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Nano brewery, Ferment.Drink.Repeat opens in the Portola next year!

Kevin and Shae, bringing a unique beer experience to the Portola

Kevin and Shae, bringing a unique beer experience to the Portola

The Portola Planet has been slow for many months due to a busy family schedule and a crazy new day job. But while we’ve been quiet, a lot of things have been going on in the Portola. We’ve seen superb progress at the Burrows pocket park, great free live music in McLaren Park this summer and news of some exciting new business along San Bruno.

Breakfast at Tiffany’s is due to reopen with new owners and they plan to maintain the theme of the popular local restaurant but update the menu with some newer ideas. The Portola Planet will get a chance to speak with the new owners in a few weeks and report back here.

But this article is all about another great new business that’s planning to open on San Bruno Ave. After months of looking for a location, Kevin and Shae Inglin were pleased to secure a large space previously occupied by Innovative Windows Inc. (in between Imperial Garden Restaurant and the old Avenue Theatre). Their mission? To open Ferment.Drink.Repeat – a Nano Brewery with Tap Room co-located with the largest homebrew supply shop in the city. As an Englishman who has a passion for ales, I had to find out more and had the chance to have lunch with Kevin and Shae.

Layout

As we entered the large space, Kevin immediately threw down on the floor the plans for the whole space. They are still in the process of deciding on minor changes, but the format was clear. At the front, there will be a bar with plenty of seating and tables. This is absolutely a place to have a pint or two. Walk past the bar and to the right will be a cooler where the beer is stored, but behind that will be where the magic happens. Kevin has been involved in the home brewing scene for the past 18 years and has previously served as the Vice President of the San Francisco Homebrewers Guild and is currently an active member of the board.

As you enter FDR, you’ll walk right into the tap room. Where you can drink a full pint of any one of the beers on tap. Initially the beers will be of Kevin’s own creation, but the idea is that he will select home brewers, who have proven their mastery of the craft by winning an award, to come and brew their recipe at FDR. 2-3 weeks later, you’ll be able to drink the beer onsite. Like what you are drinking? Then head upstairs to their retail store where you can purchase all the equipment and ingredients you need to make your own. Although, as Shae reminded me, just because you can follow a Martha Stewart cake recipe, doesn’t mean you are making Martha Stewart cakes!

Bridgetown fermenters under construction

Bridgetown fermenters under construction

The equipment for FDR is being constructed specially for them and the fermenters above are now finished and ready for delivery. It’s impressive looking stuff, but Kevin assures me that it’s not going to scare your average home brewer. His fermenting room is essentially large scale versions of what most home brewers already use, so it’s going to be familiar territory. Is he expecting anyone to wander in and brew? No, he is going to be selecting those who are well versed in the craft.  But, for those who want to start learning, you can buy everything you need for your first brew from FDR for somewhere between $100 to $150. If you want to learn more about the whole home brewing scene and start reading up before you try it yourself, Kevin recommends the How To’s on the American Homebrewers Association website.

I asked him if he had any ideas for a local Portola beer? He was already one step ahead. He said he has Portola Porter in the works! We cannot wait. When FDR gets closer to opening, keep an eye on the Planet and we’ll bring you up to date.

Permanent link to this article: http://portolaplanet.com/2014/09/ferment-drink-repeat-open-portola-new-year/

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  1. Alex

    We are so excited for this addition to the neighborhood, thanks for the write up!

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    Can’t wait! When will this be open?

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