-infused liquors, and they’ll have a small Scotch selection. I expect that there will be a line around the block by 4 pm!

They’ll be releasing more information about the opening on their Facebook page and over Twitter, so follow them there to get the latest dirt!

Listen to the Podcast yourself here! Ryan’s interview starts around 2:30 in.