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Aeronaut Brewing. Credit Kristi Senat

Aeronaut Brewing. Credit Kristi Senat

Aeronaut Brewing
14 Tyler St.
Somerville, MA 02143
(617) 718-0602

When you’re thirsty in this heat, you’re pretty gosh-darn thirsty. So, let’s make sure you stay properly hydrated by introducing you to Aeronaut Brewing, a newly opened microbrewery and food hub housed in a 12,000-square-foot warehouse in Somerville…and by warehouse, we mean a former envelope factory.

All that space is needed for the large vats of New England-driven IPAs, Lagerfeuers and Rauchbiers, brewed on-site by working closely with hop farmers and local “maltsters.” This collaborative DIY spirit infuses the tasting area and Foods Hub: shockingly red metal stools line the rough-hewn wood bar, beach chairs and balloons hang from steel rafters overhead, and small sprouting planters hang haphazardly along the wall.

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But you’re thirsty, we get it. That’s hard when you’re standing within spitting distance of massive, massive amounts of beer. Luckily, the bar pours growlers of whatever awesomely named draft is on tap that week, like A Session with Doctor Nandu (a passionfruit-touched American pale ale), Saison of the Western Ghats (a French-style farmhouse ale) or the Imperial Stout, a brew rich and malty enough to not need a fancy name.

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Now that your thirst has been quenched, check out the farm-to-table offerings at the Food Hub, a collection of producers of transparently-sourced foods and beverages, including an espresso counter from Barismo Coffee, some cocoa-related goods from Somerville Chocolate, and a farmers’ market from Something Gud. On any random day, you might find a taco truck parked in the courtyard, musicians strumming away on their guitars or an artist collective discussing the effect of rising living costs on creativity.

Yes, calling this a brewery might be simplifying a bit…but with an ice-cold beer in your hand, who cares?

By Arielle Sachar

Arielle Sachar writes and edits E.S.P. Eat. See. Play. lifestyle content for CBS Boston.