Work on the 4,300 sq. ft. Realerevival on Poplar Street is in overdrive as the owner-operators work fast and furiously to ready their highly anticipated brewery for a preview at the Taste of Cambridge this weekend. With an official opening projected for July 27, the former bowling alley and pool hall is taking shape as the town’s hottest new destination.

From the beautiful 30’ bar created from local cedar and steel found in Church Creek from a barn roof, to the dozen high top table squares and booths made from hardwood flooring, the 1,500 sq. ft. tasting room is an homage to the owners’ Dorchester County roots. Plans for the grand opening are still brewing – along with four of the ales they’ll initially offer — but co-owners JT Merryweather and Chris Brohan are already looking ahead to the special events and partnerships designed to make Reale a regional destination.

One exciting development already set is their partnership with fellow CSDHS classmate, Main Street neighbor and friend Chef Ian Cambell whose acclaimed Bistro Poplar will provide locally inspired pub fare – fried oysters, frites and wraps — to Realerevival patrons.

With the dedication of A Few of My Favorite Things expanded wine bar last month, opening of Stoked Woodfire in April, and construction underway at Elliott’s Baking Company, Cambridge continues to cement its reputation as a culinary destination and go-to for gourmands.