Sonoma Springs Brewing is looking to expand production from just 500 barrels per year of beer, or about 15,500 gallons, to around 2,500 barrels, a vast jump enabled by adding staff and buying a new brewing system that doubles the amount the brewery can produce in each batch, from 10 barrels to 20.
That expansion, however, comes at a cost – the brewery will have to close its old location, at 750 W. Napa St., on Sept. 13 and reopen about five blocks away sometime in November, when construction is finished. The new brewery and tap room will be at 19449 Riverside Dr.
Manager Kathy Powell, mother of brewer Tim Goeppinger, said the brewery has enough beer stocked up to keep its other customers supplied through the reopening. The beer is available in a variety of locations around Sonoma and at Sprenger’s Tap Room in Santa Rosa. It is available in various locations in San Francisco and the East Bay.
She said they had hoped to remain in the old location until December, but the landlord found tenants that wanted to move in as soon as possible, forcing the shutdown.
The exact opening date is uncertain, at the mercy of the vagaries of construction, Kathy said. Tim could be back brewing as early as late October, but the taproom is unlikely to be ready by then.
The brewery will post updates on the opening day on its Facebook page. We’ll bring you the news here too.
Here’s a piece we posted yesterday about Sonoma Springs and other beer standouts in Sonoma, based on a lovely little video vignette of the scene in the scenic little city.
– Sean Scully