October 28, 2014 – Highly anticipated New Bohemia Brewing in Santa Cruz is on track to open by the end of the year. Brewer Dan Satterthwaite showed us around ahead of the Think Local evening he hosted for Event Santa Cruz last week. The sail shaped LEED certified building in Pleasure Point, which houses the brewery, will have a bar downstairs where the brewing will take place and another bar upstairs with glorious sunset views.
“Fifteen years ago the idea of Santa Cruz being a beer destination was…debatable, but now I’m set to be the eighth or ninth brewery in town,” said Satterthwaite, who co-founded the Seven Bridges Cooperative and serves as president of the Bay Brewers Guild.
Nubo, as everyone calls it, will specialize in the European-style lagers of Bohemia and Bavaria favored by Satterthwaite and partner Mike Hochleutner. Brewers will use a unique horizontal aging system that allows for more surface area where the beer can come in contact with the yeast, resulting in deeper flavors. There will be eight rotating taps with at least four lagers available all the time, an IPA, a Porter, a Stout and a free tap for seasonal creations.
Satterthwaite says he’ll start brewing in November in order to be able to open in late December. He studied at the Seibel Institute in Chicago and in Munich, Germany. Then he interned at a family-style brewery in Germany’s Black Forest and has worked in California for Trumer Pils and Gordon Biersch.
Food at Nubo will be limited to a cheese board, a bread and butter board and a chocolate/beer pairing board he is designing with Scotts Valley chocolatier Jenn Ashby. Betty’s Burgers right next door has expressed interest in making deliveries.
Reflecting the local passion for artisan craft beer, a kickstarter campaign to pay for construction of the bar at Nubo got underway at the beginning of October and still has three days left to go, but has already attracted double the $15,000 goal. View kickstarter video tour here.
“Being an entrepreneur is something we’re striving for and in the pursuit we’ll find out who we are,” Satterthwaite told the audience. Steel Bonnet Brewing Company in Scotts Valley is another local craft brewery set to open late this year.
Also speaking at the Event Santa Cruz night were local food entrepreneurs Jennifer Ashby of Ashby Chocolates, Naomi Woldemar of Cardamom Tuesday, chef Jamie Smith of Food Smith and Steve Principe of VinoCruz. Snacks were provided by Tabitha Stroup of Friend in Cheeses Jam Co. Radio host Matthew Swinnerton, organizer of the monthly speaker series, plans to focus the November session on local food and drinks. It is set for November 19th at Assembly Restaurant, watch for tickets to go on sale soon.