In early 2015, the buddies found themselves drinking beer together again, and the idea came back to life. With investment help from family and friends and the hiring of German brewmaster Henryk Heiner Orlik, the idea that began over beers with friends took shape in late June as Legal Draft Beer Company opened its doors in downtown Arlington, an area of the city that is on the verge of becoming a new destination for restaurants and bars.
“Arlington has experienced this pent-up demand for a brewery and for really anything that is cool,” McCarthy said. “We have the stadiums, but nothing that makes people want to stay. We want to change that.”
Even though the craft beer scene is young in Arlington, Legal Draft could be the missing puzzle piece that rounds out the burgeoning development in the downtown area.
“Ten years ago, our downtown was nothing like a traditional downtown experience,” Rutigliano said. “Now, we have Legal Draft, which is a high production brewery, and Division, which is more of a home brewer on steroids, and a growler bar called Kool Keg, which helps pull these two together.”