The new tasting room for Begyle Brewing Company, by moss design, showcases their love of beer with sleekly finished industrial materials. With pendant lights made from old helium tank caps and salvaged wooden shelving sized to fit their custom growlers, the space focuses attention on the beer through thoughtful design.
The space is flooded with natural light from new windows and a glass overhead door. The concrete bar was poured to show the grain of the formwork wood and is topped with a zinc surface which will age beautifully with use. The merchandise display rack is made from exposed plumbing pipe and the shelving was reclaimed from wood found on site. The existing concrete floor is epoxied to preserve its work stained character.
Begyle is a Chicago brewery pioneering a new concept—the Community Supported Brewery—which will offer members a weekly, bi-weekly or monthly share of craft beer. Founders, Matt Ritchey, Kevin Cary, and Brendan Blume, are planning for a zero waste facility in which they will find non-landfill uses for every part of the byproducts of brewing. They use a neighborhood distribution model (delivering beer by bike to local bars) and will provide kegs, growlers and bombers to be filled on site. They’ll be using their Kickstarter Campaign funded, counter-pressurized fillers in order to cut down on even the minimal waste involved in fill-your-own-growler distribution.
In tandem with Begyle’s desire to keep their business local and their impact minimal, moss’s design applies ‘slow architecture principles‘ to reuse existing spaces and materials, and find beauty in functionality. The design stays true to the character of the Ravenswood neighborhood with industrial materials applied in striking ways.
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