E-Malt.com News article: USA, CA: Gilman Brewing Company expands to second location
Brewing out of a 9,000 square feet former automotive radiator shop converted into a state-of-the-art production brewery and taproom in West Berkeley, Gilman Brewing Company expands to a second location with a new taproom and gastropub now open in Daly City (2001 Junipero Serra Blvd), TheFullPint.com reported on November 7.
Gilman Brewing’s Daly City taproom is conveniently located one block south of the Daly City BART station and next to the Century 20 movie theater. In early 2020, Gilman Brewing is set to open its third taproom on Main Street in downtown Pleasanton, California.
Opening on Berkeley’s thoroughfare Gilman Street in 2015, Gilman Brewing has amassed a rabid following of craft beer fans through its hard work and grit churning out an exceptional lineup of rotating beers. Gilman Brewing thrives as one of the top East Bay craft breweries with its premium IPAs, double IPAs, hazy IPAs, tart sours, fruit-forward beers, and a distinguished roster of singular California-inspired Belgian and saison styles. Its farmhouse ales and saisons are Gilman’s most decorated beers, winning awards across the country.
In 2019 alone, Gilman has garnered more than 16 medals including five Gold medals at the California Craft Brewers Cup, California State Fair Commercial Craft Beer Competition, NorCal Brew Competition Sonoma County Fair, and USA Beer Ratings. At the New York International Beer Competition 2019, Gilman took home the highly coveted award for “California American IPA Brewery of the Year” (in 2018, the brewery won “California Saison Brewery of the Year”).
Gilman Brewing has bootstrapped its operations from the opening of its West Berkeley taproom all the way to its beers now being available at the finest Bay Area establishments, including A16, Millennium, Hilton SF, Sessions at the Presidio, The Good Hop, Grand Lake Kitchen, Whole Foods Market, Zachary’s Chicago Pizza, and hundreds of others. Built with working-class ethos and a dedication to brewing sophisticated beers, Gilman Brewing is a fiery underdog putting the East Bay beer scene on the map along with an array of its craft contemporaries.
Owner/Brewmaster/Builder Sean Wells and his laid-back crew of brewers, bartenders, musicians, and builders are devoted to taking the pretension out of craft brewing with a beer lineup representing its blue-collar spirit and fascination of workin’ on cars, motorcycles, metal, and wailin’ on Johnny Cash songs with the house band while on break at the brewery. With beer names such as Satan Is My Motor, Quarter Panel, Antifreeze, Fuzzy Dice, Dashboard Jesus, Bad Tattoo, and Autoshop IPA, Gilman Brewing puts their heart into each and every beer they brew for California’s discerning beer community.
Featuring light fixtures, taps and trim handcrafted by Sean and the crew back at the brewery in Berkeley, the 2,900 square feet Daly City location features a farm-to-table food menu developed by Executive Chef Kurt Steeber, formerly a chef at Zuni Café. Every item is prepped in-house, with locally sourced and organic ingredients featured whenever possible. Just like their focus on handcrafting only the finest brews, the Daly City crew produces artisanal sausage and butchers fresh calamari — they even grind their own hamburger by hand.
Similar to the extra time they take carefully fermenting their award-winning saisons, the Neapolitan-inspired pizza dough at Gilman Brewing — Daly City undergoes an extra-long 72 hour delayed fermentation (for pizzas such as Wild Mushroom, Fennel Sausage, Bianca, Margherita, Ice Cube) and takes center stage on the menu alongside a cast of Northern-Italian and modern American small plates, sandwiches, and burgers (Short Rib Burger, Salmon Rillettes, Fried Chicken Sandwich, Fishwich, Grilled Cheese). Rounding out the menu is an array of salads and snacks (Kale, Baby Beets, Cobb, Caesar, Buffalo Wings, Chicken Liver Mousse, Bruschetta Prosciutto, Melted Skillet Caciocavallo Cheese). 20 rotating Gilman beers on draught as well as a sophisticated wine list, guest taps for cider, beer, and kombucha are available daily. Beer to go is available with growler fills and cans of special taproom-only releases.
A resident of Daly City, Sean Wells comments, “We’re super excited to be the first and only craft brewery to open a taproom/restaurant in Daly City. The community here needs a gathering place for great locally brewed craft beer. Living here in Daly City, it personally means a lot to me for the city to finally have fresh beer available at the level that Northern California beer aficionados have come to expect. Gilman Brewing is now here in Daly City to fulfill that need. We’ll also open an adjacent 400 square feet enclosed heated outdoor patio before the end of the year that were thrilled to be able to offer locals.”
11 November, 2019