Device Brewing Co. plans to open its second taproom early next year in midtown’s Ice Blocks development.
The taproom is expected to open on R Street between 16th and 17th streets by spring 2018. Device also runs a taproom at its brewery on 14th Avenue off Power Inn Road and sells its beers in hundreds of Northern California stores and bars.
Ice Blocks opened earlier this year on the site of the former Crystal Ice plant. The newest project from the people behind the MARRS building turnaround includes 142 apartments flanked by Ice Shops, a four-story mixed used building across R Street from Device’s new taproom. West Elm home furnishing store and Sacramento Republic FC, whose principal Kevin Nagle is an investor in the development, have already signed leases for Ice Shops storefronts.
Device co-owner and head brewer Ken Anthony said he hopes to serve food from incoming restaurants such as Beast + Bounty and Milk Money, both from the folks behind LowBrau and Block Butcher Bar, but won’t prepare dishes of his own. He’s working with interior designers and architects to balance Ice Blocks’ metropolitan, glass-and-steel aesthetic with a homey interior where “natural meets manmade.”
“We don’t want it to be a cold man cave. We want to be warm and inviting for all, and have a lot of character to reflect the personality of the business as well as my wife (Melissa) and I,” Anthony said.
The taproom will be about 2,000 square feet on the inside, Anthony said, plus another 1,000 feet for an outside patio and stage.
Burning Barrel Brewing Co. had previously foreshadowed plans to open their brewery at 800 R St. before shifting to a Rancho Cordova location nearly twice as large. Construction is expected to begin soon in advance of a spring 2018 opening.