Jacksonville’s newest brewery, Hyperion Brewing Co., holds its Grand Opening on Friday, May 19, beginning with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 4:30pm, followed by the 5pm official opening of the doors at 1740 N. Main Street in the Springfield neighborhood. The first 50 guests will receive a souvenir glass and a ticket for a free pour on the next visit. Eddis & Sons food truck will be on site with cheesesteak sandwiches. The Grand Opening weekend coincides with the Historic Springfield Tour of Homes on Saturday and Sunday afternoons.
At the end of December, the city approved the brewery plans, and construction soon began. The building dates back to the early 1930’s and once housed William Lovett’s grocery store (predecessor to Winn-Dixie) and a pawn shop. The space is now home to Jacksonville’s first nano-brewery.
Owner Alexandra (“Alex”) McKeown and Head Brewer Troy Orton have offered samples of their house beers at a number of events throughout the city. The brewery will continually brew and pour new and rotating selections on its 15 taps, rather than a repetitive defined “core” group. As certain beers gain popularity, however, the brewery is likely to offer them again and in response to demand, says McKeown. As of now, the brewery is offering 15 guest beers, including several from Jacksonville. Within a couple of weeks, Orton’s house beers will make their way onto the taps.
The tap wall includes celestial references to earth, sun and moon in an overlay against the black background, as the brewery takes its name from Greek mythology. The handles take the shape of architectural columns. Made in-house, the handles were inspired by the designs of influential Jacksonville architect Henry Klutho, who was instrumental in reconstructing local buildings after the Great Fire of 1901.
A featured tap labelled “Firm,” is reserved for members of the brewery’s loyalty club, “The Firm.” These beers will be top-tier beers, says McKeown. However, non-members can still taste that beer by purchasing a special flight known as the “Big Jim,” which holds all 15 beers. The name pays homage to the local Jacksonville Electric Authority “JEA” steam whistle that dates back to 1890 and still blows four times a day. Three-beer flights and shorter pours are also available. The bar also offers beers to-go in the popular Crowler, a 32-ounce sealed can filled with beer of your choice.
The brewery also offers a patio with umbrellas and tables. Food trucks will be featured.
Hyperion Brewing is located at 1740 N. Main Street, Jacksonville. Opening weekend tap room hours are Friday, 5-10pm; Saturday, 12-10pm; and Sunday, 2-10pm. Branded merchandise is available for purchase.
Linda Johnson, Certified Cicerone®
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