Even as many breweries are closing their doors due to the coronavirus pandemic, 902 Brewing Company is hard at work hard to open theirs — beginning with producing their first batch of beer.
While it’s undeniably a tough environment for small businesses right now, a few Jersey boys who have long dreamt of opening their own brewery shared some good news that’s been years in the making over this past weekend.
It was back in June of 2018 that 902 Brewing Company revealed its plans to transition from being a gypsy brewery to opening a permanent brewery and tap room in Jersey City’s Bergen-Lafayette neighborhood. The 6,000 sq. ft. facility at 101 Pacific Avenue is the realization of a dream that was a long time coming for Colby Janisch, Tucker Littleton, Andrew Brown, and Don Vogt, who co-founded the brewery back in 2012.
The company is named for the Washington Street building in Hoboken where Janisch and Littleton honed on their brewing craft. They’ve been working their hoppy magic out of New Jersey Beer Company’s North Bergen facility since 2016 and their 6,000 sq. ft. space in Jersey City will potentially allow the company to brew over 5,000 barrels of beer annually, plus give them a spot to open a tap room.
902 Brewing Company officially broke in their Pacific Avenue space last Friday and announced on their Instagram feed that the first batch of beer was fermenting. The brewery legally obtained what’s known as a Temporary Authorization Permit (TAP) that allowed them to move forward with their operations — a development the company is undoubtedly excited about.
“It means that we’re brewing local #craftbeer right here in Bergen-Lafayette #JerseyCity starting right now,” the post proclaimed. “Our Head Brewer Dan [Vogt] has been cleaning all week. The first batch is mashed in. The hops are weighed out. LET’S GO.”
According to an interview with Jersey Digs, co-owner Colby Janisch said he’s most excited about the freedom the space will allow the company in terms of experimenting with their brews. 902 Brewing will continue to produce their flagship beers such as Heaven, Hell or Hoboken IPA and Pale Ale True Hoboken (dubbed P.A.T.H.). But the company will also be able to produce four or five new beers every month in their new brewhouse.
902 Brewing’s Pacific Avenue facility, which was designed by Mukti Architecture, will eventually feature a taproom and a rooftop deck that features that offers views of the Jersey City and Manhattan skylines. Their social media accounts have teased what the space will look like and while the reality of COVID-19 continues to create uncertainty, the company has indicated that taproom opening details could be coming very soon.