IRONWOOD Completes Idle Hands Craft Brewery


The brewery


Reclaimed warehouse windows

Malden, MA – Malden welcomed its first-ever microbrewery, Idle Hands Craft Ales, in July. Chris Tkach, founder and head brewer, needed to relocate his brewery from Everett.

IRONWOOD, of Malden signed on to design and fit out the 5,000sf space. To reinforce the notion of production, materials with a warehouse or factory feel were selected. Polished concrete floors, sleek, black epoxy countertops, and utility style lighting anchor the space.

Design elements include reclaimed warehouse windows, a feature wall clad with wood from pallets that transported brewing equipment, and a bar front covered in red metal roofing — a nod to their branding. IRONWOOD also created artwork from a variety of Idle Hands’ beer labels and bottle caps.


The brewery has a taproom for tasting and is open for customers, also serving sandwiches and pizza from nearby restaurants. To engage with their new community, Idle Hands sold naming rights to their bar stools to 14 lucky patrons who will receive the ultimate VIP treatment. This business is a great addition to the city of Malden, offering a unique and comfortable venue for socializing and tasting great, locally brewed beer. Shop local rings true for this project.

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