Hook & Ladder founder and brewmaster Rich Fleischer says the economy played a role in the brewery pulling out of the restaurant and brewpub. “It just didn’t make sense for us to continue on the project,” he says.
The restaurant is slated to open sometime in the next week, possibly as early as Friday, and on hand, according to Carman, will be one beer from another "fire station" brewery--Red Brick Station's Daily Crisis IPA, brewed at the "fire station" on The Avenue at White Marsh.
[Owner Jeremy] Gruber says the beer program will include 12 taps and 20 bottles and will venture beyond Hook & Ladder selections. He plans to include Flying Dog, Magic Hat, Stella, Blue Moon, Sam Adams seasonal, and other options on draft; the bottle selection will mix familiar commercial lagers with offerings from Kona and Goose Island, among others. There will be no brewing on premise to start, but Gruber hasn’t ruled that out in the future.
Now, for the bonus prize: Does anyone remember yet a third fire-station-themed brewery/brewpub in Maryland? Answer in the comments if you do!