October 3, 2017 – Get ready to welcome a brand new craft brewery to the Monterey Peninsula. Other Brother Beer Company has acquired a 7,000 square foot building at 877 Broadway in Seaside and is getting ready to build a tap room and brewery to open in 2018.
“We’re not really into it to make a lot of money, but to build a community around something we really love,” says Evan Loewy, who is partnering with Michael Nevares and brewer Kevin Brown on the project.
Loewy, a Carmel native, lives in San Francisco and manages marketing for the family’s Other Brother Olive Oil company. The boutique olive oil producer sources olives from the family orchard in Carmel Valley, an orchard in Templeton and six or seven growers across California to make their signature blend, which is sold locally at The Wharf Marketplace.
He brewed a little beer in college and the new company’s brewer—who comes out of the San Diego craft beer scene—is currently working with brewer J.C. Hill at Alvarado St. Brewing in Salinas.
“The craft brew industry is so much more collaborative than anything I’ve been involved in before, it’s amazing. I love it!” says Loewy. Brewer Kevin Brown previously worked at Alpine Beer Company outside of San Diego—a brewery that is known as the “home of pure hoppiness.”
“That’s the style we like,” adds Loewy, “but eventually we will also have a barrel-aged and sour program.”
They plan to open the tap room first, brewing under contract at Barrel Brothers in Windsor, California, to “see how things go” before putting in their own brew house. And he thinks the Seaside location, formerly occupied by Carpet Caravan, is a good one.
“There are a lot of young families moving there, the city is re-doing Broadway and making the sidewalks wider and putting in trees…and our good friends at Acme Coffee are right down the street!” says Loewy, who just turned 30.
“I’m excited and terrified at the same time,” he says of the new venture. “There’s a lot invested in this, but from what I’ve seen craft beer is definitely on the rise.”
Deborah Luhrman is publisher and editor of Edible Monterey Bay. A lifelong journalist, she has reported from around the globe, but now prefers covering our flourishing local food scene and growing her own vegetables in the Santa Cruz Mountains.