Subject: Brew Pubs in the immediate Quake zone
Date: 1989-10-31 13:19:52 GMT
From: FLOPN2::PANZER "The drive-in will never die" 27-OCT-1989 13:32:23.65
Subj: FOR POSTING
California Brew pubs and the earthquake
I gave a report on four brewpubs I visited in the Monterey
area in a previous issue of this newsletter. Unfortunately, they
were all located within an hour's drive of the epicenter of what
is now being called the "The Quake of '89". Out of concern and
curiosity, I checked back with those brew pubs a few days after
the quake to see how they fared. The cities where the brew pubs
resided are now probably more familiar to you after all the
First I checked on the Monterey Brewing at 638 Wave St in the
Cannery Row district of Monterey. It is a small stand-alone wood
frame building surrounded by two and three story brick buildings
and featured a pale ale, amber and porter, all very good. Nancy
Sawyers, the business manager told me that she was at her desk in
the office, surrounded by tall stacks of beer cases, when the
tremors started. She dove under her desk as the quake caused some
glass breakage and caused the cigarette machine to dance about
three feet away from where it started. In the brew house, the
kettles moved some but were not rocked off their mountings. The
pub was open for business on the Friday after the quake. The rest
of the cannery row district in Monterey apparently suffered
relatively minor damage.
Santa Cruz, an hour+ North of Monterey was hit much harder
than many surrounding cities. I had visited Santa Cruz Brewing's
Front Street pub at 516 Front Street. It featured Lighthouse
Lager, Lighthouse Amber, and Pacific Porter. I only got a second
hand report that the pub, a part of the badly damaged downtown
mall area, will be out of action for at least a period of months.
Nearby was the Sea Bright Brewing Company at 519 Sea Bright.
This was a more modern type of bar that featured Pelican Ale, Sea
Bright Amber, Batman's Best Bitter, and Kangaroo Pale Ale. They
currently (note the word currently) have a different selection of
specialty beers, namely Serious Stout, Painless Pale Ale and an
Oktoberfest beer. The pub is in a newer building and hardly
cracked any walls. The bulk of the damage came from 20 broken
pint glasses. In the brewery area, a couple of valves broke as
the brew kettles moved over a little. Due to their weight, the
kettles were reconnected right where they ended up. The bar keep
I spoke to was driving to work when the quake hit. He said his
first indication was a jolt he felt in the car and then the
traffic light in front of him crashed to the street.
Meanwhile, San Andreas Brewing at 737 San Benito St in
Hollister, was almost on top of the epicenter and the pub and
their brews were aptly named. They had Earthquake Pale Ale,
Seismic Ale, Earthquake Porter, Kit Fox Amber, and a Cherry Ale.
I talked with John Williams, a bar tender and told me that
when the quake started, there were only 3 employees and an older
woman in the place (it was just before the dinner hour). The
older woman was in the WC and, well, let's just say she was not a
happy camper. The staff looked for cover as a lot of glassware
and some plaster began falling and the tables and chairs started
dancing with each other. The big brew kettle shifted back and
forth on the mountings but did not fall.
By Friday, power, phones and water were back and the city
water was not yet potable. While they reopened at the same time
as the Monterey brew pub, the neighborhood around them was losing
a number of older buildings to the wrecking ball. Next time
you're there, it might be less uncouth to simply ask for a porter
rather than an EARTHQUAKE porter.
Even if you don't know anybody out there, it's odd the way
such events can affect you after all. At least 3 of 4 brew pubs
are still going and are subject to patronage.
Plano, 462-8768 PANZER@FLOPN2.CSC.TI.COM
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