Roslindale’s first permanent brewery will open this summer

We were thrilled to be covered by Erin Kuschner at as we launched our Building Distraction Kickstarter campaign this week!

When Mike Estey, Patrick French, and Justin Garnache met a decade ago through their preschoolers, they discovered that they had more in common than packing lunches and shuttling kids to and from school. All three were passionate about beer and home-brewing, and decided to try their hand at brewing beer together.

They called their venture Distraction Brewing, paying tribute to “the idea that craft beer has been a pleasant distraction in each of our lives,” French said.

On Sunday, Distraction launched a Kickstarter campaign to secure additional funding for the brewery’s first taproom, projected to open in May at 2 Belgrade Ave. in Roslindale.

Brewery looks to open in Roslindale Village

We were interviewed in a piece for Wicked Local this week!  

Of all places, Distraction Brewing Company, which hopes to open in Roslindale Village this spring, began at a preschool. While waiting to pick up their kids, Mike Estey, Justin Garnache and Patrick French became friends and shared their love of craft beer. Now they’re taking their enthusiasm and experience to open their own craft brewery, French said.

“We’re going to be a brewery and taproom... space for people to come and mingle, grab a pint,” French said. “We want to be a community gathering place."

Distraction Brewing Company Plans a Taproom in Roslindale Village

Boston Magazine did a full write up about our upcoming opening in Roslindale this coming spring! 

"Distraction Brewing is a startup by West Roxbury resident Mike Estey, Justin Garnache of Roslindale, and investor Patrick French. The dads met a handful of years back through their kids. The adults in the group bonded over a love of craft beer, often while sipping on Estey’s latest batch of homebrew. He’s been an amateur brewer since about 1998, taking inspiration from favorite beers by Dogfish Head, Ommegang, and more recently, Trillium and Tree House, and developing his own recipes for styles across the spectrum, he says."