Bedlam Brewing Coming to Staunton | The News Leader
Posted on January 12, 2017
Mike McMackin is putting the final touches on his new brew pub located on the north end of Staunton. The retired Fort Defiance history teacher decided to do something for himself and take on a challenge. He plans on opening his new brew pub, Bedlam Brewing, on Jan. 25. It will serve up his own brews, food and more.
“It was really time to go back to work for myself,” he said. “Sort of a change of pace. “The drinking crowd and teenagers … there’s sometimes not much difference,” he added. “Both jobs require a level of insanity.”
The name says it all — Bedlam.
It’s been a crazy, chaotic few months since McMackin signed a lease and started to renovate the former Ma and Pa’s pizza place on Augusta Street, just a few miles from downtown. The old pizza place closed at the end of April last year. He is using a small business loan and some of his personal money to back the project.
Now, he wants to make his pub a place for everyone. “We want to appeal to everybody. We want to be a local pub. We’re trying to make it something for everybody,” he said.
With a little help from his friends, McMackin hand-built a 25-seat black walnut bar. The space has been completely transformed. You can’t even tell that the place was a former pizza joint, the only thing that is reminiscent of it will be the smell of pizza coming from the new open kitchen of the restaurant. Except with Bedlam Brewing a brand new wood-fired oven will be utilized.
McMackin has brought in a team of chefs to come up with a versatile menu — something that’s a mix of fine dining and fresh food for the everyday person. Blake Hatter, kitchen manager, and chefs Chris Wright and Jeff Jacklin bring experience from Zynodoa, Bistro, Shenandoah Pizza and Wild Wolf. “We’re going to try to make everything as fresh as possible,” McMackin said. “We’re going back to scratch with everything.”
The plan is to have six to seven of his own brews on tap, which will include IPAs, a stout and ales. Along with his own beer, he plans on having domestic beer, local cider and a wine list. He has 12 taps available, so he hopes to change out different beers to accompany his menu. The pub will have a simple menu with wood-fired pizzas, along with meat and fish dishes. They’ve been experimenting with breads, hand pies and more.
“We want to make simple food for people to enjoy for not a lot of money,” said Hatter. “I’m also excited to work with some beer and pair beer with food.”
As for being on the other end of Staunton, he isn’t worried about getting people out to his spot. One plus is the amount of parking his spot has. Also, with a new pizzeria opening up in the former Staunton Abbey Taphouse, he welcomes more things in his neck of the woods.
“I’m not that type of pizza place,” he said. “We’re a sit-down restaurant. We’re going to try to serve the freshest product we can at a reasonable price. We’re really trying to be something different, with really nice pizza and food.”
This will make a total of four breweries in Staunton, with more expected to come after the news of a proposed restaurant, brewery in a former steam plant along Richmond Road. Bedlam will be added to the Shenandoah Beerwerks Trail, which runs down Interstate 81 from Harrisonburg to Lexington and has 13 breweries already on the trail.
Bedlam Brewing is located 2303 N. Augusta St. in Staunton. For more information visit its Facebook page — Bedlam Brewing.
Source: Click here to read the original story by Laura Peters / News Leader.