Booze News: The Gate in Egleston Opens Friday; Turtle Swamp Brewery Samples Saturday

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The Gate's Facebook page

A resurrected pub and a new brewery are both set to make their Jamaica Plain debuts in the next couple of days.

According to The Gate's Facebook page, the new Irish pub will open Friday, May 5, at 11:30 a.m. in Egleston Square.

"The tables are set up, the city signed off on the final inspections, and the food is coming in.. WE'RE OPENING OUR DOORS ON FRIDAY! We'll be open at 11:30AM, so stop on by for lunch, dinner, or just a drink -- we'll be here," the restaurant says.

The Gate's Facebook page

The pub's Facebook page says that Chef Axel Segura Jr. is the executive chef, and notes that he got his start at his first restaurant in the same building years ago. "He's going to be bringing a large menu anchored by classic Irish pub fare and studded with New American flare to The Gate," it says. And of course, like any good pub, there will be beer and other beverages.

The Gate, located at 3171 Washington St. (the previous home of Coco's Lounge), is owned and managed by Paul Byrne, formerly the co-owner of JP's beloved James's Gate Irish pub, which abruptly closed in 2015. That site is being converted into a mixed-use development, including 11 condos.

Then, on Saturday, a new JP brewery will offer visitors a first sip of its craft beers.

Turtle Swamp Brewing will open its garage doors and invite brew enthusiasts to check out its new space May 6 from noon to 6 p.m. According to Eater Boston, founder Nicholas Walther acknowledges that the outside of the building remains a construction zone, “but the brewery itself is functioning, and we're very proud of it."

There will be some free samples, and visitors will be able to buy crowlers of the brewery's Serendipitous Paler Ale and Nik's Bitter (but Never Angry).

Turtle Swamp Brewery Instagram

Per Boston magazine, which recently profiled the brewery's JP owners:

The Washington Street space is actually two buildings: An old auto garage in front houses the brewery, and a two-story taproom will have booth-style seating (made from salvaged church pews) and a 15-foot bar downstairs, and lounge-style seating with communal tables upstairs. “Once the weather gets nicer, it will open up into an outdoor seating area. We can roll up [garage] doors and let people hang,” says co-owner John Lincecum.

Turtle Swamp Brewing is located at 3377 Washington St. To follow their journey, visit the brewery's Instagram page.