Worth the Trip

Traditional and Modern Approaches at Motorworks Brewing

By Megan Greenberg / Photography By Kathryn Brass-Piper | July 24, 2014
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Motorworks Cascade IPA
Motorworks Cascade IPA

“You had me at Watermelon Kolsh,” I mumble out to Motorworks’ production manager Dave Byrn, while trying not to full-on gulp down what might be the most refreshing beverage I’ve had in years, as he tells me about their unique approach to brewing—which includes everything from on-premises-roasted coffees to the berries infused into the brews.

This place is deceptive. At first glance it appears to be a cool place to try out a bunch of beers and an open bar, but a chat with Dave and Denise, who owns Motorworks along with her husband, made it quite clear that this place has chops. The brewers bring a ton of experience to the table while also honoring new methods of going green, sourcing locally, and trying new techniques. The building is all at once modern, with new finishes and shiny mirrors, and also decidedly historical, as the structure has been standing since 1923 and used to be the home of a Hudson car dealership— hence the name Motorworks.

This spot is definitely worth the trip. Grab a Scottish Ale and kick your feet up in their brew garden, the largest one in the state.

Find it

1014 9th St W
Bradenton
941-567-6218

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