Inside Spike Gjerde’s Parts and Labor
Baltimore home cooks rejoice, you’re finally getting a proper butcher in the city. As much as you love the surly dude behind the Safeway counter, come early March you’ll have a proper spot to get your extra thick pork chops cut when Spike Gjerde and his ever growing Woodberry Kitchen empire open their farm-to-table butchery Parts and Labor (2600 North Howard Street).
Located in Remington, the meat-haven will offer a retail butcher shop, an 85 seat restaurant, and beer focused bar with 24 taps. Meat things and beer? Yes please. Corey Polyoka, Woodberry’s beverage and bar manager, told us their beer offerings will take the same philosophy as their food and focus on local suds; specifically featuring beers from newly legal Class 8M Farmstead Breweries around the state.
“Brewing was [originally] all about utilizing grain at the end of the season, and, with new legislation, it’s back so we want to focus on that and dedicate taps as a way to help them grow and to get their name out there, and see where that industry can go.”
To help serve the beer, they’re utilizing a truly unique beer tap system that enables for “multiple serving temps, multiple gasses, and really taking care of beer and pouring it in a way that showcases it.” There will also be the option of taking beer home from a soon-to- be-installed growler station.
Turning to the food side, the culinary centerpiece will be a massive 12’x5’ stone hearth where the majority of the cooking will be done in an open kitchen setting. “We’ll be using [the] hearth in a style that exemplifies mid-Atlantic cooking,” says Polyoka. The new butchery will also allow for expansion of Woodberrys current offerings, with all meats being sourced from local farms and available for purchase to take home to your own kitchen.
We’re told that the current plan is to open the first weekend in March, with one of their first events being a customer-judged homebrew competition going down March 30th. Enough time to score that prescription of Lipitor you’re gonna need.