Baymeadows brewery almost on tap

Baymeadows brewery almost on tap

Originally published by Karen Brune Mathis at Jax Daily Record

Wicked Barley Brewing Co. wants to tap into its proposed Baymeadows brewery.

“We are finally getting close to making Wicked Barley a physical reality after two years of planning and hard work,” said Tobin Turney, a partner in the brewery.

Turney said the total investment will be $2.5 million.

The city is reviewing a permit for WG Pitts Co. to build the project at 4100 Baymeadows Road.

The application shows a job cost of $1.65 million for the 7,260-square-foot building on 2.33 acres. Two-thirds of the space is dedicated to the brewery and the rest used for front-of-the-house operations, the tap room and dining.

It also will feature a beer garden and a covered deck overlooking Goodby’s Creek. It should seat about 130 people.

The property, at southeast Baymeadows Road and Goodby’s Creek, is a half-mile east of San Jose Boulevard.

Plans include a dock that would be accessible by boat. Turney said his group has an approved permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the St. Johns River Water Management District.

Partners are Turney, Philip Maple and Brett Baker. Maple’s father, Bob Maple, will come out of retirement to join the team in the brewery.

Turney said they expect it will take six to eight weeks for the building permit and construction would start soon after.

He said clearing should start by mid-July and the building should be completed by early next year, although the timeline will be better known after construction begins.

The brewery had been expected to open by the end of this year. Turney said new construction always is a challenge, “especially when it is your first project.”

“The biggest issue we faced was probably being overly optimistic,” he said.

Next time, he said, “we’ll under promise and over deliver.”

August 24, 2015
Posted in: Press

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