Bradenton architecture firm Fawley Bryant today unveiled a rendering of Darwin Brewing Co., the offshoot of Sarasota brewpub Darwin's on 4th. The production brewery is renovating the former Bradenton Press building at 803 17th Ave. W. in Bradenton, which the brewery purchased last month. The brewery (close to McKechnie Field) hopes to open in time for baseball spring training in 2014, according to a release from Fawley Bryant.
Here's how the architecture firm describes the renovations:
"To economize, only minimal exterior modifications were made. Fawley Bryant maintained as much of the existing building and mature oak trees as possible. A new brick and stucco façade combined with existing trees and fresh foliage create an intimate exterior beer garden. The northwest corner is designed to be a large billboard to emphasize Darwin’s strong brand and to provide a visible identity from 9th Street West. An increase in roof height is limited to the building entrance elevation to accommodate the tall, LED illuminated brewing tanks while providing a better street presence. The exterior building finish along the 17th Street utilizes brick, corrugated and painted metal panels with stucco accents and serves as the back drop to a large and more public beer garden along 17th Avenue."
The brewery, one of five in the works in Sarasota and Bradenton, plans to can at least six beers.