Grass Valley Brewery is in the works

From the blog of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine:

Grass Valley Brewery — a 10,000 square-foot, two-story brewery, including a restaurant and bar with a beer garden — is being proposed in Grass Valley, our magazine has learned.

The project site — east of downtown Grass Valley — is located between Idaho Maryland Road and Whispering Pines Way, on the west side of Brunswick Road. The applicant is David Krikorian.

The project, detailed here, was disclosed in an agenda for the City’s Development Review Committee, which will consider the plan at its meeting on Tuesday, June 28. No formal action is planned.

A 79-room hotel at East Main Street-W. Olympia Dr., previously reported, also is on the agenda.

Grass Valley elected officials have been seeking to bring a brewery to town — noticing the success in Nevada City with ol’ Republic Brewery and Three Forks Brewery & Baking Co., as well as the boom in craft brewing. Ol’ Republic Brewery recently won a prestigious “best of show” honor at the California State Fair. Three Forks also won an award at the Fair.

Grass Valley Brewery includes a total of 68 on-site parking spaces. The site is in an area of commercial business park uses. The architect is Thomas Roman Architecture, according to the planning documents.

“As noted, the property’s Whispering Pines specific plan zoning designations are still unresolved due to potential legal challenge,” according to the staff report. “The outgrowth of the challenge will dictate the … process that the applicant will have to undertake to bring the project to fruition.”

“Staff recommends that the Development Review Committee consider the conceptual site plan … and make recommendations on the plans that should be addressed prior to submitting a formal application.”

About jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website SierraCulture.com. Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for years, was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News, and was Editor of The Union, a 145-year-old newspaper in Grass Valley. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing and trout fishing.
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13 Responses to Grass Valley Brewery is in the works

  1. PeteK says:

    Great news! Sure beats a pot dispensary!

  2. jeffpelline says:

    I suspect one of those is coming too. Have a great weekend!

  3. Don Pelton says:

    Connect the dots. This appears (now in retrospect) to be one of the main drivers — if not the main driver — behind the push to rezone (by text amendment) the SP-1A section of the Whispering Pines business district, now the subject of a lawsuit by local residents (a suit based on pretty clear CEQA violations).

    See my summary here:

    Local Citizens’ Group Takes Legal Action Against City of Grass Valley

    The Development Review Committee meeting is open to the public, and I encourage anyone interested in this issue to attend Tuesday’s meeting. A big public turnout often nudges the City (and county too, in my experience) to do the right thing, which they ought to do whether under the bright light of public attention or not.

  4. Don Pelton says:

    Our friend Ralph Silberstein says (about the Brewery plan):

    “Nice idea, Bad location. Needs to be walkable, In town.”

  5. Brad Croul says:

    Sierra Nevada brewery in Chico is not downtown and not walkable but is a popular place to eat. It depends on whether you want room to expand, or just want a small boutique brewery in a neighborhood. Those tanks take up a lot of room.

  6. stevefrisch says:

    If you have not been to Knee Deep Brewing in a warehouse at the Auburn Airport you should go there one day….http://kneedeepbrewing.com

  7. Great idea, but I wish it was in downtown GV. If Three Forks can put a brewery in downtown Nevada City, it definitely can be done in Grass Valley.

  8. jeffpelline says:

    UPDATE: I spoke to the project’s applicant David Krikorian, who said he has decided to drop plans for a brewery at this location. It comes amid a zoning controversy on property where the brewery was to be located.

  9. Judith Lowry says:

    What about the former Meek’s location overlooking the basin?
    Would that fall in to compliance with zoning?
    Just wondering, as that property has so much potential.

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