Brewery looking to open taproom, beer garden

  • Down the Road Brewery owner Donovan Bailey leans against a pallet of kegs in the still-under-construction brewery’s loading dock. For The Recorder/David Rainville

For The Recorder
Published: 7/19/2017 5:06:19 PM

The crew at Down the Road Brewery has been working like gangbusters to get their new brewery and taproom ready for the summer.

Once its doors open, it will be the third brewery and taproom in Everett, making the North Shore city a destination for lovers of craft beer. Down the Road is just a mile’s drive from Night Shift Brewing and Bone Up Brewing Co., which share a street with Short Path Distillery.

“I’ve been a home-brewer for a long time,” said owner Donovan Bailey. “I had some money saved and wanted to do something new.”

Through partnerships with other brewers, Bailey was able to start making beer before building a brewery. Down the Road is currently contract brewing — making their beer at established breweries — and self-distributing its beverages. Construction has been going on for about a year, and when it’s done, owner Donovan Bailey will be brewing and serving his beers under his own roof.

Down the Road plans to have a taproom open five or six nights a week, with games and a stage for live music. A huge window behind the bar looks into the brewery and canning line. An outdoor beer garden and a rooftop deck are also in the works. They plan to host food trucks, giving guests variety and letting Down the Road focus on beer, rather than running a kitchen. It will also feature a pinball arcade.

Pinball machines are Bailey’s other passion. He’s spent hours on them, but you won’t find him reigning over the scoreboard. Bailey’s love of the machines isn’t in playing them — it’s in fixing them.

“I love the mechanical nature of pinball machines,” he said. “They are almost like Rube Goldberg machines.”

Bailey hopes to have the top-10 solid-state pinball tables made since the 1970s, as well as several other tables on a rotating basis.

Bailey also enjoys tinkering with his brews. The brewery currently makes about 15 different beers and plans to add a pilot system that will allow them to make and serve small-batch, experimental beers. Their beer is available throughout the state, including at Ryan and Casey Liquors in Greenfield, though they’re looking to expand sales through Franklin County.

Bailey plans to bring three of his beers to the festival: Pukwudgie Pale Ale, Rasenmäher Kölsch, and something on the hoppier side — perhaps their Seventh Star IPA or Queequeg’s Revenge.

For more information, visit:
downtheroadbrewery.com.




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