Evil Twin and Nowadays are putting their heads together for a pop-up taproom in Ridgewood

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Evil Twin Brewing in Ridgewood will be giving partygoers a taste of what is ahead with a pop-up taproom at Nowadays on Jan. 25, a preview to the opening of their own space this coming spring.

The first brewery in the craft beer network, Evil Twin has been working on renovating an old banquet hall at 1616 George St. since 2016 and the pop-up taproom will be ongoing from on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays to promote their excursion into the Ridgewood bar scene.

Founded by Denmark native Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergso in 2010, the George Street brewery was chosen as the first brick-and-mortar location for Evil Twin, which has built its business model around contracting beer from other small-batch beer crafters from across the globe.

It currently has a repertoire of at least 40 beers served in 35 countries, according to an earlier interview with QNS.

Jarnit-Bjergso lives just two miles away in Brooklyn and found the Ridgewood area perfect for the new chapter in the company’s history.

The banquet hall is owned by another Danish ex-pat, Torkil Gudnason, who has made a name for himself as a fashion photographer and owns a studio next door.

Jarnit-Bjergso says the international business model has been a huge success but looks forward to creating a New York brand under the new moniker of Evil Twin New York City with plans to serve up beer only available in Ridgewood.

“Sometimes you need to challenge yourself, and we want to show that this is local in Ridgewood and in New York,” Jarnit-Bjergso said. “The point is to have a place to serve directly to customers and give them something unique they can’t find anywhere else.”

Nowadays, located at 56-06 Cooper Ave., attracts beer-drinkers from the surrounding communities with live DJs and a mobile backyard shvitz by HotBox which returned to the venue in November.

Evil Twin will be the second brewery to establish itself in Ridgewood following the opening of Bridge and Tunnel Brewery on Decatur Street, which gained notoriety as one of the first microbreweries in Queens.

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