This spring, the owners of Enlightened Brewing Company moved their taproom and brewing facility from the Lincoln Warehouse, 2018 S. 1st St., to its new building in the former Louis Allis Motors plant, 2020 W. Allis St.
After some consideration, they decided to keep the original space and in it, open a fresh, second concept.
The Wood Violet Tap House, named for Wisconsin's state flower, opened quietly a couple of weeks ago and celebrates a grand opening on Friday. Wood Violet is best described as a "Wisconsin beer bar," which means they have eight lines that will rotate craft beers brewed only in the state of Wisconsin including Third Space, Black Husky, MobCraft, Eagle Park, Paradox, Door County Brewing Co. and more.
Enlightened beer – as well as some other local brands – are also available in cans and bottles. Enlightened might occasionally be on tap, too, but The Wood Violet is really about promoting Wisconsin beer in general.
"Enlightened has its own brewery just a half mile from here," says co-owner, Tommy Vandervort, who owns the business with James Larson. "This place is about friends' beer."
Brewing equipment remains in the space, but will serve as Enlightened’s pilot brewery. "We’ll use the brewery here for barrel-age testing or to experiment with fun one-offs and weird stuff," says Larson.
The Wood Violet’s grand opening celebration is Friday, Oct. 4 starting at 5 p.m. During that time, their neighbor, Twisted Path Distillery, will host an official release of their new chai liqueur. Firefox food truck will be on-site selling eats.
"We love our new brewery, but now we also get to stay here – in a building we really like being a part of," says Vandervort. "It’s the best of both worlds."
Molly Snyder grew up on Milwaukee's East Side and today, she lives in the Walker's Point neighborhood with her partner and two sons.
As a full time senior writer, editorial manager and self-described experience junkie, Molly has written thousands of articles about Milwaukee (and a few about New Orleans, Detroit, Indianapolis, Boston and various vacation spots in Wisconsin) that range in subject from where to get the best cup of coffee to an in-depth profile on the survivors of the iconic Norman apartment building that burned down in the '90s.
She also once got a colonic just to report on it, but that's enough on that.
Always told she had a "radio voice," Molly found herself as a regular contributor on FM102, 97WMYX and 1130WISN with her childhood radio favorite, Gene Mueller.
Molly's poetry, essays and articles appeared in many publications including USA Today, The Writer, The Sun Magazine and more. She has a collection of poetry, "Topless," and is slowly writing a memoir.
In 2009, Molly won a Milwaukee Press Club Award. She served as the Narrator / writer-in-residence at the Pfister Hotel from 2013-2014. She is also a story slam-winning storyteller who has performed with The Moth, Ex Fabula and Risk!
When she's not writing, interviewing or mom-ing, Molly teaches tarot card classes, gardens, sits in bars drinking Miller products and dreams of being in a punk band again.