Craft Brewery Profile: Abandoned Building Brewery
When Matt Tarlecki laid eyes on “The Brickyard,” a huge old mill building that was once home to a plastic bag manufacturer, he probably immediately began imagining what could be. He brought that vision to life just a few short years ago, turning the 2,700 square-feet within into a craft brewing mecca — with hardwood floors, 16-foot-tall walls, 15 barrels, two 30-barrel fermenters and a 30-barrel bright tank.
Tarlecki, a former civil engineer, quickly put his skills to work creating a place where his award-winning home brewing skills could find a place to really shine. That place is the Abandoned Building Brewery, with an impressive array of brews from American IPAs to Barrel-Aged Imperial stouts, so there’s something for everyone to enjoy.
What’s on Tap?
For a true appreciation of the craft beer spirit, you’ll definitely want to try the Manhan Trail Pale Ale, a collaboration with Beerology Homebrew in Northamption for Western Mass Beer Week. A New England-style pale ale, this brew features Citra and Mandarina hops.
If a good Belgian-style beer is your idea of a good time, Abandoned Building has plenty of options, such as:
- The Blue Barn Saison, with European pilsner malt, locally-malted oats, wheat and Saaz and Golding hops
- Lola’s Saison, a hazy golden Belgian Farmhouse Ale with fruity and earthy notes
- The Trap Door Tripel with European pilsner malt and New England wheat
- The Dirty Girl IPA, an American IPA with five types of hops
- The Nightshade Stout, an American stout with seven different malts
Make Sure to Catch…
…the Tap Room, where you can enjoy a variety of Abandoned Building favorites in 5-, 12- or 16-ounce pours or 32- and 64-ounce growler fills while you peruse a variety of cool ABB gear like t-shirts, trucker hats, hoodies and pullovers. You can also pick up a four-pack or a 22-ounce bottle of select brews to go.
If you’re hungry, though, bring your own snacks. Abandoned Building is all about the beer — filling your stomach with anything else is up to you.