Brewery Day Shuttle: Gilroy adventures for craft beer fanatics

My Bay House brewery excursions lately took me to Gilroy, lengthy identified for its aromatic garlic and lots of small wineries. Now a couple of locals are looking to put it at the map for beer, as smartly. It’s a just right have compatibility, too. Town was once based in 1870 and named for John Gilroy, who was once a cooper or barrel-maker, a business that’s as essential to brewing, as it’s to winemaking.

Promised Land

For the final a number of years, the town’s most effective brewery has been Eric Ingram’s Promised Land Brewing. Like such a lot of skilled brewers, Ingram started as a house brewer greater than a decade in the past. However his love and data of beer grew as he evolved a particular craft beer portfolio at his Morgan Hill eating place, Path Mud Fish fry.

Gilroy’s Promised Land Brewing will open an enormous new taproom subsequent spring on this area, previously occupied via a Yamaha dealership. (Courtesy Jay R. Brooks) 

By way of 2014, he had rented a warehouse and begun scouting for places to position a brewery. Promised Land opened in March of 2019 — and a yr later, smartly, you understand. A deadly disease pivot to packaging its beer quickly outstripped the features of the brewery’s cellular canner, however Ingram purchased a canning line early final yr.

Nowadays, the brewery provides outside seating in entrance and out again and restricted indoor seating, the place you’ll experience fare from the meals vehicles that regularly park out entrance, in addition to, after all, some nice beer.

The taproom assists in keeping a couple of dozen beers on faucet, together with its two best-sellers, Bread and Circus, a light ale, and Diamond Blonde, a refreshing blonde ale. You’ll to find unmarried, double and triple IPAs, at the side of West Coast and hazy types and a number of other different choices, similar to Journey Immortal, an imperial stout brewed with vanilla, hazelnuts and toasted coconut.

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The massive information? Promised Land hopes to open a 2d location — one who’s 4 or 5 instances the dimensions of the unique within the outdated Yamaha dealership down the street — with a complete kitchen to churn out pizza and such. Hopes are top for a March 2023 opening.

Main points: The dog-friendly brewery opens at 4 p.m. Wednesday-Friday and midday on weekends at 7419 Monterey St. in Gilroy;

Settle Down Brewery

Gilroy’s latest brewery is so new it isn’t even open but, however it’ll be — palms crossed — via the tip of September. Settle Down Brewery is the paintings of 2 homebrewers, Giovanni Albanese and Robert Anderson, who’ve pursued that interest in combination for 14 years. The duo met when Albanese started courting Anderson’s sister. Now they’re brothers-in-law — and their plans to open a brewery had reached trade partnership degree two weeks prior to the pandemic lockdowns started in 2020. Undaunted, they discovered a location within the downtown house and started turning it right into a brewery.

Brothers-in-law and beer enthusiasts Robert Anderson, left, and Giovanni Albanese are opening Settle Down Brewery in Gilroy this fall. (Courtesy Jay R. Brooks)
Brothers-in-law and beer fanatics Robert Anderson, left, and Giovanni Albanese are opening Settle Down Brewery in Gilroy q4. (Courtesy Jay R. Brooks) 

The licensing required to promote beer and maximum in their different approvals are all locked down, with the notable exception of PG&E, which has been gradual to approve the extra energy necessities of working a brewery. Till that hiccup is resolved, Settle Down can most effective do small batches of beer. The taproom could have restricted hours — at some point every week plus non-public occasions — to begin, with extra days to apply. No meals, aside from loose popcorn, however you’re welcome to usher in out of doors meals from probably the most many close by eating places, and kitchen plans are within the offing.

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Settle Down’s beer record will emphasize hoppy ales to start with — blondes, reds, stouts and West Coast and different IPAs — at the side of kettle sours and a few lagers. Be expecting to peer a rotating portfolio of no less than a dozen brews plus a seltzer and a non-alcoholic providing.

As for the title, it’s the brewery’s hospitality philosophy: to create a comfy area for other people to loosen up, experience themselves and relax with a lager.

Main points: Settle Down Brewery & Taproom is opening at 7515 Monterey Highway in Gilroy. Take a look at and the brewery’s Fb web page for information about opening hours.

Downtown Gilroy Beer Move slowly

Style the brews from Promised Land, Settle Down and greater than 40 different breweries on the 7th annual Downtown Gilroy Pub Move slowly, which can run from 1 to five p.m. Oct. 15. Tasting tickets ($30) can also be bought by means of Eventbrite at Downtown companies might be embellished for Halloween, and costumes are inspired.

Know an area brewery or brewpub that’s knocking it out of the park however isn’t getting the popularity they deserve? Drop me a line at [email protected] and inform me why you like them.