2014 is starting off with a bang! We have entered the final month (really this time!) of our lease here at 975 Detroit Avenue. What does this mean for the move? It means we will be starting the exciting task of moving all our brewing equipment to the Oakland Fermentation Factory in Jingletown! We brewed our very last batch of beer here in Concord last week: a deliciously fresh batch of our West Coast Session Ale, Uncle Jesse. Our last day for Tap Room in this location will be Sunday, January 26th. Stay tuned for more updates as the move progresses!
With the move we will unfortunately be saying goodbye to the Best Little Open Mic in the East Bay – our Ale Industries Open Mic Thursdays hosted by the one and only Jason Young. Jason has been coming down to the Tap Room once a week on Thursdays since 2009. We have built up a really amazing Open Mic night filled with great music, amazing people and, of course, fresh Ale Industries beer. We will be celebrating the Life & Legacy of Open Mic Thursdays on January 23rd, 2014 at our Detroit Ave location. It will be an extended Open Mic, running from 5pm – 9pm. This is a Potluck Party, so bring your favorite dish to share and let’s all send Open Mic Thursdays out in style! Check facebook for the official event page to RSVP, follow updates, and sign up to bring a dish to the Potluck. While we will be unable to continue Open Mic night at our new Concord location, The Pig & The Pickle, we will absolutely continue to celebrate and support local art, music and small business in any way we can. You can also keep a look out for exciting art and music events at our Oakland Fermentation Factory in the Jingletown District of Oakland this spring!
Saturday, January 25th we will be joining forces with The Brewing Network and over 45 other craft breweries in downtown Concord for the Winter Brews Festival 2014! The Brewing Network’s Winter Brews Festival returns to Todos Santos Plaza in Concord to celebrate its fifth year as one of the best craft beer festivals in the Bay Area, and the only winter brews fest! Tickets are now on sale and are $35 pre-sale or $45 at the gate. Tickets include unlimited pours and a commemorative glass for the first 1,500 tickets sold. Designated Drivers get in free, however this is a 21 and over only event. The event is conveniently located just two blocks away from the Concord BART station, so mark your calendars for a craft beer-infused day for a wonderful cause. The festival is a benefit for The Coral Reef Alliance and will be featuring fantastic local music from Forrest Day and our good friend Lucas Ohio Pattie!
The Pig & the Pickle – Ale Industries Marketplace is coming along! Our team is down at 1960 Concord Avenue in downtown Concord every day building our new Tap Room out. Our goal is to open up early February if everything goes as planned! We are really looking forward to being a part of the downtown community and helping to make Concord, California a quality craft beer destination!
It looks like our 2014 batch of Someone Talked, our bourbon barrel-aged Russian Imperial Stout – will be bottled up and ready to go by SF Beer Week in February. This limited edition, collaboration beer will be available at both Healthy Spirits locations in San Francisco as well as our own Ale Industries Tap Room. Keep an eye on us as we finalize our plans for events during beer week, as we will definitely be out and about celebrating the diversity and quality of craft beer in the Bay Area!
That’s all for now – Cheers, friends. (And don’t forget to ask ‘em for an Ale Industries!)