Beer isn’t the only draw, though. In addition to about 20 taps, the new brewery will also have a full kitchen with a small menu of salads, appetizers and pizzas cooked in a stone hearth pizza oven. Outside there are plans for food truck spaces as well. “We’re building two spots for them,” Duensing says. “Since our menu is fairly narrow, we’re hoping food trucks can find some success in coming out and supplementing that.”
As for activities and entertainment, the outdoor beer garden includes a stage area for live music, and inside there’s an indoor miniature golf course. “We have 11,000 square feet of taproom space,” Duensing says. “We wanted to find something to give people a reason to come out and see our spot, something adults can have fun with. Or they can bring their families and kids and enjoy that as well.”
The sprawling 6.3-acre lot also offers space to spread out. Duensing says: “We’re trying to make it as accommodating to people as we can. If they want to get a little bit away from the building and sit at a picnic table, they can. And then of course we have the more traditional beer garden where people can congregate and be a little more social.”
So which part of Great Escape’s great expansion are you most excited about? Hopefully we’ll see you out on the beer garden next year!