By Jay Brooks
Friday, February 19th, 2010 at 1:09 pm in On Beer.
According to the Vallejo Times-Herald, Ed and Karen Cummins have recently had their plans approved by the Vallejo Planning Commission to open a microbrewery on Georgia Street in downtown Vallejo, the first in town since Prohibition. “From the 1860s until Prohibition hit Vallejo, there were three establishments in the city that today would qualify as microbreweries, said Jim Kern, director of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.” It will still likely be several months before it could open, as there’s still quite a bit left to do from paperwork, more permits and actual construction, too. Since microbrewery is a term with a specific meaning; “a brewery that produces less than 15,000 barrels of beer per year with 75% or more of its beer sold off site,” I’d be surprised if the newspaper was using that term correctly. In other words, a microbrewery is package brewery, not a brewpub, which sells most of its beer on-site. Everything else about the story suggests that a brewpub is more likely, but we’ll have to wait and see. Still, a new brewery in the Bay Area is always wlecome news as far as I’m concerned.