The long-abandoned, historical Pearl Brewery space in San Antonio, Texas today becomes home to Southerleigh after sitting vacant for 13 years. At 7,900 square feet square feet, it's the tenth largest brewpub in the country.
The building which houses Pearl was built in 1881 predating prohibition and served as inspiration for Austin-based architects Clayton&Little and interior firm Joel Mozersky Design. Together they worked to refurbish the grand old structure, salvaging as much of the venue's original design as possible, including cast iron stairs, stainless steel kettles from the 50s and steam piping. Also note newly painted murals based on historic photographs and architectural plans.
San Antonio chef Jeff Balfour, previously of Citrus restaurant in the Hotel Valencia Riverwalk, heads Southerleigh's southern coastal bill of fare which is meant to pair with, well, beer. The brewery is equipped with a 15-barrel brew house, six serving tanks, and an extensive barrel-aging program. Expect 21 taps spouting a range of beers brewed onsite from lagers and IPAs to more funky options like braggot and a curry porter.