Craft beer fans rejoice: Upper Pass Beer is having their first 'Can Sale' this weekend!
If you are a regular shopper in South Royalton, you might have noticed that the sign "For Rent" in front of 228 Chelsea Street next to the South Royalton Market has disappeared. What used to be Bob-White Systems, then an art gallery for local artist Joan Hoffman, will be renovated and turned into a tasting room for coffee and a point of sale for beer. The company moving in is Upper Pass Beer, a local brewery based in Tunbridge Vermont.
Upper Pass Beer was started about 3 years ago, by Chris Perry and Andy Puchalik. Both avid homebrewers, they decided to team up to find a space suitable to brew larger quantity of beers. They found a place in the hills of Tunbridge, and released their first beer at the Tunbridge Fair in 2015. Ivan Tomek, a local orthopedic surgeon, joined their team, and Upper Pass Beer was born. "We are on tap at some of the best craft beer bars in the state, and our beer First Drop Pale Ale, which we brew up at Von Trapp [brewery in Stowe] is our first can release," Andy said. They started brewing at Von Trapp Brewery every month, "our own brewery was too small," he added. The plan in the next few years is to build a larger brewery, but as of right now, they are pouring their energy into opening the tasting room. "Ivan and I are still working almost full time jobs and have families," Andy said, spending any free time brewing beers. "Chris will be the one spearheading our beer delivery soon," he said. They are producing 100 barrels of their signature beer every month, and the demand is there. "We are getting great feedback," Andy said, adding that "First Drop is starting to become popular statewide."
Andy Puchalik explaining to my son what coffee beans are.
The tasting room in downtown South Royalton will be opening sometimes in 2017. "We still need to do a lot of work inside, and go through some paperwork with the state" said Andy. Their first Can Sale is this coming Saturday September 3, at their future shop in town from 10-2pm. They will be selling their beer called First Drop. They will also be giving a taste of their cold brew, First Branch, to the first 50 customers.
(Original title was supposed to be "Something is brewing in South Royalton!". But I refrained myself, and went for the boring title instead.)