I stopped by the future home of the Benson Brewery at 6059 Maple St. last week for a sneak peek of the brewpub, which is set to open soon. (Owner Ryan Miller said he was aiming for around June1.) The space, which is a blend of modern and rustic, will have plenty of indoor seating, a patio facing Maple Street and a big beer garden out back. The brewery will offer a full menu that's a bit more upscale than typical bar fare, though Miller said the details still were being revised.
As with any brewery, the main attraction will be the beer. Miller put Andy Elliott, who apprenticed at the Odell Brewing Co. in Fort Collins, Colo., in charge of the beer production. When the Benson Brewery opens, Miller said he expects to have on tap four or five beers made on site, including one he's especially excited about, made from wheat and grapes. After a few months, Miller said, he hopes to offer 12 or more housemade brews. The plan is to eventually produce 750 to 1,100 barrels of beer a year.