Friday brings the opening of Steep Brew, a destination beer bar tucked beneath the grocery store at 17th St. and Rhode Island.
This is a soft opening, but expect the space to be fully operational. All of the rotating 16 taps can be sampled in flights (four 4oz. pours for $7, three 8oz. pours for $14). Opening tap highlights include Ballast Point Victory at Sea coffee vanilla imperial porter, Almanac Winter Wit, and the inaugural brew from Anchor's new 'Zymaster' series.
In addition to draft options, the bottle list showcases a couple dozen domestic and imported beers, including three gluten-free options. Shoppers can purchase any bottle from the grocery store above and have it opened downstairs in the bar for a nominal corkage fee, which makes for a handy "try before you buy (more)" situation. Unfortunately, licensing forbids shoppers from taking their pints into the store itself. It's probably for the best; we don't want anybody blowing their culinary pleasure fuse.
The bar area will also feature flat screen TVs for watching the game, discounted pints and flights from 5-6pm Monday through Friday, and a full food menu. Expect charcuterie flights, Anchor beer battered artichoke hearts, burgers and the like. Lest we forget we're still in Whole Foods, diners can also enjoy healthier options such as a Kale Waldorf salad.