Scoop: Locals seek to open Grass Valley Brewing Co. in historic downtown

A group of locals is actively seeking to open Grass Valley Brewing Co. in the historic downtown, capitalizing on the boom in craft beer, Sierra Foothills Report has learned.

The group has registered the URL Grass Valley Brewing Co., filed a fictitious business name with the County, scouted out potential locations — including one on East Main Street — and consulted with the City of Grass Valley about permitting requirements.

The drawings include a tap room and small brewery that would be a gathering place. The plan is creating buzz among local brewing enthusiasts, who gather at places such as Sierra Moonshine brewing supplies in Grass Valley.

The plan to open a brewery in downtown Grass Valley comes as another plan for a two-story, 10,000 square-foot Grass Valley Brewery is being proposed at a site between Idaho Maryland Road and Whispering Pines Way, on the west side of Brunswick Road.

Grass Valley elected officials, including County Supervisor Dan Miller and City Council member Howard Levine, among others — 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.

We would welcome Grass Valley Brewing Co. and hope it can get off the ground before yearend.

Author: 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 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.

4 thoughts on “Scoop: Locals seek to open Grass Valley Brewing Co. in historic downtown”

  1. This beer craze continues to amaze me. One of my old hang outs, Bend Oregon, now has 24 breweries and there is a total of 32 scattered around Central Oregon. Deschutes Brewery has been so successful it has even announced they are going to open up an East Coast facility. I would think Grass Valley, even with an older population, could have a few successful brewery operations/brew pubs around here.

  2. Great addition to Main Street, Grass Valley! Interesting that they really own the name- “Grass Valley Brewing”. And congratulations to our local breweries for their wins at the State Fair Competition- “Best Of Show” for Ole Republic — WOW!!!!!! They (Ole Republic and Three Forks) continue to be homegrown “job creators” as they become more successful, creating other jobs as offshoots to support them- from suppliers of ingredients, to stainless steel welding of tanks and fermenters.

  3. UPDATE: Meanwhile, the plan for a two-story, 10,000 square-foot Grass Valley Brewery east of downtown has been dropped, its owner told me. It comes amid a zoning controversy on property where the brewery was to be located.

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