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May 30th, 2012 12:01 am REBECCA JACOBSON | Bar Reviews

Gigantic Brewing: Giant’s Lair

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Unless you work at a powder-coating warehouse or metal fabricator, this industrial stretch of Southeast 26th Avenue is no destination. It’s a peculiar location for cheekily named Gigantic Brewing (5224 SE 26th Ave., 208-3416), but this new taproom is unconcerned with its surroundings—the focus here is firmly on the beer. There’s an unpleasant, funky IPA (Gigantic’s only year-round offering), but the other house taps, The City Never Sleeps (a black saison, dark and fruity but not cloying) and the St. Tennenholz (a summery dry-hopped golden), are solid. Veteran brewers Ben Love, a Hopworks alum, and Van Havig, who put in 16 years at Rock Bottom, appreciate teamwork as well, and the current lineup features “collabos” with Oakshire and Breakside breweries. With tapered lamps above the bar, a polished concrete floor and slanting ironwork, the tasting room has a Space Age vibe, and the garage door rolls open to a few picnic benches on a gravelly driveway. Hope they add umbrellas soon, because there’s a mean western exposure.

  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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