First Look: Antiques on High
The Seventh Son offshoot, Antiques on High, is nearing an opening in the Brewery District.
Located at 714 S. High St., the new “sour and wild” brewery is sandwiched between the Tremont Lounge and the upcoming restaurant Ambrose & Eve. The space is currently awaiting some finishing touches and a finalized liquor license, but co-owner Collin Castore says they’ll be pouring beers before the week is out.
As promised when the news first broke, Antiques on High will be serving up a nearly exclusive menu of wood aged sour and wild Belgian-style beers, with the exception of some Seventh Son favorites, including the Humulus Nimbus pale ale and Black Sheep stout. A selection of six cocktails (developed by mixologist Travis Owens) and six wines will also be on tap.
The Seventh Son brew crew has nine new beers on tap at Antiques on High: Wax Poetic sour blond ale, Hoop Driver sour red ale, Saddle Lamp sour dark ale, Trinket blended saison, Cling Free sour blond ale with peaches, Crushed Velvet sour red ale with black and red raspberries, Tromp L’oeil sour blond ale with golden raspberries, Tessera hazy mosaic IPA, and Tumbling Dice citra pale ale.
The majority of those beers were barreled by January 2017, about a year after Antiques on High was conceptualized.
“Myself, my business partners, and head brewer Colin [Vent] just loved the styles and different flavor spectrum you can get from [sours],” says Castore, explaining the business’ dive into this style of beer.
So why not just introduce some sours at their existing site and call it a day? For one thing, the brewing process for sours doesn’t mix well with other kinds of brews. And for another: “Because it’s a new style of beer, we wanted to focus on it and make it its own entity and idea,” Castore says.
When the Brewery District building opened up, it seemed to be kismet. In its past life the building served as an antique mall, a preserver of artifacts from the past. In it, the Seventh Son team saw an opportunity to round out the AoH concept.
“Old style classic Belgian brewers have been making sour and wild ales for centuries,” says Castore.
To brew their newest selection of beers, Castore and team went back to those old techniques, which differ from present-day methods in two main ways: 1) the beer is aged in oak barrels rather than stainless steal vessels, providing a friendly home for wild yeasts and flavor-producing bacteria to live and do their work, and 2) the beers are often blended to a certain flavor profile (several different barrels with varying acidity, malt, etc. become a single beer) rather than the same batch going start to finish.
“Proper sour and wild beers have layers of complexity more akin to wine than what most people think of as traditional beer,” Castore continues. “All that said, at the end of the day we strive to make them enjoyable and accessible whether you know the background or not.”
The brewery pays homage to its roots in its aesthetic as well, taking on a vintage feel featuring wood paneling, yellow and green accent walls, and 70s-style lounge seating. The 5,000-square-foot space hosts a number of gathering areas, including the main bar room with booths and a wood-burning fire place; a back patio on the first floor; and a partially-enclosed, four seasons patio on the second floor.
As with Seventh Son, Antiques on High will rotate through a number of food trucks throughout the week, including Aloha, Preston’s, Dos Hermanos, Two Fat Indians, and En Place.
Once open, Antiques on High will operate seven days per week, open 4 p.m. to 12 a.m. Monday through Thursday, 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Friday, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. on Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 12 a.m. on Sunday.
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