By William Brand
Monday, September 22nd, 2008 at 9:20 am in Uncategorized.
If you’re a fan of the Trappist Beer Cafe in downtown Oakland (CA.), and you ought to be – Here’s some great news. They’re expanding.
Chuck Stilphen, who co-founded this very authentic, Belgian-style pub with Aaron Porter, says they’ve leased the adjacent 1,000 square feet of the turn-of-the-century building they occupy at 460 8th St..
Plans are to create a bottle shop at the rear selling mostly Belgian beer and American craft beer. The front will be a pub, specializing in craft beer. We’re talking Pliny the Elder and maybe Dogfish Head. There will be 10 or more taps, all pouring American craft beer.
They’re also adding a small kitchen so there will be food service both in the present pub and the adjacent new one.
Chuck and Aaron just returned from a trip around Belgium scouting pubs to get ideas for their expansion project. Chuck showed me some of the pubs on his iPhone. (Damn I’m envious. I’m stuck with Verizon and my imitation iPhone. Basically, it sucks.)
They’ve settled on mahogany wainscoting with a kind of metallic, tarnished silver paint above, copied from a Belgium pub or restaurant.
ETA six months.
Photo: Chuck Stilphen pouring Green Flash Le Freak at the Trappist.