Ever since Diamondback Brewing Co. tapped the first keg of its contract-brewed beer in late 2014, its owners had the goal of one day opening their own brick-and-mortar brewery. They'll achieve it next Friday, when Diamondback opens its new facility and taproom to the public at McHenry Row in Locust Point, said co-owner Colin Marshall.
The 7,000-square-foot operation at 1215 Fort Ave. opens 3 p.m. Nov. 4, he said. Marshall, who owns the company with Tom Foster and Francis Smith, called the opening "a dream come true."
"It's like you've cleared one hurdle, and there's many more ahead of you," Marshall said. "But we can't wait to welcome everyone in here and start pouring some beers."
Eight Diamondback beers will be on draft in the 50-seat taproom, he said, including the first two styles brewed at the facility: Green Machine IPA, a juicy New England-style brew, and the Azacca Blonde Ale. (Diamondback previously contact-brewed out of Virginia's Beltway Brewing Co.)
Marshall described the 4.1 percent ABV Azacca as a drinkable beer and a nice introduction for novices.
"If you're new to craft beer, it's the perfect one to start with," Marshall said.
Diamondback will offer tours next Friday. Visitors will be able to order flights of beer, pints, growlers and six-packs to go. Opening weekend hours are 3 p.m.-1 a.m. Nov. 4, and 11 a.m.-1 a.m. Nov. 5 and 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Nov. 6. The facility will also be open 5 p.m.-1 a.m. Nov. 7, with 20 percent of revenue from that day to be donated to the Maryland chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
Marshall said those interested in visited beyond those dates should check the brewery's Facebook page for days and hours of operation. The plan is to eventually open seven days per week, he said.