Almanac Beer Co. has called the Bay Area home since Damian Fagan and Jesse Friedman founded their “farm to barrel” brewery in 2010. But as contract brewers, crafting beer on the fringes of other brewing facilities, they’ve lacked a brewery home of their own.
That changes this Friday, February 2, when Almanac opens their new, 30,000 square foot Alameda production brewery with a taproom attached. The space at 651B West Tower Avenue debuts hot on the heels of its neighbor, Admiral Maltings, a craft malthouse next door that will help supply Almanac and boasts a taproom of its own called The Rake.
“It’s the first time that we’ve been able to sell beer direct to Almanac customers,” Friedman told Eater SF last summer. While Almanac already operates a San Francisco taproom and restaurant, in Alameda, the brewers will serve their beer right where it was made, “own[ing] the whole experience end to end.”
At a 2,000 square foot indoor taproom and 1,000 square foot outdoor beer garden, fans can sample Almanac’s barrel-aged sours and fresh IPAs — “We’re known for our sours, but we love IPAs,” Friedman recently declared. And with production capacity quadrupled by the new facility, there will be plenty to sample.
The space houses a 20 BBL JVNW brew system, with room for 4,000 oak barrels, 500 foedre (wooden fermentation tank) capacity, and 2,500 square feet of cold storage. That will help Almanac fuel its Mission District taproom and local accounts as well as its sizable 28 state distribution footprint.
While new to Almanac, the brewery space is more than 70 years old — a naval hangar from the 1940s. “It already looked like a cathedral to barrel-aged beer before we moved in,” Friedman said initially, referencing the building’s curved redwood beams that suggest barrels.
Stay tuned for more details on Almanac like a peek inside the space.