By Melinda Baird, firstname.lastname@example.org
Fans of Chelsea Alehouse Brewery must be patient a bit longer before the pub reopens its doors at a new location. But, according to the owners’ hints, it’ll be worth the wait.
Chris Martinson, who owns the business with his wife Aubrey, said he anticipates the Chelsea Alehouse reopening at 115 South Main Street in early May. The pub has been temporarily closed since late February when the Martinson’s began the process of moving from the Chelsea Clocktower Complex to the new downtown location. Now sandwiched between Cleary’s and Smokehouse 52, across the street from Common Grill and sharing a parking lot with purple Rose Theatre, the newly-located Alehouse will become a part of the vibrant mix of downtown Chelsea.
Martinson said he and his wife have been inundated on social media with the big question: “When are you going to reopen?”
“There is a lot of excitement out there, and we’re just as excited as everyone else. I assure you, we are moving as fast as we can!” Martinson said.
The downtown location, besides being situated in the very heart of Chelsea, will allow for an expanded kitchen, and therefore, an expanded menu. Along with new food offerings (not yet revealed), the beer list will also be expanded from eight to twelve beers on tap to eighteen-plus. The Martinson’s are in the process of switching from a microbrewery license to brewpub license with the goal of producing their own beer while also bringing in more beers from regional breweries for tasting.
Regular patrons need not worry as tried and true Alehouse events such as bluegrass band Thunderwude on Wednesdays, jazz on Sundays and Trivia on Tuesdays will pick up where they left off. Additional food and beer pairing events centered on beer education will also be included in the mix, Martinson said.
The Chelsea Alehouse Brewery first opened at the Clocktower in December 2012. With a five-year lease coming to its end, Martinson said the opportunity to relocate downtown was ideal.
By the way, anyone interested in becoming part of the Alehouse team may fill out an online application at chelseaalehouse.com or Chelsea Alehouse Brewery Facebook page. All positions are open, including hosts, servers and kitchen staff.