Almanac Beer Company founders Jesse Friedman and Damian Fagan are thrilled to announce their new Almanac Brewery & Barrelhouse located on the former Naval base on Alameda Island, California. Set to open in the fall of 2017, this completely renovated 1942 former Naval hangar is a 30,000 square foot facility specifically designed and engineered to brew Almanac’s diverse portfolio of fresh and barrel-aged beers.
The sprawling facility will house a 20 BBL JVNW brew system; room for 4,000 oak barrels; 500 BBLS of foedre capacity; 2,500 sqft of cold storage; a 2,000 sqft indoor taproom and an additional 1,200 sqft outdoor beer patio. For the first time in its six year history, Almanac will brew 100% of its beer onsite when the brewhouse comes online this fall, supplying beer to their San Francisco Taproom & Kitchen, Alameda Taproom, and for its 26 state distribution footprint. The new facility will allow Almanac to greatly expand on its sour and barrel aged beer production and will significantly increase capacity for brewing and experimenting with fresh beers like hazy IPAs, lagers, stouts, and many more styles.
“We are incredibly excited to join the Alameda Island and East Bay brewing communities,” says co-founder Damian Fagan. “Brewing on the former Navy base in a historic building is a dream come true for us. To be surrounded by industry friends and businesses like Admiral Maltings, Faction Brewing, Rock Wall Winery, and St. George Spirits is incredibly inspiring. It’s a community we can’t wait to contribute to.”
“Internally we’ve been calling this project, ‘Almanac 2.0’”, says co-founder Jesse Friedman. “We’ve built an incredible business as a partner brewery, utilizing other breweries’ equipment to make our beers for the last six years. We are stoked to finally own every step of the brewing and production process—from grain to glass. Alameda will allow us to take our beers to the next level.”
The brewery and barrel house will be located at 651 West Tower Ave, Unit B, on the former Naval Base on Alameda Island, California.
After a thoughtful and difficult decision, Almanac is announcing the end of our canned Fresh Beer line and associated draft products. This includes San Francisco IPA, Saison Dolores, Craft Pilsner and Mandarina. We loved these beers and we are sad to see them go. However, we’ve realized through this process that Almanac’s heart and soul is brewing barrel-aged beer and our resources are best served continuing to build and expand our extensive oak program.
After six months of growing our canned product lines, the impacts of dedicating ever expanding resources—financial and human—became increasingly less attractive. We could either shift the fundamental focus of the brewery or stay true to our core concept. Resources didn’t allow for both directions, so we made the decision to refocus on our purest passion, barrel-aged beer.
Doubling-down on our oak program and operating our soon-to-open San Francisco Taproom are the top priorities for Almanac. We know our fellow craft beer enthusiasts will be thrilled with what we have in store. Our San Francisco taproom is the culmination of over five years of planning and waiting for the right opportunity. The taproom will finally provide a comprehensive Almanac experience—one that seamlessly melds our passions for California-sourced ingredients into exceptional beer and seasonal cuisine. We can’t wait to share the inspired art, outstanding service, taproom-only beers, thoughtful food and the outdoor beer garden with you. Stay tuned for our pending open date!
As we close the book on our Fresh Beer cans, we’d like to thank the incredibly talented people who made them possible—our dedicated team of Almanac brewers and collaborators, our passionate sales team, our talented designers at DKNG Studios and all of our wholesale and retail partners who embraced this new direction. As always, we continue to appreciate the support and passion of our craft beer fans, partners, and colleagues and we look forward to sharing so much more in the coming weeks and months.
The Almanac Beer Team
Rebuilt from the ground up, our new year-round Fresh Beers combine amazing aromas, complex flavors and a go-anywhere attitude. These brews feature a fresh new design that reflects our excitement about the beer inside the can.
Meet the new year-round lineup: Craft Pilsner, Mandarina, San Francisco IPA, and Saison Dolores. Brewed and canned in San Francisco in collaboration with Speakeasy Ales & Lagers these new beers highlight freshness, flavor and aroma.
But why put them into cans? Cans stay fresher, retain greater flavor and can pretty much go anywhere. These aromatic flavor bombs are equally at home on the beach, by the campfire, in the canoe and on the dinner table.
A crisp, dry-hopped lager that provides a West Coast twist on the traditional German style. Citra, Mosaic, Simcoe, and Mandarina Bavaria hops provide a melon and citrus nose backed by 100% Pilsner malt. This beer is crushable, always begging for another sip and pairs well with sushi, outdoor grilling and tames spicy Thai and Mexican dishes.
Mandarina’s tart and citrusy profile makes it the perfect beer for warm, sunny days. The combination of crisp tartness, tangerines and the citrus aromas of Mandarina Bavaria and Citra hops puts this farmhouse ale’s fruity aroma over the top. Pair this summer sipper with a day at the beach, fresh sashimi and shellfish and citrus-infused desserts.
