So you all know where PV square is right? It’s the Phua building across the street from the Alameda Marketplace. A while ago I spotted a sign that indicated that a Brewery was “Coming Soon” turn out that coming soon is sooner than we all expected after the “Square” had been vacant for so long. Enter SpotMojo a site that, apparently, is used for people to suggest what they want at a certain vacant storefront. Sort of a wish list. SpotMojo posted a thing on PV square a while back and, I guess, one of the big things people said they wanted was a brewery. Evidently the owner of PV Square is working to make that happen.
The result of that effort is the Alameda Island Brewing Company, which will be co owned by Bill Phua and head brewmaster Matthew Fox. From the Spotmojo page on the Alameda Island Brewing Company here is Matthew Fox’s bio:
I was stationed in Alameda with the Coast Guard on the USCGC Morgenthau. I met my wife Jennifer there, an Alameda High graduate. We moved to San Diego when I was stationed at the Pacific Area Tactical Law Enforcement Team. After I got home from Iraq, I left the Coast Guard and started school. We both Graduated from Cal State East Bay and moved to Redlands, CA. That’s where I got into home brewing and have won many awards and medals, most recently a gold at the Pacific Brewer’s Cup.
The gold medal he won was for creating an American Ale. I’m sure there is some nuanced distinction, but I’m not a drinker so I have no idea what it is.
The reason for this sudden push for exposure is that the Alameda Island Brewing Company will be going before the Zoning Administrator to get approval for the business, from the AIBC website:
The Zoning Administrator of the City of Alameda will hold a public hearing to consider the operation of a beer manufacturing facility with accessory tasting and sales room and extended hours of operation to midnight, seven days per week on Tuesday, October 29th, 2013 at or after 3:00 p.m., at City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Avenue, Conference Room 360, Alameda, CA. All Interested parties are invited to attend and participate in the hearing. The hearing is an opportunity for the public to comment on the proposed project.
I’m going to go out on a limb and say there will be no opposition to this project and it will be welcomed with open arms. If approved, AIBC will not be the only brewing company on the Island as Faction Brewing is already up and running. Of course I’m sure there are enough beer lovers in Alameda to keep both businesses hopping (pun!)
The other day I saw a brewery tour bus in my neighborhood so maybe they are looking to add Faction, and maybe Alameda Island Brewing Company to its list shortly.