Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Goat Patch Brewing launches at Lincoln

Posted By on Tue, Aug 9, 2016 at 3:50 PM

The Ivywild School-esque Lincoln Center development at 2727 N. Cascade Ave. has come to life with the openings of the Lincoln St. Barbers, Building3 Coffee Roasters, CrossFit SoCo and Omtastic Yoga. ReVibe Pilates will soon join the party, as well as baker David McInnis’s yet-to-be-named venture. You may also recall that Local Relic brewing had signed on to be the beer presence, later pulling out.

click to enlarge A look at what's to come, around spring 2017. - COURTESY GOAT PATCH BREWING
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  • A look at what's to come, around spring 2017.

Which left an opening for another beer entity, which has thus-far only put up a teaser image of a goat’s face on the doors of suites 117 and 123. Turns out that’s part of the logo for Goat Patch Brewing Co., which anticipates an early spring 2017 opening.

Though the goat’s the logo, the name actually refers to a style of beard, which GPB brewer Darren Baze has worn for years — banded into a long thin braid that reaches to his belt. Anyone who knows him from his five years at Bristol Brewing, three at Trinity or the past four at Colorado Mountain Brewery’s west location, knows that beard. And more importantly, his beer potential.
click to enlarge The teaser logo on the door of the future tasting room at the Lincoln Center. - MATTHEW SCHNIPER
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  • The teaser logo on the door of the future tasting room at the Lincoln Center.

Baze — joined here by his wife Cate and co-owners Justin and Jen Grant — originally played around on Bristol’s experimental sour Skull and Bones series, and has recently headed up CMB’s seasonal selections on a 3.5-barrel system, occasionally brewing up north with Andy Bradley on his 10-barrel setup. GPB aims to launch bigger, with a 15-barrel outfit that’ll provide room to grow. Expect 12 brews, half flagships and half rotating, in the taproom (occupying the aforementioned suites, plus a patio).

A teaser of a couple labels to expect: Baze makes an American lager he's proud of, which will most appeal to the typical Bud drinker, he says, as a very approachable brew. He's also fond of the first recipe he ever wrote, a red ale. And he'll produced limited sours for that crowd. 

The brewing facility, not open to the public, will be located in suite 120 across the hall, in Lincoln’s old auditorium. Baze says he’ll likely add a canning line later, but do keg distribution fairly early on. GPB won’t offer any food as they’ll support their neighbors and food trucks. 
click to enlarge Justin and Jen Grant (left) and Darren and Cate Baze. - MATTHEW SCHNIPER
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  • Justin and Jen Grant (left) and Darren and Cate Baze.

A little more info on the partners: Chicago native Cate Baze does home healthcare work with Justin Grant, an ex Army Ranger originally from Maine. Through that work, the couples became good friends a few years ago, and all four hope to be around the brewery in some capacity, though Jen Grant is a stay-at-home-mom with three children, so she's most limited on hours. Really, Darren will be the only day-to-day face as the full-time brewer, but expect to meet the others at some point in the tasting room. 

Here's a look at what the pre-renovated space looks like today:

click to enlarge This former auditorium will convert to a full-scale brewing operation over the next several months. - MATTHEW SCHNIPER
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  • This former auditorium will convert to a full-scale brewing operation over the next several months.

click to enlarge Much like what happened at Ivywild School, chalkboards will give way to menu boards and desks chairs will yield to bar stools. - MATTHEW SCHNIPER
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  • Much like what happened at Ivywild School, chalkboards will give way to menu boards and desks chairs will yield to bar stools.

click to enlarge Justin Grant points out the three spaces which Goat Patch Brewing will occupy inside the larger school complex. - MATTHEW SCHNIPER
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  • Justin Grant points out the three spaces which Goat Patch Brewing will occupy inside the larger school complex.

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