Castle Island Brewing Co….coming to South Boston?

CIB3As reported by Jon Chesto of the Boston Business Journal, it appears as though a new brewery is hoping to come to South Boston. South Boston resident Adam Romanow is actively seeking as much as 12,000 square feet of space to open Castle Island Brewing Co. Romanow tells the BBJ that he would prefer to open the brewery in Southie, but hasn’t had much luck as of yet.

The article tells how Romanow spent time as an apprentice with White Birch Brewing in Hooksett, N.H. in 2010 and 2011. His experience there prepared him to run his brewery. It seems to have served as a source of inspiration that contributed to his desire to commit to the start –up brewery.

The article estimates Romanow’s start –up investment as roughly $1.25 million.

He says he now has recipes for around ten different beers including three flagship offerings. Romanow claims the latest uptick of high-end residential condominium development has limited his options for space in certain parts of the neighborhood. He claims his future rivals have been showing him the ropes on entering the market, which is unusual in a competitive environment. Apparently, the more the better.

One of the goals of Castle Island Brewery, says Romanow, is to distribute beer to local and regional stores and restaurants. CIB also intends on having an on-site tasting component. With respect to job creation, in his first year in business he envisions five full-time employees with the staff growing to ten to fifteen people after three or four years.

With Harpoon Brewery having pioneered in an urban setting, many admire Adam Romanow for his courage to pursue his passion.