Long Island Craft Beer Beat |
After years of brewing together in their garage, this father-son duo is going all-in on a brewery of their own — and just two blocks from their Holbrook home.
On Oct. 20, Brad Jordan, 34, and his father Dave Jordan, 61, will be opening SquareHead Brewery at 405 High Street.
The grand opening bash will include two bottle releases, live music, lawn games and food trucks.
“It’s perfect,” said Brad. “We live two blocks away, there is a field and extending parking.”
This brewery has been over five years in the making. There were some problem they didn’t account for on High Street. And after purchasing the 1,400 square foot property in 2013, they were hit with a series of delays.
Now, five years later, they are relieved to open.
“When I picked up the [certificate of occupancy] there were literally tears in my eyes,” said Brad.
Brad, a graphic designer, and Dave, a New York City construction worker, started making beers together seven years ago.
It was Christmastime, and Brad thought a great present for his father would be a brewing kit. What Brad didn’t know was that when Dave was a teenager he actually brewed beer with his own father.
“I knew he had a rock collection, but never knew he ever brewed,” Brad joked.
After using the kit, Dave turned to his son and said, “You know we can make this, right?”
So Dave un-dusted his old beer making equipment and the two were off.
“Brewing with my son is the coolest,” said Dave. “The music is blasting and we’re kicking back beers when we have time.”
The two, who love experimenting with different recipes, took their beers to several brewing festivals. They knew then they were onto something special.
“We would have people come to us after the event and tell us we had the best beers,” said Dave.
Now, at their new brewery, the Jordans cycle through 30 original recipes — some stemming from Dave brewing with his father.
“We are big risk-takers,” said Dave. “We make this really tasty Pistachio Pilsner.”
“My dad actually takes pounds of pistachios in a bag and runs them over with our truck,” Brad said.
SquareHead Brewery’s grand opening will be on Saturday, Oct. 20, from noon to 9 p.m. This is a rain-or-shine event; there will be a tent available for the outdoor activities.
hours of operations
To begin, the 30-person tasting room at the new SquareHead Brewery will be open Fridays from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturdays 1 p.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
what’s a SquareHead?
“It is a slang term for a Scandinavian,” laughed Dave, who is half Swedish. “A lot of older people we run into know what it means right away.”
Top: Courtesy photo of the outside of the new SquareHead Brewery in Holbrook.