The nomadic brewers behind Local Brewing Co. are looking to launch a neighborhood watering hole. Regan Long and Sarah Fenson have posted a Kickstarter proposal to ask their fans to help raise at least $69,000 to create a three-barrel brewery and taproom with small bites. A celebration for their Kickstarter campaign and new brew with ThirstyBear will take place at Kilowatt this evening (June 16) from 6 to 8 p.m. The bar will donate all profits from the first keg to the Kickstarter cause.
"We want to open a small place where people can hang out for a while on comfy couches and drink a few pints of our session beers," says Long. "And sit near the fireplace, because San Francisco is always cold."
Their storefront, which they want to build in the Mission, Potrero Hill, or Dogpatch, will be as big as the community wants it, according to Long. She says if they double their minimum goal, they'll be able to build a seven-barrel brewery (which Long says is about the size of Magnolia Brewery, for reference). And if locals want to go big or go home and triple the minimum, Local can brew as many as 10 barrels.
Pledges start at $5 and go up to $500. Depending on your donation, donors will receive stickers, pint glasses, and T-shirts that mark you as a founding member of the "Local Coalition." Long and Fenson plan on commemorating their coalition by putting up a plaque with all the donors' names.
The last we heard from Local was during SF Beer Week, when it did a guest brew with ThirstyBear. Long says that the 1776 IBA was a huge hit, with 10 bars and restaurants including Range, Shotwell's, and Rosamunde Sausage Grill putting it on tap. They followed that with another ThirstyBear collaboration -- this time their Glen Park Pale Ale, which has been a crowd favorite at their Dolores Park "focus groups." It can now be found at Alembic, Churchill, Monk's Kettle, and Piccino.
"It's pretty amazing for a little brewery with no brewery," she says of the big and unexpected reaction. "There was a demand, but no supply."
But now, as they say, if you help them build it, the beer will come.