As of yesterday, both Benchmark Brewing and Deft Brewing are open again.
Benchmark was forced to shut their doors on January 23 “due to a suspension of our ABC license, that was triggered by the state tax board,” the brewery announced on Facebook. Yesterday, they posted this message: “We are open today at HQ and are working on hours for the coming days and for Benchmark Brewing Company – Bay Park cheers.”
In an e-mail today, co-founder Rachael Akin told WC that, for today, Benchmark HQ is open 12 to 10 p.m. and Benchmark Bay Park is open 5 to 10 p.m. Tomorrow, Benchmark HQ will be open 12 to 8 p.m. and Benchmark Bay Park will be open 12 to 7 p.m. Beyond that is unclear, so be sure to check the company’s social media pages for updated information.
Deft Brewing is back after “a geyser appeared out of the blue coming from a fire sprinkler system water line under our building,” said co-founder Mo Nuspl in an e-mail newsletter. “It looked like a total disaster when the water receded later in the afternoon, leaving inches of water, mud and muck everywhere.”
There are still some repairs to make, and they reported a lost batch of beer, but Deft’s Bay Park tasting room is back open with new hours: Monday to Thursday 4 to 9 p.m., Friday to Saturday 12 – 9 p.m., and Sunday 12 to 8 p.m.
Expect new beers at such as a Munich dunkel, a Belgian dubbel, a coffee porter, an apple wheat, an experimental “hazy-ish” IPA, and a new black/brown IPA.