It’s been a while since I’ve blogged – mainly because I’ve been on a nice little mental vacation since completing the first draft of my book (updates on that to come when they’re available). But there’s too much happening in Santa Barbara for me to stay silent for too long.
If you’ve visited Telegraph Brewing Company’s space in Santa Barbara’s industrial/funk zone, you’ve probably noticed a few things. The first thing that strikes the new visitor is that you are right smack dab in the middle of the brewery. There is virtually no separation between the tasting room and the brewing equipment, packaging materials, cold room, etc.
This is super cool – except it means that the brewers have no opportunity to brew when the tasting room is open, which means the tasting room can only be open during select hours. Compared to places like Island Brewing or Figueroa Mountain, visiting Telegraph is somewhat burdensome (please note the “somewhat” here).
Thankfully, Telegraph is expanding. The following press release was sent out today. My biggest hope is that this means expanded tasting room hours as well.
Increased capacity will enable wider distribution of award-winning beers
Santa Barbara, CA · July 9, 2013 – Telegraph Brewing Company announced today that construction is underway on a new downtown Santa Barbara brewery. Moving from their current 3,000-sq-ft facility to a 10,000-sq-ft building immediately next door will enable Telegraph to dramatically increase production.
“This is an expansion that has been in the works for a long time,” said director of brewing operations Scott Baer. “We’re overdue for increasing capacity and expanding our tasting room, but finding the right building to grow into took a very long time.”
The new production facility will enable Telegraph to both expand sales in their current markets throughout California, Chicago, and Philadelphia, and broaden distribution to markets in several different regions of the country. “Demand for our beer has outstripped supply for some time,” said owner Brian Thompson. “The new facility will enable us to meet demand for our core products and give us the capacity to have fun with our limited-release specialty-beers like our Reserve Wheat Ale and Rhinoceros Ryewine.”
Working with architect Daniel Johnston of Santa Barbara-based Architecture J.A., Telegraph is renovating a World War II-era Quonset hut in downtown Santa Barbara. Johnston’s plan calls for replacing the building’s existing façade with a translucent polycarbonate curtain wall that will allow abundant natural light into the tasting room space, minimizing the brewery’s electrical usage and creating a dramatic visual impact. “The Quonset hut is an iconic American building. To be able to put a modern twist on this particular structure—to increase its functionality without compromising its historical integrity—is an exciting project,” said Johnston.
Telegraph Brewing, an award-winning craft brewery located on downtown Santa Barbara’s Salsipuedes Street, specializes in brewing uniquely American and Belgian-inspired beers using 100% domestic ingredients and as many local ingredients as possible. The brewery strives to reflect in its beers the unique culinary and agricultural traditions of Santa Barbara and California’s Central Coast.
Telegraph hopes to have its new production facility and tasting room, located at 418 N. Salsipuedes St., open by mid-summer 2013. For more information, including awards won and descriptions of beers brewed by Telegraph, visit TelegraphBrewing.com or contact Brian Thompson at 805-963-5018.