Oct 9 , 2016
Sanford Brewing Company Opens Taproom in Soft Opening
Sanford, FL – Sanford Brewing Company (SBC) opened its doors Saturday, October 8, 2016, in a soft opening publicized to Facebook followers. The new brewery and taproom, located at 400 South Sanford Avenue in Sanford, Florida, begins serving food on Monday, October 10.
SBC brewers Christopher Esser and Allan Jackson are working to release their own craft beers in the taproom in mid to late November. SBC is currently serving and will continue to offer hand-selected craft beer, cider, and mead from quality brewers across Florida and the Southeast. Wine and house-made craft sodas are also on the menu.
“We are ready to have our doors open and start serving those who have been supportive of our passion and our new business,” said Bo Hallowes, one of SBC’s four partners. “The outpouring of enthusiasm has been hugely rewarding to us, and we are looking forward to being a contributor to Sanford’s expanding food and entertainment offerings.”
The menu for SBC will include contemporary, upscale comfort food. On the menu are a beer cheese pretzel; seasonal bruschetta; salads, including a “Caesarish” salad with romaine lettuce, tomato, gruyere, and pretzel croutons, and an apple, kale, and spinach salad with lemon citrus vinaigrette; beer-braised bratwurst; mahogany chicken tenders; and a turkey carver sandwich. SBC will also serve specialty mac and cheese dishes, including a “make your own” option, two prime-cut hamburgers, and other items.
“We are really excited about this menu. It will bring some fresh offerings to what is available in the greater Central Florida area,” said Hallowes. “And it’s fun, like our ‘Walking Taco,” which you can grab and go if you’re just passing by.”
SBC is located in a c.1930 building on the corner of Fourth Street and South Sanford Avenue, an area that borders Sanford’s historic Georgetown community. Like the city of Sanford, the Georgetown community was established by Henry S. Sanford in the 1870s. In recognition of the era in which the building was constructed, SBC introduced design elements of the American Craftsman style in its taproom, a style that showcases the beauty of natural materials, the tasteful simplicity of clean lines, and the skills of the woodworker. The taproom bar was designed and built by local woodworker Michael Nail of Park and Seventh. The red oak wood that tops the bar was reclaimed from a c.1800 barn and has inlaid antique black walnut butterfly joints. Nail has constructed the taproom’s two large community tables, also a celebration of the Craftsman style, which are expected to be installed in the taproom this week.
The unusual, rustic terra cotta tiles on SBC walls expose the building techniques of the day. Known as hollow structural tiles, or hollow tile blocks, these hard, kiln-fired building blocks were introduced in North America in 1875 and were used into the early 20th century.
SBC’s renovation effort adds to the revitalization of South Sanford Avenue south of First Street, which began with the city’s addition of brick pavers and pedestrian-friendly streetscape a few years ago and has continued with the building improvements led by Paul Buster of Buster’s Bistro and Greg Piecora of Wop’s Hops Brewing Company.
Hours for the SBC taproom are currently set for 4 p.m. till 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. till midnight Friday and Saturday, and noon till 8 p.m. Sundays. Customers are encouraged to check the Sanford Brewing Company Facebook page (or Twitter @SanfordBrewing) for updates and events.
According to Hallowes, a grand opening event will be held when SBC’s own beers are available. The 4,500-square-foot SBC facility includes a 15-barrel (465-gallon) primary brewing system and a 3-barrel (93-gallon) pilot brewing system in addition to the taproom. After operations are established, company owners intend to distribute SBC craft beer locally and across the state of Florida.
SBC, http://www.sanfordbrewing.com/, is guided by the mission of creating quality craft beer, delivered responsibly in an entertaining venue, to delight and enlighten customers, bring value to the community, and enhance the Florida craft beer industry.
Robyn Esser, Partner
Sanford Brewing Company
400 S. Sanford Avenue, Sanford, FL 32771