Saturday, December 31, 2022
Tuesday, December 27, 2022
In 2013, I watched a couple of YouTube videos on home brewing. The next week, I bought an extract kit from Napa Fermentation and with the help of my neighbor, we made that first batch of Malty magic. I was amazed at the process of what we created; it was the best beer I’d ever tasted, (Haha), I was hooked.
In 2015, it was time to move to a more permanent brewing location where the space was dedicated to brewing. The “Brew Shack” was born about 1,000 ft from where SBC sits now. I can still remember how big the first commercial 3.5-barrel brew house system I brewed on seemed at that time, but now, seeing the 3.5 barrel fermenter next to our new 30-barrel fermenters, it reminds me how far we have come.
About myself, I was born and raised Benicia, CA. When I was young, I was always involved in open wheel racing. I raced dirt and pavement sprint gokarts locally and around the US from age 12 to 20. Later I started working in a machine shop in Vallejo after high school making Sprintcar parts. In 2010, I started working at a national laboratory as a machinist. Racing and Brewing are my life’s passion, right below my lovely wife Debbie of 35 years, 3 sons and 2 grandchildren.
Sunday, December 25, 2022
Wednesday, December 21, 2022
Sunday, December 18, 2022
Audrey and Ryan met while working in the food service industry over 10 years ago.
In 2015 they were married, and in 2016 they had a little girl named Paisley, who you may see running around the property. Their baby boy Beau was born in 2019 and has subsequently joined his sister in her adventures around the property.
With nearly 15 years of food and beverage service between them, they now run SBC’s front of house operations, and they haven’t disappointed!
Ryan’s hobbies include reading, Dungeons & Dragons, and working out.
Audrey’s hobbies include buying coffee, playing and coaching softball, and helping others.
Thursday, December 15, 2022
Monday, December 12, 2022
Tis’ The Season to be Pastry. Fa la la la la, la la la la! Our take on the ever delicious Cobbler we all grew up with and loved for Dessert. The very first up in our Cobbler Chronicles Series is Crustworthy. A Blackberry Cherry Cobbler complete with a scoop of Vanilla Ice Cream on top! We take our usual sour base and then add absurd amounts of Blackberry, Raspberry, Vanilla Ice Cream Mix, Brown Sugar, and Cinnamon. This sour will surely help bring in the Holiday cheer! Que your favorite festive tunes, get all nice and bundled up, and don’t get too stuffed! Trust us you'll want to save room for Dessert!
Friday, December 9, 2022
Tuesday, December 6, 2022
Saturday, December 3, 2022
It all started with a call from a friend saying there is this great home brewer (Brian Bell) that wants to take it to the next level and needs a place to brew at a much larger scale than in his garage. After trying his beer, that was it, we were in! Although our background is not in brewing beer, we have run multiple businesses in the past and we knew this one was going to be successful.
Fortunately, after talking with our son and daughter-in-law, Ryan and Audrey, they were willing to take this journey with us. Our true joy in owning SBC is watching our customers, their family and friends, enjoying the atmosphere and amenities we have created, not to mention the fantastic award winning beers our brewers produce!