By Lori Fredrich Senior Writer & Dining Editor Published Sep 16, 2016 at 11:01 AM

The time has finally come for Third Space Brewing, which will officially open its doors to the public on Thursday, Sept. 22.

After a party for friends and family on Thursday evening, the brewery will enter its soft opening phase this weekend, an occasion which takes place almost exactly a year from the day demolition began on the brewery space at 1505 W. St. Paul Ave.

It's been quite a journey for owners Kevin Wright and Andrew Gehl, who have seen their new Menomonee Valley digs transformed from a nondescript sided warehouse into a vibrant gathering space. And we have a first look at the beautiful new brewery, which will soon welcome myriad beer lovers in a modern industrial setting.

Old meets new

Check out your new third space

Belly up to the bar

Grab a flight

There are four brews on tap: That's Gold! Kolsch, Happy Place Midwest Pale Ale, Acres Edge Stout and Upward Spiral IPA (read more about each).

Say "hey" to the owners

Take a seat

Tabletops built by local artisan Andy Shacklady sit upon rustic metal bases built by local artist and metal finisher Amber Van Galder.

Get a view of the action

Party in their space

Enjoy the outdoors

Beginning Thursday, Sept. 22, Third Space will host guests in its taproom Thursday through Sunday. Hours will be Thursdays from 4 to 9 p.m., Fridays from 2 to 9 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from noon to 9 p.m.

Lori Fredrich Senior Writer & Dining Editor

Lori is an avid cook whose accrual of condiments and spices is rivaled only by her cookbook collection. Her passion for the culinary industry was birthed while balancing A&W root beer mugs as a teenage carhop, fed by insatiable curiosity and fueled by the people whose stories entwine with each and every dish. She’s had the privilege of chronicling these tales via numerous media, including OnMilwaukee and in her book “Milwaukee Food.” Her work has garnered journalism awards from entities including the Milwaukee Press Club. 

When she’s not eating, photographing food, writing or recording the FoodCrush podcast, you’ll find Lori seeking out adventures with her husband Paul, traveling, cooking, reading, learning, snuggling with her cats and looking for ways to make a difference.