By ALLEN RAU
If you ever get a hankering for good, locally brewed beer and wood-fired pizza, there’s a joint two minutes from downtown Jonesborough that might ease your craving.
Devin Rutledge, who recently purchased Depot Street Brewing, has spent many years honing his craft and he and his wife decided to purchase the business to become fully invested.
“It wasn’t like an off-the-wall decision; pretty much my entire adult career has been brewing beer,” Rutledge said.
As “Brewmaster of the Universe”, according to his business card, he takes craft beer to heart.
“We do it in the authentic German fashion. Everything is kind of hands-on,” he said. “We definitely do the craft, we take that seriously.”
Rutledge believes the process of brewing is very much an art. While some beers take a few weeks, some take a few months.
“It depends on the beer. From grain to glass anywhere from two weeks to two months,” he said. “We do it the traditional way.”
According to Rutledge, the process for brewing different beers is key. For instance, the ingredients of a lager and a pale ale are the same, but the process is different. Some may take longer, and some may have slightly different ingredients.
While the beer is definitely worth the visit, Depot Street also offers authentic wood-fired pizza.
Shawn and Jennifer Stanley previously ran the Fire in the Hole Pizza food truck, but they are now permanently located at Depot Street.
“They do a wood-fired pizza that is, and I’m not just saying this, it’s the best pizza I’ve had around here … I’ve been to Chicago and New York and I’d put that up there,” Rutledge said.
“He’s really meticulous, he uses really good ingredients. He does the same thing as our beer and that’s kind of why he set up here. We have similar philosophies when it comes to ingredients and quality.”
Now that spring is here, Rutledge said the outdoor seating area has recently become more popular and the bocce ball court they built themselves will certainly be a busy place.
And if bocce isn’t your thing, the homemade shuffleboard table is available upstairs.
So as the weather begins to warm up, there is a place close by that offers locally made food and drink for you to enjoy.
The Depot Street Taproom is open Wednesday and Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m., Friday from 5 to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 2 to 9 p.m. and is located at 904 Depot Street.