Fremont tasting room puts craft German beer, warm hospitality on the menu

Like the Tribune’s “Night Owl” column on Oakland’s burgeoning nightlife, we have started a similar feature for the Tri-City and Hayward areas. It’s called Out & About and the second feature — which profiled a Fremont microbrewery called Das Brew — ran in Sunday’s paper. The first one ran last month and profiled Mission Coffee Roasting Company. Here’s the one on Das Brew:

FREMONT — I was running late and feeling stressed one muggy evening as I stepped inside a new brewery in south Fremont. Despite its unlikely location — a modest office park in the most industrial part of town — the owners’ hospitality put me at ease, and I hadn’t even tried the beer yet.

The charms of Das Brew, a cozy microbrewery and tasting room that specializes in German beers, have that calming effect on visitors.

Its flavorful microbrews are made with loving care by Jan Schutze (pronounced “Yon Shootz-a”). His wife, Priscilla LaRocca, serves customers with a witty, welcoming manner. The couple has used that simple combination to transform the modest 240-square-foot room into a watering hole with a fast-growing, loyal following. The tasting room opened in late March, next to their environmental consulting business, in a warehouse in the city’s East Industrial neighborhood.

Schutze, who grew up in Hamburg, Germany, said he likes the unusual location. “I look at a brewery like it’s a laboratory. I need it to be clean and sanitized.” He added with a shrug and a smile: “It might be the German in me.”

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Chris DeBenedetti

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