If you thought that COVID-19 might slow new brewery openings…you’d best think again…And one of the most anticipated openings is happening this weekend.
Launched in Western Australia back in 2000, Little Creatures was one that country’s first craft beer operations to gain significant traction. With a name inspired by a Talking Head’s album, as well as the little yeast microbes so important to beer, Little Creatures took off “Down Under” only to be purchased in 2021 by a major Sydney-based beverage company, Lion, a subsidiary of Japanese brewing giant Kirin.
In 2018 Lion funded Little Creatures first US outpost, a brewery and artisan restaurant located in an ambitious 6,300 square feet space in San Francisco’s trendy Mission Bay neighborhood adjacent to Oracle Park and near the planned Golden State Warriors Sports and Entertainment Center.
In November 2019 Lion acquired New Belgium Brewing, which as a result is no-longer considered “craft” according to the Boulder, Colorado-based not-for-profit Brewers Association’s definition of what qualifies as a craft brewer.
In 2020, Lion, which now owned both breweries, decided that moving the widely-known American brand into the space that was occupied by Australia’s Little Creatures made more business sense…And now the venue has been completely rebranded and reimaged to reflect the New Belgium ethos.
To make sure that its beers remained excellent, the company has hired Head brewer Ramon Tamayo, whose resume includes both Russian River and Anchor Brewing, to oversee the brewpub’s transition.
According Eater/SF Tamayo has brewed up a dazzling selection of offerings for the opening…
“As to be expected, that includes a lineup of their bestselling Belgian-style brews, as well as currently trending hazy IPAs and citrusy sours. Tamayo will also be brewing five new beers on site, specifically for San Francisco, featuring a ‘Traceable Wit’ with local malt from Admiral Maltings, a ‘Super Sport’ crisp Italian pilsner, and ‘Lefty,’ a hopped-up West Coast IPA.”
The New Belgium Taproom and Restaurant officially opens on April 9th in Mission Bay, complete with 20 beers on tap and the brewery’s signature bikes hanging from the ceiling.