Beer Rising: Some Big Upcoming Suds Projects


The Sierra Nevada brewery in Chico. Photo courtesy Sierra Nevada.

There are a few big beer projects coming up soon, starting with the new taproom in SoMa from Connor Casey (Press Club, Marin Brewing) and Tim Sciascia (Marin Brewing and Samuel Adams in Boston) called ~CELLARMAKER BREWING COMPANY~. Grub Street reports that the pair is looking to make some unusual beers, including saisons and sour beers with fruit aged in wine barrels. Pours will be available in smaller tastes, pints, and growlers to go. There’s no plan for food right now, but they are hoping to get a rotating roster of food trucks parked out front for all your noshing needs. The opening is currently slated for summer 2013. 1150 Howard St. at Sumner.

Over in Berkeley, Chico-based beer heavy ~SIERRA NEVADA~ is opening a tasting room on 4th Street. Grub Street first caught wind of the story, and Berkeleyside Nosh got some details, including that there will be about 16 different beers available, including lots of small-batch and unusual choices not usually available outside the company’s Chico tasting room. There will be food, though the location will be less focused on lingering and eating as it will be on educating the public about the brewing process. The goal is to open in August, though of course that is subject to change. 2031 4th St. at University, Berkeley.

On the smaller end of the scale (literally) is a new “nano-brewery” (that’s a step smaller than micro) project in Berkeley. Berkeleyside Nosh reports that the new spot just got approval from Berkeley’s zoning commission, and owner Viet Vu hopes to open in seven months. 1763 Alcatraz Ave. at Ellis, Berkeley.

And back on the San Francisco side of the bay, remember that ~ANCHOR BREWING~ is planning a new location just south of AT&T Park, at the upcoming Mission Rock development. Scoop reported in February that second location will include a restaurant and museum, plus it will nearly quadruple the brewery’s output. It’s not opening until 2016, assuming all goes smoothly, but it’s an exciting development nonetheless.