By Cameron Rasmusson
The Granary District and local brewing community are about to welcome a new member to the family.
Matchwood Brewing Company announced it will open its doors Saturday, Oct. 20, with a grand-opening celebration. The opening event brings a conclusion to a long construction project that transformed a major Granary District building into a functional brewery and restaurant. Featuring a state-of-the-art brewery system, a bar made of 130-year-old Western White Pine, indoor and outdoor stages and a play area for the kids, Matchwood aims to be a neighborhood destination.
The brewery focuses on a diverse array of English and American ales to complement a food menu that emphasizes shareable plates, fresh salads and Matchwood’s signature menu item: the pasty. A comfort-food staple, the pasty is a homemade handpie filled a variety of delicious ingredients. From the traditional browned skirt steak, potato, onion and rutabaga served with gravy to the roasted chicken, peas, carrots, green beans, red potato and chicken gravy of the chicken pot pie pasty, the menu items should be a welcome addition to a couple Saturday-night beers.
Matchwood’s grand opening doubled as a benefit for a local single dad facing an extreme medical emergency. The 513 Oak St. location’s doors open at 2 p.m., with a community benefit silent auction running from 3-6 p.m. From 7 p.m.-9 p.m., Bum Jungle featuring Mike Thompson takes the stage for some musical entertainment.
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