May 8, 2018 – The planning process is not yet complete, but Soquel’s popular Beer Thirty won zoning approval last Friday for a new 3-acre taproom-restaurant-nursery complex just a few doors down from its current location.
The new project, called Soquel Farmhouse, includes a two-story building with a taproom, walk-up counter service restaurant, a bottle shop and outdoor seating with an entertainment area for live music and room for food trucks. It will also include converting the existing retail nursery into a home and garden gift shop similar to Dig Gardens in Santa Cruz or Hidden Gardens Nursery in Aptos.
The owners of Beer Thirty initially acquired the property as a way to deal with overflow parking issues, but have been working with Santa Cruz County officials for the past two years on plans to develop it. “Those plans have evolved into something pretty spectacular!” they wrote in a Facebook post, urging followers to attend the zoning hearing. Full details of the project can be found here.
The Beer Thirty folks currently have a lot of projects on their plate or should we say on tap? They are putting the finishing touches on the new 4,000-square foot Beer Mule brewpub anchoring the Watsonville Hangar complex and expected to open this summer. They are also awaiting permits for a third beer garden on the old Der Wienerschnitzel site in Santa Cruz at the corner of Soquel Ave. and Caledonia St. As long as there’s a thirst for craft beer, they aim to help quench it.