Despite some delays, typical when any form of construction is at play, Guvnor’s Brewery is coming to Norwalk’s Washington Street mighty soon. More than just a restaurant, Guvnor’s owned by Tony Aulakh, will brew six of its own beers. This gives Guvnor’s the unique title of the first microbrewery to hit SoNo (South Norwalk).
Guvnor’s digs, at 136 Washington Street, used to be home to the candy store “Sweet Rexies” and also served as headquarters for U.S. Senate candidate Linda E. McMahon. It’s no wonder, then, that there needed to be a major construction upheaval in order to transform that space into a restaurant and microbrewery.
Guvnor’s will feature a large kettle where their ales will be brewed, as well as three fermenters, all visible to customers.
In addition to the six regular beers, Guvnor’s will also feature seasonal beers. Aulakh also promised that some of his beers would be used in the restaurant’s food recipes.
So, where’d the name Guvnor come from? Apparently Aulakh goes by that name, so it’s the perfect way to brand his new brewery. The beers he’ll be brewing include:
- Black Magic Stout
- Full Monty IPA
- Summer Chill Wheat Ale
- Guvnor’s Lite Blonde Ale
- Red Hot Dominatrix Red/Amber Ale
- Iron Curtain Pils (a Czech-style pilsner)
Aulakh stated he purposely chose South Norwalk because he’s excited about the direction the city is headed in and wants to be a pivotal part of that growth. SoNo is “becoming a hip, fun loving and artsy town. Perfect for our brewery, for beer is art too.”
For those who like to eat alongside their beer, Guvnor’s will feature Executive Chef Peter Crawford, who has worked at Bouley in NYC and was also Executive Chef at La Panetiere in Rye and 323 Main in Westport.
Guvnor’s Brewery should be open sometime between Labor Day and the Norwalk Oyster Festival.