Checkerspot Brewing Co. aims for March taproom opening in South Baltimore after delays

Checkerspot Brewing Co. plans to open its South Baltimore taproom in March following construction delays.

The brewery at 175 W. Ostend St. was originally aiming to open this summer, but construction has been delayed by structural renovations at the building, co-owner Judy Neff said.

“They’re massively updating that whole building of which we’re just a small part,” Neff said.

Owned by Neff; her husband, Rob Neff; and their friend Steve Marsh, Checkerspot has been in the works more than a year.

As they have waited to get their taproom up and running, Checkerspot’s owners have teamed up with other local breweries and wineries to create collaboration beers during the course of the year. Checkerspot has made two beers with Waverly Brewing Co. (Caped Bates, a gose made with caped gooseberries, and a saison called Love Child); one with Flying Dog Brewery (Two Paws, a pale ale brewed with pawpaws); and one with Key Brewing Co. and Stillwater Artisanal Ales (an India pale lager called Landing Bolts, sold to raise funds for a skate park at Rash Field).

“We’ve been really busy with the collaborations,” Neff said.

Checkerspot will release a farmhouse beer, August October, in collaboration with Washington’s Right Proper Brewing Co. and Old Westminster Winery on Dec. 1 at Right Proper’s D.C. taproom.

Back in Baltimore, Checkerspot will soon begin pouring concrete floors and installing its 15-barrel brewhouse. The brewery aims to produce 1,000 barrels in its first year.

When the taproom opens, Neff said Checkerspot will regularly carry eight or nine beers on tap, plus one or two cask beers.

“The goal is to have something for everybody,” Neff said.

The taproom will also include a kitchen. Marsh will spearhead Checkerspot’s food offerings, and the team is looking for a chef to lead the kitchen.


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