"We looked at four different places before settling here,” Merryweather said. "We researched it well. This keeps our insurance affordable for us because we don’t sell alcohol on site and it’s a win-win for them as well.”
Kevin Sine, owner of the 51st Street Speakeasy, said he quickly jumped at encouraging Merryweather to locate next door and will carry all of the COOP Ale brands as soon as they are distributed in early March.
The group hopes to start up next month with keg sales; bottling will follow in May. And Merryweather said he’s in talks with local beer and wine stores, as well as clubs and restaurants about carrying COOP Ale brands.
Initial brands include "Horny Toad,” a Cerveza-style; "Zeppelin,” a German wheat; "Native Amber,” an amber; and "DNR” (short for Do Not Resuscitate), a Belgian golden ale.