I'm sure you all diligently read The Cap Times piece describing the new facility for Ale Asylum: 46,000 square feet of gleaming steel to be filled with a brewery, restaurant, and rooftop patio lounge.
Sounds fancy, eh?
But, you're going to say, how can Ale Asylum have a restaurant? They aren't a brewpub! But here's the catch. Ale Asylum doesn't own the building, it just rents the space. It's just one of many tenants in a larger space. Another tenant is a restaurant (that independently purchases its beer supply from a distributor). Another tenant is a rooftop lounge.
If this sounds familiar, it's because we are all familiar with this type of building: it's called a mall.
Can I coin a new term? BrewMall. BeerMall? Mallt?
Coming soon: Forever Over-21.