SOUTHINGTON - Chamber Officials stopped in Witch Doctor Brewing Company Friday to sample beers and admire the aesthetics of the new business, which held its soft opening Wednesday.
Witch Doctor Brewing Company, located at Factory Square building at 168 Center St., is co-owned by Josh Norris and Daryl Adamaitis. The two used reclaimed wood from the former factory floor to create the brewery floor, the bar and the stage of the 5,500-square-foot space.
The brewery is also decorated with a large factory mural by Jeff “The Artist” Slobodian, one of Norris’ friends, and has windows looking out to the Linear Trail which runs alongside it.
“I love the look of the place,” said Rob Flood. “The reclaimed wood gives it a true factory feel. It’s awesome.”
“There is a great sense of history here,” agreed Liz Hyatt, executive director of the chamber.
Several other business owners who attended the tour were eager to talk with Norris and Adamaitis about how their businesses could partner together for events.
Norris and Adamaitis later guided the guests through their brewing process as they showed off their 450 gallon brewing tanks and then the cold room, which kept the beer at a cool 34 degrees. The beer stored there is connected directly to the taps. Guests were then invited to try samples of Witch Doctor’s signature drinks.
Witch Doctor Brewing Company has partnered with Paul Gregory’s and serves artisan cheese, fruit and meats, sandwiches and pretzel bites prepared by the restaurant to patrons.
For more information on Witch Doctor Brewing Company, call brewing.
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