Like any group of young professionals, Erin Schally and her friends enjoy going out and relaxing with a mug of beer.
Brown said the group has come a long way from backyard home brewing to having their guests try out their beer at Brown and Wang’s wedding in 2013.
“We wanted to brew all the beer for 150 people, view it as a release party,” Brown said of her wedding. “The bride’s beer was an IPA and the groom’s beer was a bourbon-vanilla stout.”
“It was kind of an unveiling,” said Schally. “This was a way to get family and friends to taste the beer and get feedback.”
Today, the group of six partners now runs Epidemic Ales in North Concord where they continue to brew beer on a smaller scale until they get the necessary licenses and permits that will make them fully operational sometime in late summer, said Schally, who grew up in Walnut Creek with her sister and brew partner, Raina.
Epidemic Ales, the newest brewery in Concord, joins Ale Industries, The Hop Grenade, EJ Phair, the Pig and the Pickle, and local businesses for the annual American Association of University Women fundraiser, Art and Wine (and Beer!) Walk.
Art and Wine (and Beer!) Walk in downtown Concord
Opening March 28 in the former blacksmith warehouse more recently known as Bing Crosby’s restaurant, Corners Tavern (1342 Broadway Plaza) is taking it back to Walnut Creek’s old-school roots. Apparently the city was first named the Corners in 1849. A collaboration between experienced restaurateurs Mitchell and Steven Rosenthal and Doug Washington (Town Hall, Salt House, Anchor & Hope) and Tim Harmon and Jon Swanson (Paragon, El Dorado Kitchen), the restaurant draws inspiration from the classic English pub, adding in whimsical design details that probably wouldn’t be found in Old Blighty. Hallucinatory floor patterns are created by pennies, snake cages divide seats in the lounge, faux taxidermy livens up the walls, and the maple-top bar is shaped like a horseshoe.
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Even though the space is smaller than it was during the Bing Crosby days, it’s still a biggie: 95 seats in the dining room, 30 at the bar, 16 in the private dining room and 30 outside.Even though the space is smaller than it was during the Bing Crosby days, it’s still a biggie: 95 seats in the dining room, 30 at the bar, 16 in the private dining room and 30 outside.
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“Those big garage doors are pretty impressive…
“Well, we wanted to get some light into the space. When we took it over, the first thing we noticed was how dark it was. And to me, it was like ‘we need some light in here!’ This is California, it’s all about sun and light. We wanted to open up that side, so the whole front face is glass—we wanted to just wash the whole dining room in light.”
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