Cellarmaker Brewing Company
1150 Howard St., SOMA
Phone: (415) 863-3940
Status: Softly open; grand opening Saturday
The newest brewery to join the incredibly booming SF brew scene is Cellarmaker, the 10-barrel brewhouse from Marin Brewing Company alums Connor Casey and Tim Sciascia. The duo plan to get wild and experimental with their beers, exploring new types of hops, making sour and spontaneously fermented brews, and experimenting with additions like fruit and herbs. With that said, most of Cellarmaker's beers are quite sessionable, in the 4-6% ABV range. To start, they'll be pouring their Hop Slangin' IPA, a Petit Sour made with lactobacillus (select kegs have raspberries added), a sessionable porter (select kegs have Sightglass coffee beans added), and a pale ale made with 100 percent Citra hops. Questionable Content, a wet-hopped beer, will follow, as well as a peach sour and a Belgian grisette. Bottling isn't happening right now, but may come online as the brewery progresses.
Cellarmaker doesn't have a tasting room, but Casey and Sciascia plan to welcome various food trucks (here's their calendar) and sandwiches from neighboring 1058 Hoagie. Their space, a former auto body shop, is simple and clean, with exposed brick walls, a bit of reclaimed wood around the cold box, and wood communal tables. "I didn't want to over-design," says Casey. "I like bars that pick up character over time, rather than come out faking it on day one." Cellarmaker's hours will be Tuesday-Friday, 3-11 pm; Saturday, 12-11 pm; and Sunday, 12-6 pm. Check out their Saturday schedule to see they special brews they'll be pouring for the grand opening.