3 craft brewers change their towns

3 craft brewers change their towns

Microbrewery revival promotes more dynamic urbanscapes
Boulevard Brewing opened in 1989, in Kansas City, Mo., in the Westside neighborhood, creating a brewery out of a building that had been a railroad’s laundry. While it probably would have been cheaper for the company to be in the suburbs, the brewery’s managers are “committed urbanists” who like the idea of contributing to the vitality of the central city as opposed to building on undeveloped land in the suburbs, says Boulevard’s CFO, Jeff Crum.
This combination photo shows, left, a 1986 photo provided by the Harpoon Brewery of the brewery under construction and right, patrons sampling a variety of beers at the Beer Hall on July 1, 2013 in Boston. Harpoon Brewery opened on the South Boston waterfront in 1986, when it was surrounded by auto body shops and little else. Now the brewery draws more than 85,000 people a year from tours and tastings, and thousands more from festivals.
This combination photo shows, left, Nico Freccia, co-founder and chief operating officer of the 21st Amendment Brewery, posing for a photo at his bar in San Francisco, and a file photo of construction on the eastern span of the Oakland-San Francisco Bay Bridge. Amendment Brewery has opened offices in the East Bay, and is scouting space there for a 80,000-square-foot brewery, hoping to “help anchor the revitalization” of an Oakland neighborhood.

3 craft brewers change their towns

Boulevard Brewing opened in 1989, in Kansas City, Mo., in the Westside neighborhood, creating a brewery out of a building that had been a railroad’s laundry. While it probably would have been cheaper for the company to be in the suburbs, the brewery’s managers are “committed urbanists” who like the idea of contributing to the vitality of the central city as opposed to building on undeveloped land in the suburbs, says Boulevard’s CFO, Jeff Crum.
This combination photo shows, left, a 1986 photo provided by the Harpoon Brewery of the brewery under construction and right, patrons sampling a variety of beers at the Beer Hall on July 1, 2013 in Boston. Harpoon Brewery opened on the South Boston waterfront in 1986, when it was surrounded by auto body shops and little else. Now the brewery draws more than 85,000 people a year from tours and tastings, and thousands more from festivals.
This combination photo shows, left, Nico Freccia, co-founder and chief operating officer of the 21st Amendment Brewery, posing for a photo at his bar in San Francisco, and a file photo of construction on the eastern span of the Oakland-San Francisco Bay Bridge. Amendment Brewery has opened offices in the East Bay, and is scouting space there for a 80,000-square-foot brewery, hoping to “help anchor the revitalization” of an Oakland neighborhood.
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