Bayview is about to heat up — last week we reported that Laughing Monk plans to open its brewery there in November, and now Seven Stills whiskey will follow shortly thereafter. Owners Tim Obert and Clint Potter, who make whiskeys made from beers they brew themselves, leased the space directly next door to Laughing Monk on Egbert Avenue (off of 3rd Street) to open a combination brewery, distillery and tap room. The space will house all the equipment needed to brew beer and age whiskey in the back, plus have a front tap room open 40 hours a week for 50 people to walk in and try up to 10 of Seven Stills' beers on tap, which haven't before been available to the public.
Obert and Potter are working to change local laws that don't currently allow walk-in whiskey tastings (those will still be able to be made by appointment), which would eventually make it San Francisco's first tasting room for distilled spirits. They are still in the very early planning stages of securing the permits to begin construction, but the guys expect to open in December with a modern warehouse feel with lots of wood and murals from local street artists.
Seven Stills is the latest secured tenant (after Laughing Monk and Azalina's) of UrbanPointSF, a development project that is working to fill 60,000 square feet in Bayview with industrial, retail, office and residential tenants. Obert tells us that he hears the fourth (and last) retail tenant could be a coffee roasting house or an urban winery, which would make the area a legitimate food and drink crawl destination, especially with Seven Stills planning to bring in food trucks. We'll keep you updated as we hear more.