West Side is one step closer to beer

It’s officially official.

Two Weeks Notice Brewing Co. recently closed on its space on Baldwin Street in West Springfield and has started work on the new facility, including demolition and the rolling in of some equipment.

There had been some concern raised by city officials regarding whether or not Two Weeks Notice would have enough parking to support a taproom, but the company took care of that by securing space for an additional 90 spots, so the plan is to proceed with a full taproom and can sales.

Brewer Mark Avery said the plan is to get the brewing operation up and running first in order to get kegs out, and then shift the focus to the taproom and retail side of the building. The goal is to be operational by late summer or early fall.

It’s an exciting time for Western Massachusetts, namely the lower Pioneer Valley. Two other breweries are also aiming for openings in that same timespan – Holyoke Craft Beer in the STEAM Building on Race Street in Holyoke, and Kismet Brewing Company in Westfield, the baby of Avery’s former Two Weeks Notice partner Rich DeSousa and his wife Liz.

Speaking of Westfield breweries, there are plans in the works for another brewery.

Popular restaurant/bar/bakery/homebrew supply shop Skyline Trading Company on Elm Street in Westfield recently announced its plans to open its own brewery at a currently undisclosed second location.

In an effort to raise money for the project, Skyline will host the Skyline Family Picnic on July 28 at Strathmore Park in Russell. More info on that can be found on its Facebook events page.

As if you need reminding, Western Mass Beer Week is almost upon us. There are so many great events and great people involved and the list is always growing, so instead of trying to get through all of it, here’s the link to the schedule. Do yourself a favor and be a part of this great week.


Last, but certainly not least, a personal note.

As some of you know (and some don’t), my wife and I were once foster parents. During that time, we saw and experienced the rewards, but also the immense challenges children and families face while involved with DCF and the state foster care system. While we are no longer actively fostering children, we still feel a strong desire to support other families and children.

That’s why last year I, under the moniker of my homebrewing operation, Jumping Comet Brewing, and Blake Bryan, manager of Paddy’s Irish Pub, collaborated on a terrific event showcasing local homebrewers, while raising funds that would help children in foster care and the families that open their hearts and homes to them. The first event, which was hastily thrown together in a couple of months, was a huge success, raising more than $2,200 for the Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange.

This year, we’re back at it, and it’s going to be bigger and better. This year, the Homebrew Showcase benefits All Our Kids Inc., a regional Western Massachusetts nonprofit founded in 2017 to strengthen the sense of community among foster and adoptive families in Western Massachusetts, engage the public in supporting these families, and raise awareness about the needs of children in foster care.

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Advanced ticket bundles for the August 4 event are on sale now for a $25 donation. The bundle includes guaranteed admission for the sampling of beers for 15 local homebrewers, food, and an exclusive Homebrew Showcase T-shirt. Admission will be available the day of the event for $15, but is not guaranteed (space dependent) and does not include a T-shirt. Last year’s event was near-capacity, so we recommend you take advantage of the bundle!

We hope you come by and help us support children and the very special people who give them not only a home but also love.

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