The Labor Day celebration is being touted as “Beer Naked’s Labrew Day Music Festival.”
Petrelli and Jasinski say they’ll have at least two food vendors there, Tito’s Taqueria and the Nutmeg’s truck, and possibly more. “Beer and food trucks together are a big thing right now,” says Petrelli. “It’s a great mix.”
Beer Naked Brewery officially opened its doors on July 1 with a kickoff celebration that featured live music, a pig roast, and food from Brattleboro-based Andrzej’s Polish Kitchen. Though Jasinski and Petrelli ultimately have plans to serve food inside the brewery, the kitchen and restaurant areas are still under renovation. In the meantime, they’ve paired up with food truck vendors.
Andrzej’s Polish Kitchen has been outside the brewery nearly every weekend, but Andrzej couldn’t be there to serve food last weekend, which is where the Nutmeg’s owner, Shelley Lockyear, came in. “Andrzej and I met at Strolling of the Heifers and have become really good friends,” says Lockyear. “When he couldn’t make it, he suggested us (to Petrelli and Jasinski).”
Lockyear says Sunday’s trip to the top of Hogback was a success for the Nutmeg’s food truck. “It was a great, lovely crowd,” says Lockyear. “It’s a beautiful location. I think they’re going to do well up there. It’s a great addition to our little valley.”
Lockyear describes the atmosphere outside the brewery as festive, noting that other than a few regulars who drove from Wilmington to pick up food from the truck, nearly everyone stuck around at the brewery’s outdoor space, which has plenty of picnic tables and onsite parking, to enjoy a beer and eat their food. “It just created such a nice atmosphere having people sitting outside and enjoying the day,” says Lockyear. “And it’s lovely for kids and for dogs, too.”
Jasinski says she and Petrelli are aiming to brew 90 gallons of beer per week. Their newly-launched website, beernakedbrewery.com, lists four beers available this week. A 16-ounce pour of any of them is $7, and growlers range in price from $15 to $25.
Meanwhile, the pair is busy renovating the rest of the old Skyline space so they can open the restaurant side of the brewpub, which they hope will happen by early January (“We’re getting there,” says Petrelli). They say pizzas similar to what they served at Pizzapalooza in Wilmington will be available, but the menu will be scaled back.
“We’re going to minimize what we were doing down in Wilmington, make it a lot more simple,” says Jasinski. “It’ll be more about the beer, but we’ll also have really great tasting pizza.”
“It’s almost going to be more of a beer garden,” says Petrelli. “It’ll be a low-key, easygoing, come-as-you-are place. It’ll be set up for coming in, having some great beers, listening to music, and having some great pies.”
Jasinski says the plan is to always have a Vermont cider on tap for those who are gluten-free, and she’d like to source some local wines for non-beer drinkers, too. Petrelli says long-term plans at the space may include an outdoor beer garden space. There will also be four new studio apartments into the building.
The pair plan to continue to host outdoor celebrations once the indoor space is open, too. The upcoming Labor Day celebration will feature live music from several bands, food from the Nutmeg and Tito’s Tacos, and possibly more. After sundown, fires will be lit in the brewery’s several outdoor fire pits. “These weekend celebrations will get bigger and better as time goes on,” says Petrelli.
Jasinski and Petrelli are grateful for the early success they’ve seen with the brewery, which has garnered several five-star reviews on Facebook.
“We can’t do it without people coming in,” says Jasinski. “And we really appreciate everyone who is coming in and seeing us, putting our name out there, and giving us these reviews, which are, in turn, getting other people to come up and see us. We’re really truly thankful for that.”
Note: An earlier version of this article incorrectly referred to Tito's Taqueria as "Tito's Tacos."