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Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergso inside the courtyard of his future brewery on George Street in Ridgewood.

After more than two years of planning and delays, Evil Twin Brewing is set to open its first physical brewery in the world right here in Ridgewood.

The acclaimed craft beer company, launched in 2010 by Denmark native Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergso, has until now created its arsenal of at least 40 beers served in 35 countries using different breweries around the globe. Now it aims to have its own operation inside the former banquet hall at 1616 George St. open sometime in November, Jarnit-Bjergso said.

The space will not only include the beer production and packaging inside the building, but also an outdoor beer garden and a year-round greenhouse with a bar inside of it. While it was a coincidence to end up in Ridgewood, just two miles from his home in Brooklyn, Jarnit-Bjergso said that once he saw the building and the surrounding area he knew it was the right fit.

Being in an area that is up-and-coming and is changing so fast was very attractive to us,” Jarnit-Bjergso said. “It’s a satisfying feeling when people say we’re going to help change the neighborhood.”

The brewer began leasing the building in 2016 from fellow Denmark native Torkil Gudnason, a renowned fashion photographer who has a studio next door. Jarnit-Bjergso had been looking for a possible location for some time before Gudnason reached out to him on a whim, he said, and the brewery was supposed to open last year before hitting a few roadblocks.

Even though the current Evil Twin business model led to huge success, Jarnit-Bjergso said this is the final step to creating the New York brand he desires. In fact, the company will be re-branded to its full name of Evil Twin Brewing New York City when the brewery launches.

Moreover, the brewery will produce brand-new beers that will only be available at the Ridgewood location, and Jarnit-Bjergso hopes that will attract his world-wide fan base to pay a visit.

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

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