March 10, 2015 – After months of anticipation, New Bohemian Brewing in Pleasure Point passed its final inspections yesterday and is ready to start serving beer. The first customers during a soft opening this week and next will be the nearly 400 beer lovers who supported the brewery’s kickstarter campaign. Not only do they get the first sips, the name of each one is etched into the lip of the bar. “We want our supporters to come in and see their names and help us get the staff up to speed,” said brewer Dan Satterthwaite.
Satterthwaite says he’s got four brews ready to pour—two lagers, a hefeweizen and a brown ale—with lots more lagers on deck. New Bohemian will specialize in the Central European style lagers of Bohemia and Bavaria. “It’s exciting to finally be brewing in here,” he added. “But breweries don’t come with owner’s manuals. We put it all together and had to resolve a few problems. But now we’re feeling more at home.”
NuBo will open to the general public by the end of the month, he promises. It will be open daily from 4-9pm to start, working up to noon-9pm as beer supplies permit. Satterthwaite is a popular figure in local brewing circles. He co-founded the Seven Bridges Cooperative and serves as president of the Bay Brewers Guild. 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.
The brewery is the first tenant in a striking sail-shaped LEED certified building on 41st Avenue. The two story facility has a bar downstairs where the brewing takes place and a second bar upstairs with good sunset views.