Birmingham's burgeoning Rail District, a part of the city that's emerged in recent years as both chic and family friendly, will now count a microwbrewery and restaurant among its businesses, that include a popular swim school and various boutiques.
Ground for Griffin Claw Brewing Company, the latest endeavor by the owners of Big Rock Chophouse and The Reserve, was broken July 12 and construction is to be completed by March 2013. When finished there will be a tasting room, restaurant and outdoor garden at 575 S. Eton St.
The new 12,000-squqre-foot facility will be the new home for Big Rock Chophouse's award-winning beer, made by brewmaster Dan Rogers. The beer will be brewed in energy-efficient equipment lined with a ceramic insulating coating similar to what's used on space shuttles.
What's made will be served at Griffin Claw and also distributed as Griffin Claw owners, Norman and Bonnie LePage, capitalize on the public's growing interest and preference for craft products. Griffin Claw Brewing Company is envisioned as a neighborhood spot where bike racks will be plentiful and nearby residents can walk to and from dinner or drinks.
Griffin Claw will be located next to the innovative Robot Garage that has taken Lego and robot building to a whole new level.
Source: Griffin Claw Brewing Co. and City of Birmingham Planning Board
Writer: Kim North Shine