|21st Amendment's Shaun O'Sullivan and Nico Freccia cheer|
the opening of their new brewery
San Leandro Mayor Pauline Cutter gave a speech, as did brewery co-founders Nico Freccia and Shaun O'Sullivan. Then, hoisting over-sized scissors and posing for the cameras, Freccia and O'Sullivan cut the ceremonial ribbon to hearty cheers and loud toasts with multicolored cans of 21st Amendment favorites "Brew Free or Die", "Down to Earth" and "Watermelon Wheat" held high in the air.
|San Leandro Mayor Pauline Cutter says a few words|
Not only will 21st Amendment eventually brew 75,000 barrels annually at this facility, they'll open both a tap room, a restaurant, and even a community meeting center. Plenty of breweries have drawn people into industrial spaces they would never otherwise venture into for pints of well crafted beer, including Drake's Brewing, located just a block away in San Leandro. 21st Amendment's ambitious plans greatly eclipse this tried and true "brewery and a tap room" model.
Needless to say, San Leandro public officials were far more excited about the potential of 21st Amendment's brewery than they would be for the opening of a dry wall warehouse. I struck up a conversation with San Leandro Vice Mayor Jim Prola who couldn't contain his enthusiasm for how he felt this brewery would support an ongoing San Leandro waterfront development and the prospect 21st Amendment supporting of local charities and non-profits with "pint nights", as Drake's already does. Of course, he must also like all the jobs and tax dollars the brewery will generate.
Can 21st Amendment successfully create an even bigger community meeting place in this tired looking industrial park than they did in cosmopolitan San Francisco? It's very possible their grand dreams may not be fully realized. But I'll say this: Beer has long been proven as a powerful social force.
I'll leave you with a few pictures from the festivities.
|From the outside, the brewery has a rather drab and unexciting look|
|In the not too distant future, this will be a tap room|
|Some impressive looking brewing equipment|
|Brewmaster Shaun O'Sullivan showing off the new|
brewery to guests
|More of the same|
|A maze of metal|
|More shiny, brand spanking new brewing equipment|