Somerville Brewing Co. Plans Assembly Row Taproom

Somerville Brewing Co. will open the American Fresh Taproom at Assembly Square this summer.
Somerville Brewing Co. will open the American Fresh Taproom at Assembly Square this summer.

The makers of the Slumbrew line of beers will open an eatery in Somerville’s Assembly Row later this summer.

Somerville Brewing Co.’s American Fresh Taproom will be a part of the mixed-use development’s SomBlox section, which will feature retailers and restaurants in converted shipping containers situated around a beer garden.

The taproom will hold a soft opening July 30 and July 31, with a public opening planned for August 1.

Somerville Brewing says it will serve fresh local food in the form of sandwiches, charcuterie plates, and more, in addition to its beers.

With Assembly Row’s commercial roster so far comprising mostly of national retailers and a few Boston-based restaurants, developer Federal Realty Investment Trust appears to have targeted the SomBlox concept as an opportunity to showcase Somerville companies.


“The 20-foot containers will be located at the corner of Grand Union Blvd. and Canal Street, across from Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH, and will provide a unique gathering spot to showcase local artisans and businesses,’’ the developer wrote in an announcement, which can be seen on Facebook.

Earlier this year, Somerville Brewing announced it would open its own brewery in Somerville’s Boynton Yards neighborhood. That is expected to open later this year. The company currently contracts brews through Mercury Brewing in Ipswich.

As hipster and yuppie meccas go, Somerville did appear a bit behind in terms of brewery offerings. But the city appears to be catching up on that front. Earlier this summer, Aeronaut Brewing Company opened in Somerville, near Union Square. Eater Boston said that brewery is Somerville’s first since the 19th century.

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