Temperance Beer Company, Evanston’s first craft brewery, will debut its tap room on Friday, giving beer enthusiasts the chance to drink the brewery’s unique offerings within feet of where they’re brewed.

Located at 2000 Dempster St., the 2,000-square-foot tap room was designed by brewery founder and architect, Josh Gilbert, who is also an Evanston resident.

The post-war building’s warehouse history was preserved through retaining the existing masonry walls, Gilbert designed the bar for a a modern, welcoming feel.

Next spring, Gilbert says, guests will be able to visit an urban beer garden on the site.

“The Tap Room has been part of the plan for Temperance since the earliest imaginings, and I’m thrilled that we are now able to welcome people into our brewery to share some great times together,” Gilbert said in a news release.

Opening night, hungry guests can snack on menu items like jerky from nearby Gunslinger Jerky Co., bread made from the brewery’s own spent grains by Evanston’s Hewn bakery, and hot offerings from Hummingbird Kitchen, a food truck based in Evanston.

In addition, Chicago’s Popcorn Asylum is working on a proprietary blend of gourmet popcorn for early 2014. Future collaborations with local food artisans are in the works. Guests can also order in food from nearby delivery establishments, and the brewery has plans to host food trucks seasonally.

Under the direction of head “brewster” Claudia Jendron, previously a brewer for Chicago’s Goose Island Beer Co., teases out a bit of the unexpected—in ingredients, form and flavors with six brews on tap for opening night.

The Tap Room will be open 7:30 to 11 p.m. on opening night and 4 to 11 p.m. on Saturday.

More information is available online.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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