California Brewery expansions and upcoming new brewpubs

The Beer Buzz

Existing Brewery Expansions and New Brewpubs in the Works


Focus on Northern California

Pyramid (Hart Brewing Co. from Washington) is expanding to a brewpub and 80K capacity microbrewery complex slated to open (soon?) in Berkeley cutely named the Pyramid Ale Brewing Co. Yeah! Also, Barbary Coast Brewing Co. is in the works in Berkeley, set to open on the waterfront with an 80 foot pier! next February, 1997. Click here for Barbary Coast Brewing homepage. This is one brewpub you can sail to. Finally.

Golden Pacific Brewing Company is expanding big time. While there are no plans for a brewpub they will have a tasting room located on the roof!

San Francisco is looking at about five new brewpubs to open in the next 1-3 years (some of this has to do with the new baseball park for the SF Giants being built in China Basin, opening in 1999, which ought to attract real beer lovers). One of these new pubs is called Beach Chalet Brewing Co. and another is named Thirsty Bear Brewing Co. Thirsty Bear is on 3rd & Mission and opened for business Sept. 13, 1996. They'll be the overflow pub for the yuppie crowd from Gordon Biersch.

Beach Chalet is down by the Cliff House, slated to open late this year if all goes well. The location is pretty cool. Teri Fahrendorf announced a Steelhead Brewery to be built at Fisherman's Wharf; look for it to open late 1997. Steelhead's first venture in the Bay Area was Burlingame Station which opened last year, fine brews there!

Matt's own brewing project and working brewery, Brewery Atlantis, is looking to open up a brewpub in the City next year, perhaps March 1997. So there, I've mentioned four of the next five new breweries/brewpubs in San Francisco.

Sonoma is looking at the Benziger Family Winery to open a brewpub in the heart of Sonoma Valley wine country. Very cool. This makes Dick Arrowood, of the super-premium Arrowood Winery, very happy -- left turn lanes mean big bucks in wine country for official tasting rooms. Benziger pays for a left turn lane on the Sonoma Hwy and everyone's happy. A working name for the brewpub is Valley of the Moon Brewing.

Not to be left out or outdone by Sonoma, The San Francisco Business Times says Pete's Brewing is building their 30 million (dollar?) brewery in Napa.

Pleasanton has been really busy lately. Two new openings there include HopTown Brewing Company, a microbrewery brought to you with pleasure by Mark Garetz. Next door you can sample this beer at the HopYard Alehouse & Grill which has more than 30 real beers on tap. (I love the place) Pleasanton Main Street Brewing is the newest Bay Area brewpub to open since March. Brewmaster and owner is Matt Billings. I've been there and am underwhelmed.

Sunnyvale's Faultline is adding a new location at Walnut Creek.

Gordon Biersch has remodeled their brewpub on Emerson in Palo Alto. Also, Gordon Biersch is building a new large capacity brewery in San Jose slated to become operational by the end of the year. They will be bottling.

And last and certainly not least, Hoppy Brewing Company (formerly T.ROY) is looking to open up a brewpub in San Jose's Willow Glen neighborhood sometime next year. Let's hope that Troy Paski can throw a party for 'us' at the new pub in 1997! ;-)

Fianlly, I'd like to put in a good work for the Jupiter pub on Shattuck in Berkeley. Jupiter's been open about 3 years now and is the latest creation from the Martin brothers (of Big Time, (Seattle), 20 Tank, & Triple Rock fame).

Please email me with your very own Brew Rumors, opening announcements, news or corrections.

See you at the pubs!

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