After some delays, the owners of Tabol Brewing hope to open their craft brewery in Richmond’s North Side this fall.
“If everything goes right, the end of October or early November is possible,” said Travis Dise, who co-owns Tabol with Nic Caudle.
Caudle and Dise first announced plans to open Tabol Brewing last October after acquiring a building at 704 Dawn St., just off Chamberlayne Avenue. The brewery is near Battery Park and Virginia Union University.
The initial goal was to open in the spring or summer of this year, but the renovation work on the building hit some delays.
“The weather didn’t help,” Caudle said. “It was a combination of things.”
As of Monday, progress on the 8,000-square-foot building was evident. A bar had been installed inside the 2,000-square-foot indoor tasting room, and work was progressing on a 2,000-square-foot outdoor deck. Dozens of barrels were stored inside the brewery’s production area, some of which were already conditioning beer.
Tabol will join the Richmond area’s ever-growing list of craft breweries by emphasizing saison-style beers, a type originating in Belgium that often has fruity, tart or earthy aromas and flavors, but is also versatile.
“We will have some tart beer. We will have some hoppy beer,” Caudle said. “We are going to do a little bit of most everything.
“The vast majority will be in the saison, wild, funky, and tart realms, mostly using yeast cultures that we have forged ourselves,” he said. “We will still buy the occasional culture from various labs for certain types of beer, but our primary focus is going to be on these wild cultures.”
Caudle said he has collected wild yeast from his own garden and friends’ gardens, and even mulberry trees around the brewery.
Both Caudle and Dise have a background in the beer industry. Dise most recently worked for a mobile canning company, and Caudle worked for a distributor. Both say they have been home brewing for years.
The name Tabol is derived from the international auxiliary language Esperanto.
“It is a misspelling of the Esperanto word for table,” Dise said. “It’s kind of a metajoke about how you can’t use English.”
“Everything has been copyrighted and trademarked,” Caudle said.
“So, we used a different language, and then misspelled it,” Dise said.
The company’s logo, painted on the outside of the building, includes an image of an upside-down table.