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SKYLINE BEER CO.

4/2/2020 | Hope E. Tremblay

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Business partners and friends Lisa Pac, Dan Osella and Dana Bishop are truly living their dream.

The owners of Skyline Beer Co. in Westfield brought their vision of a brewery where friends gather for good beer, good food and good vibes to fruition last fall when they moved to the 4,500 square-foot building on Southwick Road.

This is the third location for Skyline, which opened five years ago. At that time, Pac and Osella were partners and brought fresh, high-quality food and home-brewing supplies and classes to their space inside the Westfield River Brewery.

While they had success there, Pac wanted to bring her knowledge of beer to the table, literally. They found space in downtown Westfield and opened with local craft beer, adding whiskey and wine, also locally sourced. It was a bigger success than they expected, yet Pac still longed to brew her own beer.

She and Osella joined forces with friend and fellow brewer Bishop and purchased their own building at the former Fowler Farms.

The new space was welcomed by the community, many of whom helped along the way, whether it was by attending one of Skyline’s fundrais ing events, clearing brush from the lot, spreading mulch or swinging a hammer. Pac said she knew people would want to help, but she was overwhelmed by how many people stepped up.

“Everyone wanted to help and be a part of this,” Pac said. “I knew people would want to do this, but I didn’t realize how many.”

Skyline has a rustic, fresh feeling inside. Reclaimed wood – most of which came from the original structure – has been carefully and painstakingly hung on the walls in various patterns. Much attention to tiny details has been paid, from matching the hue of the wood in corners of door trim to creating a custom stain that mimics some of the weathering on the wood.

The 10-barrel, 300-gallon brewing system is what excites Pac the most. Skyline offers its own beers on tap, including its Wobbly Boots and Bushwacker as well as rotating taps. Their Pothole Porter and fruit infused flavors, such as Raspberry Jam, are customer favorites. They also offer local tequila and whiskey.

“We host whiskey dinners and every Tuesday we have fruit-infused tequila margaritas,” said Pac.

Occasional trivia and comedy nights, Open Mic events and live acoustic music round-out the entertainment, but even without that, customers flock to Skyline for its beer and food.

Osella is the chef and has always been committed to using local, fresh food. His offerings include sandwiches, soups and even skewers of bacon. Osella’s infamous pretzels come in several varieties, with dipping sauces that range from sweet to savory to spicy.

Pac said this spring, Osella is bringing back a crowd favorite – the Skyline flatbread.

“Everyone has been asking for the flatbread to come back, so we brought it back,” she said.

Pac said their customers have become family, and that’s a key to their success. For Pac, Osella and Bishop, three things drive their business, just like their website states: Food. Beer. Family.

Skyline Beer Co., 98 Southwick Road, is open 4-9 p.m. Tuesday – Thursday, 2-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 12-4 p.m. on Sunday.

WE ARE STILL OPEN WITH ADJUSTED HOURS DURING THE PANDEMIC:

MON CLOSED, TUES-THURS 3-7, FRI-SAT 3-8, SUN 1-5

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