Wynwood already has a well-earned rep as a place for ultimate outliers; you know, those whose lives — and achievements — not only exist outside the norm, they generally set the stage for what the norm eventually becomes. Take Panther Coffee, whose on-site roasting cores an attention to divine detail that has made it both the center of a swingin’ scene and the outfit-to-see for anyone who wants credibility in their coffee. From the get Joel and Leticia Pollock insisted on establishing (and maintaining) their own strict sense of tradition, regardless of any then-prevailing winds, and that insistence quickly caused the winds to blow Panther’s way.
Just as adamant about the what that makes for what’s what is Gravity Brewbar. Bright idea of Diego Ganoza, the soon to launch local conglom promises to be at once brew, brewery and brew-provider; in other words a one-stop hotspot for what’s what in craft beer – and then some. Ganoza came to Wynwood and immediately saw a corollary between what he and Panther were up to, and it was only natural that this would be the place from which he could conquer.
“We get some decent stuff down here,” he says, back-tracking through Gravity’s origin story, “but nowhere near what some of the other big cities like Chicago and NYC get. I had been lucky enough to meet several brewers in other states as well as distributors and was hoping to start bringing their stuff in through my bar project, but I met up with so much resistance and red tape that I kinda gave up on that idea. Then, through some digging around, I met some extremely talented local brewers. And the metamorphosed concept hit me: ‘we’ll just brew it ourselves!’”
Those brewers are Robert Tejon and Seth Hammond, and with business partner Matthew Bishop they round out the team that is Gravity. Like Panther, the Brewbar has an inherent sense of tradition, and like Panther, Ganoza sees employing that tradition can set the stage for even greater things to come.
“At Gravity, we think of the brewing process as an opportunity to bring both something traditional and something new to the senses: aromas, flavors and textures!”, runs Gravity’s mission statement. “It is our belief that the ancient practice of brewing is itself both art and science. Kind of like a version of alchemy that still endures. And while turning lead into lead with gold’s clothing can be fun for a few centuries, brewing has had to be exciting, challenging, satisfying and delicious for over 2,000 years. Its scientific precision and need for meticulous processes is what guarantees your glass will always be filled with the same quality and standards of flavor and style.”
“The art form is what gives people like us free-range over how to play around with new ideas, changing old ones and pushing flavors to their limit. We hope you enjoy the brew of our labor and that you find in Gravity a new home for your [own] palate’s “alchemy”.
To that end Gravity is teaming with Panther this Friday night for what’s being billed as Brewhouse. The fete will be a kinda sneak-peek of Brewhouse’s fall unveiling and it’ll feature mash-ups from both camps — including a Black IPA made with Panther’s Colombia Finca el Ventiador and a Cortadito Porter made with Panther’s very special espresso blend. There will be grub by gastroPOD, beats by Awarehouse, and all you can imagine from coffee and beer. Mostly though there will be ample evidence that outliers have once again created an “In.”
Brewhouse goes down Friday June 23, 7pm-10pm at Panther Coffee 2390 NW 2nd Ave Wynwood.