The Garage Brewery opened it’s doors in the summer of 2019 and is only the second brewery to open in Chesapeake, VA. The 3,600 square foot space looks like a construction site within a brewery and it totally works.
Owner Ulyana Gomez, local entrepreneur and investor with a background in construction and a love for craft beer, wanted to set her space apart from the way other breweries look. By reading reviews on Yelp, customers received the vibe well, along with the friendly staff, and of course, the beer!
Ah, right, the beer! Brewed on a 7 bbl micro-system, you’ll find an assortment of beer styles on their current tap list including a seasonable “Attack of the Märzens”, an obligatory NE IPA, known as “Octane,” hopped with Citra and Mosaic, but the beer that has my attention, and seems to be the front runner of The Garage Brewery (according to Untappd) is “Boss Lady,” a fruited lacto-sour series.
Volume 1 of Boss Lady was brewed with raspberries, blueberries and blackberries, giving the beer a beautiful purple hue and can be described as more sour and sweet, rather than funky. At 5% ABV, I’m willing to bet this beer is as easy on the palate as it is on the eyes.
For their 1 year anniversary, they upped the ante in releasing Boss Lady Vol. 3, conditioned on 250lb of pineapple and apricot, creating a wildly boozy (10% ABV) and yet dangerously crushable sour ale. Customers were pleased as punch, giving Boss Lady Vol. 3 stellar ratings on Untappd.
The brewery likes to host fun themed weekday events like “Topless Tuesdays,” and it’s not what you’d think. The first 10 people to pull up to the brewery in a Jeep gets $5 off their bill, plus the opportunity to win a chance to park their Jeep inside of the brewery at the next event.
We tip off our hard hat’s to you, Ulyana, for taking the leap and opening Chesapeake, VA’s second brewery, and further diversifying our industry! Keep up the great work.
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