Beer connoisseurs tap Rocklin for new business
A new business is brewing in Rocklin.
Inspired by a love of craft beers and a gap in the local market, a pair of ale enthusiasts has teamed with an experienced Oregon brewer to start Out of Bounds Brewing Company, a Rocklin-based brewery expected to open on Yankee Hill Road this summer. Out of Bounds will serve up to 10 exclusive craft beers and two seasonal ones, which it will start brewing this month for the public opening of its tasting room at the end of July.
Granite Bay resident Anthony Brown, the brewery’s chief operating officer and physician at Sutter Roseville Medical Center, said he had been discussing the enterprise with fellow physician Eric Johnson for almost two years before its current incarnation took shape. He said the original idea was to open a high-end taproom to exclusively serve California craft beers, but when they approached local attorney Kent Meyer to help them incorporate their business last October, Meyer recommended they meet his nephew, Bruce MacPhee, in Oregon.
“(Meyer) said, ‘You guys should fly up to Portland and taste my nephew’s beer. He’s from Chico and he really wants to come back home. If you’re ever considering a brewery, he’s a veteran brewer,’” Brown said. “We flew up there for an 18-hour whirlwind of a trip, sat down with Bruce and tasted 14 of his beers, from dark stouts to pale ales, and we were just blown away.”
Having put in three years at Coalition Brewery in Portland and 10 years at Deschutes Brewery before that, MacPhee said he was enticed by their pitch and the prospect of bringing some of Portland’s beer culture closer to home, using whole, fresh-coned hops instead of processed, pelletized hops.
“What got me was how passionate they both truly were about the beer culture, and the industry. The driving force of doing it was to come back closer to home and family, and the biggest part was, after coming down here and meeting with them and looking around the area, seeing the opportunity to bring that culture to this area,” he said. “I really like the ideas of where the company should grow and how to do it, and the chance to be part of something truly from the ground up.”
Brown said the beer’s grain will come from the Midwest and most of its hops from the Pacific Northwest, although he and his partners are looking for a farmer to help them start their own hops field locally.
Out of Bounds does not have a license to serve food, but Brown said a food truck will be outside, and he hopes the industrial-zoned, modern outlet they found for the brewery will draw customers with its ambience.
“Loomis has a brewery, Roseville has a brewery, and we think the demographics of Rocklin are sort of begging for something similar, and we thought it would be a great place to open up,” he said. “There will be a really well-built, very custom rustic bar with high-end furniture and lighting, and it’ll have a big-screen projected movie wall. It’s going to be a great place for people to come and hang out.”
In a sense, business is already underway – a 15-barrel, stainless steel brew system arrived two weeks ago, and Out of Bounds made an appearance at the Rocklin Brewfest on June 8.
Brown said the July date for the grand opening has yet to be decided, but the tasting room will probably open with eight brews, then release another two to four in the following months. Self-distribution is also in the works, as he has already spoken with a few small, local distributors to sell the beers in stores.
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