Jupiter’s first microbrewery will open its doors Friday.
Civil Society Brewing Company, a new brewery and taproom at Abacoa Town Center, will begin serving up craft brews in its industrial-inspired space starting Nov. 20 at 6 p.m.
The brains behind the brewing? Palm Beach Gardens natives Karl Volstad and cousin Chris Volstad (a former pitcher for the Marlins), along with longtime family friend Evan Miller.
The brewery’s name reflects the trio’s goal of creating a stronger craft beer culture in Jupiter—one that’s already growing, thanks to north Palm Beach County’s Tequesta Brewing Co. and Twisted Trunk Brewing.
“Civil Society is a group of like-minded people,” Karl Volstad said. “We’re like-minded about beer.”
Volstad said he started home brewing about eight years ago. Miller joined him shortly after that, and together, they’d “make a day of it in the garage.”
“We were home brewing 5-gallon batches at a time, and now we’re doing 200-gallon batches at at time,” he said. (The new brewery will be operating with seven barrels that make up to 31 gallons of beer each.)
Civil Society Brewing will be selling 8-, 12- and 16-ounce pours of its brews, ranging from $3 to $6 in price. Beers include Fresh (IPA), Southern Exposure (hoppy saison), Blondes Make Me Hoppy (session IPA) and J-Town Brown (brown ale). The idea is to let customers try multiple beers in one visit.
“I’m a beer nerd at heart and like to go out to places. … I like when I can get an 8-ounce pour of something,” Volstad said. “It makes it easy to try things.”
From natural, unfinished woods to custom murals by artist Eduardo Mendieta, who created Civil Society’s logo, the taproom is supposed to reflect the feel of bars up north in New York. The wall behind the bar is made of cinder block for a hard but clean look, which hints at the brewing going on in the back of the house, Volstad explained.
“The bar’s got this really nice feel to it, but we’re doing this manufacturing in the backside,” he said. “It’s a really cool break.”
Civil Society plans to offer tours of the back down the road, but until then, patrons drinking in the taproom can easily see into the brewery.
In addition to its beers, Civil Society will also serve wine, but the microbrewery doesn’t plan to offer food. Instead, customers can bring in food from Abacoa restaurants.
“We’ll end up getting to the point where some of the restaurants can deliver it to the brewery,” Volstad said.
The brewery will be closed Mondays. The hours are 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, noon to midnight Friday and Saturday, and noon to 11 p.m. on Sunday.
Civil Society Brewing Company; 1200 Town Center Drive, Unit 101, Jupiter
(Images via Facebook/Civil Society Brewing)