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Sacramento’s newest craft brewery is scheduled to start production at 18th Street and Broadway in October.
Construction is under way after months of delays at New Helvetia Brewing Company, owner David Gull said Thursday.
“We started construction two weeks ago, and we’re scheduled to have that done Oct. 1,” he said.
After that, the brewing equipment will be installed, and the business can begin brewing its seven- or eight-barrel batches of beer. Each barrel holds 31 gallons.
Gull said the delay – the business was originally scheduled to open in February – was due to the time it takes to get contractors up to speed on a new project as well as hurdles caused by the nature of working in a historic building.
The core concept of the business hasn’t changed since The Sacramento Press first reported on it last year. The approximately 5,000-square-foot building was constructed in 1925 and was most recently a tile manufacturing plant. Before that, it was the Casa Grande Tortilla Factory, and it has been vacant for about two years. Multiple rooms stem off a courtyard, and each will be used for a different aspect of the business.
“It’s a brewery and tasting room,” Gull said. “The public will enter up front into the tasting room, and they will be able to look through a dividing wall with windows into the brewery itself.”
Beers, including an IPA, will be brewed in very small batches and aged in wooden barrels. Initially, beer will only be served on draught from taps in the building. Kegs will be sold to local bars and restaurants, but not to the public. Bottling will come later, as the business expands, Gull said