This West Coast IPA features an explosive aroma of citrus, tropical fruit and dankness from a blend of Citra, Mosaic, Simcoe, Hallertau Blanc and El Dorado hops. Intensely hoppy without overt bitterness, a light malt backbone balances this IPA, giving it a clean finish and making it a beer to be enjoyed again and again. Inspired by San Francisco but brewed to be enjoyed everywhere. Enjoy with super burritos, hangtown fry, and rich cioppino.
This California spin on a saison highlights tropical and floral aromas. An expressive fermentation provides hints of pineapple and white pepper, while a dry-hop of Mosaic and Hallertau Blanc doubles down on tropical aromas of mango and passionfruit. Enjoy this aromatic farmhouse ale with earthy mushroom dishes, funky washed-rind cheeses and al pastor street tacos.
Get excited! Limited draft runs are available now in California, with cans launching mid-summer everywhere Almanac is sold. Cheers!
Barrel Noir is Back! Reintroducing one of our favorite beers from the past, a special blend of dark malts, complex aromas and oaky deliciousness. Barrel Noir centers around a base imperial stout that is chock full of roast, chocolate and coffee flavors. This beer is aged in our Woodford Reserve bourbon barrels for nearly a year and a half.
The result has picked up intoxicating oak, vanilla and bourbon flavors. The final brew is amazingly complex and tasty, but it’s not our style to sit back and relax so we’re taking Barrel Noir and blending it into some fun variants:
Cold Brew Coffee Barrel Noir
The first in Barrel Noir Series drew inspiration from one of our favorite treats from San Francisco: Sightglass Cold Brew Coffee. Sightglass Coffee is an independent coffee roaster with a focus on single origin beans, lightly roasted for fruity aromas and flavors. Their Vanilla Bean infused Cold Brew Coffee has powered the brewery on more than one hot day.
Sightglass makes its Cold Brew Coffee is made by steeping coffee and vanilla beans in cold water, creating a rich, smooth treat. Cold Brew Coffee Barrel Noir is made similarly. In collaboration with Sightglass,we selected a combination of Finca Las Florestales beans, from Colombia, and Banner, a blend of beans were chosen to be added to the stout base.
Coffee beans and Tahitian vanilla beans weren’t just thrown into our bourbon aged stout. We thought the flavors would compete and muddle, resulting in something unimpressive. The beer was chilled and added to a tank containing vanilla beans and over one hundred pounds of ground coffee. The beer was then allowed to steep and “cold-brew” until the coffee, bourbon, and vanilla shined.
The resulting beer is velvety, rich deliciousness. It is the perfect beer to start your weekend morning (or weekday morning, we don’t judge) with next to a plate of French toast creating a complete breakfast. Drink it next to your smoked brisket at dinner and then finish your day off with a bowl of vanilla ice cream and one more glass. The perfect nightcap!
One variant? Why stop there! We have ideas for some extra tasty barrel-aged beers that we aren’t quite ready to announce yet. If you want to stay up-to date on our latest releases check back on our blog or sign up to receive our newsletter at the bottom of this page.
Almanac Beer Co. of San Francisco will begin distributing throughout the State of Massachusetts on a permanent basis after announcing its distribution agreement through the Massachusetts Beverage Alliance, a craft beer distributor network servicing the Commonwealth. Almanac is well respected nationally for it’s sour program and will be rotating multiple styles into distribution from its Farm To Barrel Series and Fresh Beer program starting with Farmer’s Reserve Pluot, Hoppy Sour: Azacca, and Almanac IPA amongst others.
“Almanac is incredibly excited to join the Massachusetts beer scene. We’ve long admired the local brewing culture and history in Boston and and Massachusetts, and are thrilled to be a part of it.” Said Jesse Friedman of Almanac Beer Co.
Founded in 2010 by Friedman and Damian Fagan, the San Francisco-based Almanac Beer Co. is known best for its Farm-to-Barrel Wild Ales including the Farmers Reserve series, which are produced using locally-sourced fruits from partnering farms throughout Northern California and then rested in oak barrels. Each harvest, Almanac partners with a different Northern California farm to supply the fruit used for that season’s batch. This level of collaboration gives Almanac’s ales a terroir distinctive to the region.
“We hosted Almanac for Beer Advocate’s Extreme Beer Fest this past February and had a small amount of beer available for distribution and events leading up to the fest,” said Brian Murphy, MBA’s Director of Sales & Marketing. “Our customers responded excitedly to Almanac as their portfolio resonates with a growing segment of the craft beer consumer population. Their reputation for producing some of the best wild and barrel aged beer in the country precedes itself. We are very proud to be welcoming Almanac from the Golden State.”
Massachusetts Beverage Alliance LLC is a network of like-minded beer distributors who share the mission of providing, promoting, and building quality craft and specialty import beer throughout the state of Massachusetts. The MBA is proud to have 14 Certified Cicerones ® throughout their network to help promote and educate the Massachusetts market on the craft beer category.
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