James Dugan, Andy Miller, and Paul Reiter own Great Notion Brewing, and this summer, they took over the former The Mash Tun Brew Pub space at 2204 NE Albert to open their first brewpub. Now they're poised to officially open January, 1 2016. The Great Notion taproom will serve food and drink, including cocktails and 12 guest taps, but its full line of beers won't kick off until March 5. Until then, you will find "limited samples" of its beers available, likely beginning with its flagship IPA.
When it comes to beer, Great Notion's brews aren't typical. Sure, it makes a stout with chocolate and coffee and hop-forward beers, but it's also aging sour beers in amphora coated with beeswax. Part of the Great Notion Amphora Project, the aging regiment adds a "unique honey-like character," according to the brewery.
In the kitchen, chef Ryan O'Connor (Vita Café, Helser's on Alberta) will prepare a seasonal menu of "Americana food with influences spanning the Western Hemisphere." Designed to be different from that of The Mash Tun, the menu includes dishes like Succotash Tacos, Philly Empanadas, and Mac and Cheese, featuring sharp English cheddar, smoked Gouda, Muenster, and Roquefort. To highlight its family-friendly vibe, the brewpub will let kids eat for $1 on Wednesdays all January.
When it opens in January, Great Notion Brewing will serve dinner nightly and lunch Friday through Sunday.