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Brewery To Open, Hopes For "Realerevival" In Downtown Cambridge

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CAMBRIDGE, Md. - Nearly five months since Realerevival Brewing first looked at moving into downtown, crews make a real turn towards opening up.

The brewery is set to officially open up on Saturday, after setbacks and delays during construction. Brewmaster Chris Brohawn team tore apart and redesigned an entire building, from the facade to the interior.

"Between construction delays, brewery equipment delays was a big thing it just pushed us back," Brohawn said. "Unfortunately, here we are in August, but we're finally getting there. Things are looking good and we're ready to get the doors open."

One major setback is the production area, but Brohawn says he hopes to open that up in September.  For now, he is brewing his latest beers at Pub Dog Brewing in Westminster, Md. and ready to pour the latest local product of Cambridge. The brewmaster and co-owner names all his beers after local folklores and community legends, including "Bucktown Brown."

"We use chocolate malt, then we use nothing but Cascade hops," said Brohawn. "The plans with this beer, eventually we get [our friends working in agriculture around Dorchester County] ramped up with hops and we use strictly Dorchester County hops."

Local ingredients, local beer, making local leaders are ready for a taste of economic success. Cambridge economic development director Natalie Chabot says she's optimistic not only for the entire city, but downtown included.

"You walk down [Poplar Street] and it's, you know, 90 percent occupied, which has not been the case," said Chabot. "[Realerevival is] really offering something unique to this community that we can build upon and will certainly be drawing attention upon our community."

What's "real revitalization" without jobs. Although they're staffed for opening night, brewery owner JT Merryweather says more jobs could be available soon.

According to Merryweather, they will have three workers to start, hoping to hire two more positions in the first month and eight more in the first year.

To read all previous stories, see below:

Proposed Cambridge Brewery Looks To Boost Local Economy

Cambridge Micro-Brewery Set To Open Receives License

Cambridge Brewery Working On Finishing Touches Before Open

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