2 Bradenton breweries rounding into shape

jtate@bradenton.comJuly 17, 2013 

BRADENTON -- As the outside deck for the beer garden of the Motorworks Brewing takes shape, a company spokesman said it is on track to open by the holidays.

Ann Altman, vice president of Motorworks Brewing, said construction is really starting to pick up the pace.

"We absolutely expect to be open and brewing late November, early December," said Altman.

Owners Denise and Frank Tschida are anxious to open, but they do understand the process takes time, said Altman.

The Tschidas are traveling through Europe checking out beer gardens and breweries for inspiration and seeing how the top breweries in the world operate.

Their location borders the Village of the Arts at 1014 Ninth St. W., where passersby can see the changes made to the building. They've painted, put up fences, installed new windows and the deck in the beer garden has taken form. It sits under a 100-plus-year-old oak tree and will be an area for live music.

"We're waiting on approval for the buildout of the brewery and wine bar," Altman said. "We will move as the permits come."

Tim Polk, director of the Bradenton Department of Planning and Community Development, said the city a had a good meeting with the owners recently and is working to help the opening stay on track.

"They've gone through the site approval with Public Works," said Polk. "They should have a complete

project by November."

Motorworks Brewing, which draws historical inspiration from its automotive facility predecessors, was to open by August.

"We are anxious to open, but we do recognize the process," said Altman.

Another prospective brewer, Michael Wagner, owner of The Little Giant Brewery at 301 Seventh St. E., also planned to open in August, but now said he should open in late September.

"We're just working with the planning department on getting our construction done," said Wagner. "You gotta get all your contracts together."

Janey Tate, city of Bradenton and Palmetto reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7041. Follow her on Twitter @Janey_Tate.

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