Provincetown Brewing Company Has a Mission
When Chris Hartley first visited Provincetown seven years ago, he was amazed to find that it was without its own craft brewery. He felt that a place with such a rich history and unique culture deserves a craft brewery of its own, created in its image.
Seven years later, Hartley and his business partner Erik Borg, along with a team of close friends, opened Provincetown Brewing Co.
Located at 141 Bradford St. in the former 141 Bradford Natural Market building, PBC is a year-round tap room, brewery, and kitchen that aims to double as an inclusive and casual community gathering space.
To enter the taproom, visitors walk through the outdoor beer garden anchored by an oversized doghouse for Brewski, PBC’s rescue dog mascot. The doghouse was constructed by Stowaway Inn owner and PBC advisor Steve Azar as a home for Brewski and a clear signal that the PBC beer garden will always be a dog-friendly space.
Upon entering the tap room, visitors are greeted with vaulted ceilings and natural light. A sixteen-seat wooden bar sits at the back of the room in front of a large three-barrel brewing system that will regularly turn out unique craft brews only available in the tap room.
The space is accentuated with an eclectic mix of art, casual seating areas, and a gorgeous cherry pool table. Hanging from the rafters is a stunning 16-foot canoe painted by local artist Mark Adams in the style of Tiepolo’s celestial Venetian ceilings. The canoe previously hung at the Provincetown Art Association and Museum for Adams’ retrospective several years ago.
The brewery’s philosophy is built on activism, or, as PBC calls it, “draftivism.” The team behind PBC is focused on leveraging the brewery as a way to give back to causes that support Provincetown as a year-round creative community as well as progressive causes such as LGBTQ rights and conservation efforts. The point is to support the values that makes Provincetown special in the first place. PBC has committed to always giving 15 percent of profits back to partner nonprofits and charities it believes in.
PBC’s brews include mainstays like The Golden Hook golden ale, the Bearded Mistress IPA, and the Crandaddy cranberry sour ale. Rotating seasonal offerings will be brewed and available in the tap room throughout the year.
The PBC tap room also features morning coffee, breakfast, and all-day menus. Locals will recognize parts of the menu from the days of 141 Bradford Natural Market. The kitchen staff remains the same and many of the most beloved food options were kept.
“The point was always to give back to the community, so why take away something that the community loved if we could help it?” Hartley asks.
Open 9:00 am to 11:00 pm year-round, PBC is Provincetown’s newest casual gathering place. “We want this space to be put to use in a wide variety of way. We really hope people make it theirs,” says Hartley.