tasting room

we're in business...

sorry again for the silence, but it has been a very, very, very busy few months trying to get things ready to 1) start production, and 2) opening the tasting room.

we brewed our first batch on Feb. 12. and since then have brewed a total of 5 batches. batch #1 has been kegged and we have started to sell to accounts.

having batch #1 kegged we frantically opened the tasting room last week. thanks to everyone who stopped by to support us! stay tuned for an official grand opening....

eventually we will have consistent hours, but in the meantime, check out the "TASTING ROOM" page for a current schedule of hours. or follow us on TWITTER and FACEBOOK for updates.

See you at the tasting room soon!

(click here for directions)

the tasting room

a key element of our business plan and model has been to have a tasting room where people can stop by to purchase and sample beers produced on-site. we received a conditional use permit from the city for such a use. we requested to have open hours to the public on Thursday and Friday evenings and Saturday and Sunday afternoons/early evenings. we have been working on this room and always had a particular vision for it. but given our ever-decresing limited budget, we had to find that balance bewtween affordability and a particular aesthetic. below are pictures of what the room currently looks like.

btw, we could be open to the public now, but first we need to brew the necessary beer to sell -- in other words we need to have beer for you to taste in our "tasting" room :)

we have in our plans to cut out and place an 8ft x 4ft window on the wall looking into the brewing area (red rectangle). my home kegerator is substitute-dispensing for a larger/longer kegerator in the near future.these beams were what we found under the ugly drop-down ceilings. we cleaned them up, installed dimmered warehouse pendant lights and exposed AC vents.

a church pew we purchased from a lovely family in the San Francisco area. this pew was built for a church (Mission Park Congregational Church) in SF in 1909 using local wood. what makes it even more special is that the sides of the pew have our logo carved on them!

don't know much about this chair that we bought at a flea market except that it's pretty darn cool looking. view from the restroom vestibule.view from the front door

oak countertop tables with industrial stools (and a couple of old random kids stools).painted steel doors with our new ADA-complaint restroom signs. we are pretty excited about the signs :)

governor jerry brown signs ab1014

Great news today!

A couple of weeks ago, California Senate bill AB1014 passed unanimously through the State Senate floor. This bill calls for the exemption of brewery tasting rooms from Health Dept regulations -- a privilege which winery tasting rooms enjoy.

Usually it would be signed into law by the governor around January 1 of the following year. However, today the bill was signed by the Governor. Tom McCormick, Executive Director of the California Small Brewers Assoc., sent an email to CSBA members notifying of the great news.

So it looks like it paid off not to go through LA County Health Dept plan checking was a good move –– since it saves me over $10k to be compliant to its regulations. Unless the Health Dept will allow us to open the tasting room before Jan 1, the aim is to open the tasting room the first week of January!

Save up your pennies and we will see you at the tasting room!

bill ab1014. brewery tasting rooms

There is a bill supported by Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher making its way through the State Assembly. It is Bill AB1014, which seeks to exempt brewery tasting rooms from Health Department regulations, which could costs breweries tens of thousands of dollars to do so. This would allow breweries to enjoy a condition which winery tastings rooms have.

So far the bill has passed Appropriations and the Assembly Floor. Its next stop is the Senate Floor before being signed into effect by the Governor at the beginning of next year.

The approval of this bill looks very promising. You can see its voting record here.

So what? I will have a tasting room and in Los Angeles County (not the case with all counties in California) I would need to comply with the regulations of the retail division of the Health Department (wholesale division no longer regulates breweries in LA County). In effect I would need to meet the regulations and codes for a retail bar. If I choose not to open a tasting room now and hold off for the bill to pass and take effect next year, I can save $$$$$, which is important for my tight budget.

So I will need to decide at some point soon, whether I will pay $$$$$ to get the tasting room up and going now, or wait until next year, or figure out another option.

Leave a comment if you would like more info about this bill and how you can support it.

submitted CUP application.

Today we submitted our Conditional Use Permit (CUP) application with the City of Torrance. This is probably our first milestone in moving forward from a dream to a reality.

The CUP application is for a tasting room -- for patrons to visit the brewery and taste our beers. A brewery is listed as a permitted use for the zoning of the property we will be leasing, but a CUP is needed for having on-premise retail sales.

The City of Torrance's planning dept. has been very helpful. I have learned that having prelimiary dialogue about your project and goals with the planning dept of the City in which you are interested is important. Prior to Torrance, I dealt with other cities' planning dept later on in the process and it was not that helpful. I could have saved time if I talked to them early on. By having early communication you can gauge the City's interest in supporting your business and also to know what could work or not -- regardless of how you might interpret the municipal code or think it will work in your favor. In addition, whether your proposed use is permitted or not in the Code, you can talk to the City's people and find out if they would be supportive of such a project.