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Steps from The Capitol Theatre, the new microbrewery aims to impress with craft brews, house-made sausage, and a hospitable vibe.
Beer has always been a star attraction at Tim Shanley’s Coals restaurants; the impressive and adventurous lists are as well-regarded as the grilled pizzas and burgers.
In fact, Shanley loves beer so much that he now brews his own, with his Run & Hide Brewing Co.
The Port Chester microbrewery opened in August after a series of COVID-related delays, with the beer temporarily being made at other breweries (Crossroads Brewing in Catskill and at Lock City in Stamford). There are six taps, featuring five of Shanley’s beers, in addition to a rotating tap that dispenses rosé and other wines. His core beers will include a Pilsner called Stick with Grandma and a variety of IPAs, such as Larry’s Liquid Love and Your Mom’s Best Friend. A full bar with cocktails and spirits is also planned.
“When I was thinking of opening, I brought some home brew to Dave [DiBari] at The Cookery, Chris DeCicco [DeCicco & Sons], and the folks at Bridgeview Tavern, all beer people I really respect, and the response was overwhelmingly positive,” Shanley says. “The Westchester beer community has been nothing but supportive.”
The name Run & Hide is a play on the Prohibition era, when law enforcement ostensibly cracked down on illicit drinking and told everyone in an establishment to “run and hide.” In addition to the beer, the brewery at 223½ Westchester Avenue features a menu that includes cheese, charcuterie, and sandwiches (with bread from the nearby Kneaded Bread). Shanley will also be offering his own line of dried sausages for said charcuterie. “I am a big fan of sausage, so we’re going to make our own in Pennsylvania and call it Run and Sons,” he says.
“I really want the food to be equally important,” he adds. “I’m a foodie and firm believer that beer brings people to brewpubs, but the food brings them back.”
A longtime musician, Shanley is also hoping to have live music and events in a space behind the taproom that once served a similar purpose when it was a German stammtisch, a place for regulars when there were events like weddings and parties.
Ultimately, Shanley wants to be known not just for his beer but also for the atmosphere. “I want Run & Hide to be known for people having fun and for putting the fun back in drinking,” he says, “putting our troubles on the table and putting our phones away and drinking a couple beers.”
Run & Hide Brewing Co.