New breweries continue to surge

There are just too many new breweries to track. Here’s an attempt to scratch the surface.


I’m pleased to announce that Steve’s new brewery High Water Brewing has begun brewing. […] The beers will debut on draft in 5 & 15.5 gallon kegs in February during SF Beer Week (yet another reason I can’t wait for SF Beer Week!). Packaged beer, in 22 oz. bottles, will follow in early Spring, most likely in April. – Brookston Beer Bulletin

I just heard about a new brewery being planned for San Diego, the Societe Brewing Co.. The new venture is a partnership between two brewers, one of whom is Travis Smith. If you haven’t heard of Travis, you will. He brewed at Russian River Brewing for a number of years, before moving south, where he brewed at both The Bruery and the La Jolla Brewhouse. – Brookston Beer Bulletin

In 2004, after seven years of brewing under the Angel City Brewing label, Bowe had the chance to buy the Southern California Brewing Company, located in Alpine Village in Torrance. He had been doing business with the brewery, and found out from the owner that he has put it up for sale to the highest bidder on Ebay.

“The first bid was $25,000,” says Bowe. “The auction was going to end at 5:30pm and I knew that on Ebay everything happens in the last 30 seconds.” The only bidder was another microbrewery owner who stopped bidding at noon when he hit the reserve, $150,000. Thirty seconds before 5:30, Bowe put in the winning bid: $150,100. – blogdowntown

Interestingly enough, Downtown is about to get hit by the hops via Angel City Brewing, and now The Los Angeles Brewing Company. – Eater LA

Spent a portion of the holidays prepping the building in advance of commencing the actual brewery buildout. We carefully removed old paint from the ceiling and walls, applied a primer, and then painted both white (“swiss coffee” to be precise) to meet “reflectivity” requirements for a food manufacturing facility. – Ohana Brewing blog


“Like its name, the Denver Beer Company will be simple and straightforward. “That’s what we are all about,” says Charlie Berger, who plans to open a brewery and taproom with business partner Patrick Crawford in June. “We are not reinventing the wheel. Our goal is to make great beer in Denver. That’s not to say there isn’t already great beer in Denver, but there can always be more.” – Westword Denver


See Beervana’s list of in-planning breweries.


Perennial Artisan Ales, a craft brewery with plans to open in May, today announced its future home in South St. Louis: the former Coca-Cola syrup plant at 8125 Michigan Avenue, in the Carondelet-Patch area. – St. Louis Post-Dispatch


Lewis said [Pipeworks Brewing] are hoping to try a lot of different beers, rather than focus on one or two. The duo has tried interesting combinations, including a beer called Pastrami on Rye, which is made from a dark rye beer, holiday ale and the same leavened herbs and spices that would go into curing pastrami. “It comes out tasting like a pastrami sandwich,” Lewis said. “But in a good way.” – Pioneer Press


The owners [of The Altamont Brewing Co.] have bought the property next to Ritrovo Pizzeria on Haywood Road, according to word on the street. The property is a former auto garage. – Ashvegas


Wingman Brewers is planning to open in the next couple of months, and they will be located in downtown Tacoma on Fawcett Avenue, just on the edge of the old brewery district. They will start off strictly as a production brewery with keg distribution, and they will brew on a 2bbl brewing system. – Seattle Beer News

The Liquor Control Board recently received Microbrewery license applications from the following businesses:

Decibell Brewing — Bellevue. Residential address in Bellevue’s Lake Hills neighborhood.

Hillard’s Beer — Seattle. Ballard getting another brewery. Commercial location, but no other information yet. Stay tuned.

Rock Island Brewing Company — Seattle. Residential location in North Seattle.

Old Mill House Micro Brew — Tacoma. Commercial location on 6th Avenue in Tacoma. – Washington Beer Blog


Harriet Brewing Company opening in Minneapolis isn’t just the latest entry into the burgeoning Minnesota beer scene, it’s also the first new non-brewpub brewery in the city of Minneapolis since the Grain Belt Brewery closed in 1975. – Citypages

“We have no waste from transferring the beer from tank to tank; instead the tank itself changes on the inside to meet the needs of our brewing process … there is very, very minimal waste,” Morgan said. “One of our tanks takes the same amount of electricity as a household refrigerator. Our carbon footprint, as it were, is a fraction of a brewery even our size would be.” – Stillwater Gazette


Brewsters Brewery is just one of several craft breweries headed to the Nashville area. Jackalope Brewing Company will open in March with an on-site taproom on Eighth Avenue South, near Division Street. Blackstone Restaurant and Brewery is building a $3 million bottling and kegging plant on Clifton Avenue, which is expected to open for tours in the spring. – News 2 Nashville


Lakeside-based Tamarack Brewing Co., which boasts a great brewery, bar and restaurant on the west side of Flathead Lake, is currently at work renovating its second location in Missoula and hopes to open by late March, says co-owner Andra Townsley. – Grizzly Growler

Matt Muth, owner of 406 Brewing Company, said his business could open as early as the end of January. Located on Oak Street near the fairgrounds, it’ll be the first in-town competition since the Bozeman Brewing Company opened nine years ago. – Bozeman Daily Chronicle.

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