The new beer hub is an effort by Benjamin Colon, a familiar face in Orlando’s beer community, who has done stints at Market on Magnolia and Miami-based MIA Beer Company.
The Commission Beer Chamber is inspired by the owner’s life and growing up in New York and will feature areas of the bar that are nods to his childhood including a bricked section that is reminiscent of hanging out in friends’ basements, an area that looks like a schoolyard with communal benches, and a spot he’s calling the Abuela Sala that reminds him of his grandma’s living room with comfy couches.
“I didn’t want it to feel like a pretentious craft beer spot. It’s an homage to growing up Puerto Rican in the Bronx.”
– Benjamin Colon
The walls will feature a variety of murals and graffiti throws by various artists’ takes on words that reflect people and words from Colon’s life and there will be three televisions that play nostalgic films and kung fu movies all the time.
The name of the space is a nod to a plan by Jay-Z and The Notorious B.I.G. who planned to form a supergroup called “The Commission” made up of themselves, Puff Daddy, Uncle Paulie, Lil’ Cease, and Charli Baltimore. “The Chamber” part of the name is a nod to “Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)” which was the debut studio album by Wu-Tang Clan in 1993. Colon says that they will have a focus on “good music” and will be playing old school hip hop all the time.
The Commission Beer Chamber is in the final permitting phases with both Orange County and the City of Orlando and Colon hopes to open up shop by the end of July.