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Castle Island Brewing Co. scraps plans for Ink Block beer garden this summer

Castle Island Brewing Company’s summer beer garden won’t happen this year after all.
Castle Island Brewing Company’s summer beer garden won’t happen this year after all.Castle Island Brewing Co.

Sorry, beer-lovers: You’ll have to scratch this location off your list of beer gardens to visit in Boston this summer.

Castle Island Brewing Co. announced that its new beer garden at Underground at Ink Block, a converted park space beneath the Southeast Expressway, isn’t happening after all.

“Well folks, we have an Underground update for everyone,” the company wrote on Facebook and Instagram Monday afternoon. “Due to circumstances beyond our control, our beer garden will not open at Underground at Ink Block this summer.”

The company thanked people from the community for their “strong support and interest” in having a beer garden at the urban park, but stopped short of providing details as to why plans were scrapped.

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Representatives from Castle Island Brewing Co. did not immediately return a request for comment.

But city officials said in a statement that Boston Police had safety concerns about people consuming alcohol in a main and busy artery.

Ted Tye, managing partner at National Development, the company that leases the land from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation and coordinates programming at the park, said although they received community support, they were “unable to obtain the necessary approvals” for the beer garden in time for summer.

Underground at Ink Block is an 8-acre space beneath the overpass that cuts through the South End and South Boston. The “urban playground” features pedestrian boardwalks, bicycle paths, outdoor artwork, and performance space, according to a website promoting events at the park.

Officials from Underground at Ink Block posted a message similar to Castle Island Brewing Co.’s on Instagram Monday.

This isn’t the first time that the brewery’s planned beer garden has faced setbacks.

The Norwood-based company’s pop-up debut was originally scheduled for May 11, but was later delayed until late spring. As spring turned to summer, the beer garden still never took flight, however. Plans called for the spot to be open Thursdays and Fridays from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. through mid-October.

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While people won’t be able to walk to the park-beneath-the-highway to enjoy a beer, all hope is not lost. In its message to the community, the brewery said it’s looking ahead to a Plan B.

“We’re working on a backup location as we speak,” the company said, “and will be sharing developments in the coming weeks!”


Steve Annear can be reached at steve.annear@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @steveannear.