BERWYN – A microbrewery serving its beers on tap and wood-fired pizza is expected to open in early May in Berwyn’s Depot District.
With a conditional use permit approved by the city of Berwyn in summer 2015, Flapjack Brewery finally will open at 6833 Stanley Ave., a building the two brothers co-owning Flapjack planned to rent but eventually bought.
The 2,200-square-foot building will have eight beer taps in front with Flapjack’s beers – HopBiter copper pale ale, Boltneck coffee stout, Fantasmo vanilla cream ale and “one-offs,” such as an India pale ale, said Paul Macchione, co-owner with his brother, James.
Flapjack will sell growler containers and flights that offer a sample of each beer. Eventually, Flapjack may sell its beer outside the brewery in the surrounding area of Berwyn, Brookfield or Oak Park, he said.
“We’ll see how it goes," Paul said.
In their application to the Berwyn Zoning Board of Appeals, the brothers said they expect to produce 364 barrels of beer the first year, then 572 barrels in the second year and 780 barrels in the third year.
The brewing vats will be in the back of the building. An oven to bake Neapolitan-style pizza for sale on-site also will be toward the back.
Both brothers grew up in Berwyn and attended St. Leonard Parish School. Paul, who still lives in Berwyn, said “Flapjack” was his nickname in high school because of his love of pancakes. James lives in Chicago.
They started brewing small batches of all styles of beer in their parents’ garage in 2007 with half barrels and then full barrels. Eventually they needed more space and decided to move into a storefront to increase production.
Paul said he personally likes IPAs, along with Belgian ales and Half Acre’s Daisy Cutter pale ale.
“I like hoppier ales," he said.
Flapjack was among the many microbreweries that participated in the 2014 and 2015 Berwyn Brew Fests, which led to its new location.
Anthony Griffin, Berwyn Development Corporation executive director, said his group met in 2014 with Flapjack, “discussed the Depot District and showed them around.”
The brothers became interested in the building at 6833 Stanley Ave. and eventually closed on its sale Dec. 29.
In preparation, a Kickstarter campaign raised $20,000. There were different tiers of rewards offered for donating – stickers, bottle openers, pint glasses, T-shirts, hooded sweatshirts and a brew day with the owners, Paul said. At a flapjack breakfast right before the opening, the owners will give out the highest tier of rewards to three people who each pledged $1,500.
Flapjack will be open 2 to 10 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays and noon to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.