Palmer's Bleeding Heart Brewery moving in with Alaska Picker
Bleeding Heart owners call their brewery a destination right now. Tucked in just off Outer Springer Loop, two and a half miles outside Palmer, it’s easy to miss if you don’t know it’s there.
“We are nestled in on a colonial homestead,” said Zack Lanphier. “We’ve kind of carved out a little area on the parcel that still has cows and chickens.”
Lanphier and head brewer, Stefan Marty, enjoy making small batches in their small space of about 800-square-feet, but they want to do more.
“We are so small that we get so much volume in the taproom that we can’t afford to distribute to bars and restaurants,” said Marty.
The location was a good fit when they first opened the taproom in 2016, but now they’re out of space.
“On a good Saturday people had to park on the road,” Lanphier said.
“We got the cops called on us, multiple times,” Marty said.
“Because you can’t park on the road. So we outgrew this space two years ago,” Lanphier said.
Soon they’ll pack up the brewery and move to downtown Palmer to the Alaska Picker warehouse where Kelly Turney had room to spare after getting rid of his shop area.
The back third of the building will belong to Bleeding Heart.
“They’ll have a separate entrance; they’ll have their own hours as well,” Turney said. “Some of ours will overlap, some of them won’t. So we need to have a secure entrance for their customers to come in after we’re closed.”
The two businesses are already a partner for community events and the owners are old friends. In fact, many of the pieces in the taproom came from Alaska Picker.
“When you call Bleeding Heart, you’re calling the Adak payphone,” Lanphier said as he stepped out of the phone booth relic. “The cash register [is] from 1932, believe.”
Turney said Bleeding Heart will add to the local flavor of downtown and hopes it will benefit all of the surrounding businesses.
“There’ll be a carryover whether they want to go to the brewery next door over to Matansuka, whether they go get dinner at the Ale House— or they stop at Chevron to get gas, or stop or get coffee at Vagabonds— all of those things bring people and money in town and that’s what’s really important,” Turney said.
Bleeding Heart has to be out of its current building by the end of the year. The owners hope to have their new place open by spring 2020.
“We’re going to create a fun atmosphere where people can walk in that brewery block,” Lanphier said.
“Safe drinking,” Marty said with a laugh.
It’s a collaboration both business owners hope will create a unique experience in the heart of downtown Palmer.
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