Slumbrew has announced that the American Fresh Taproom is coming later this month to Somerville’s upcoming Assembly Row development. The set-up is very unique as announced by the developer, Federal Realty Investment Trust – the section where the new Taproom is located is going to comprise of converted shipping containers around a beer garden.
Based on this location and set-up it appears that the developer has targeted this area of their development to showcase the local Somerville offerings, artisans and foods since the majority of the development comprises of large national retailers and food choices.
According to the official press release: American Fresh will be located near LEGOLAND Discovery Center, the AMC Theater and Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH, this outdoor location will introduce the American Fresh Taproom concept to a variety of guests. “We place a really high value on artisanal products so a lot of planning has gone into the selection of foods and planning the overall experience for our guests. Our food concept is based on working with artisan food suppliers, with an emphasis on local or regional products.” Leiter added. All of the food will be served on compostable dinnerware from Verterra. Food suppliers will rotate on a regular basis, but initially includes Fiore Di Nonno and Great Hill Creamery cheese, Olli and Creminelli Meats, When Pigs Fly Breads, Taza Chocolate, Grillo’s Pickles, soups and sandwiches and, for dessert, the Somerville tradition of a Fluffernutter treat.
The taproom will hold a soft opening July 30 and July 31, with a public opening planned for August 1. On the menu will be sandwiches, charcuterie plates, and more, in addition of course to its own beers. The area will have seating for 60 and as of press time the hours are slated to be: 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM Monday through Saturday and 12:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Sundays. There is word that there will be heaters as well so that outside seating areas can perhaps be open until the end of October, weather permitting.
“American Fresh, as a craft beer and food project, has been a dream we’ve had on the backburner for a long time. When asked by Federal Realty to bring Slumbrew and our American Fresh concept to this exciting new area of Somerville, we were thrilled with the opportunity. It’s an exciting time of growth for us.” said Jeff Leiter, co-founder of Somerville Brewing Company.
Earlier this year Slumbrew also announced the upcoming opening of their brewery and taproom on Ward Street, just southeast of Union Square. Currently, they make their Slumbrew beers out of Mercury Brewing Company in Ipswich.