Armistice Brewing Company plans to expand its taproom and outdoor beer garden in Richmond’s Marina Bay neighborhood.
Currently, the popular micro-brewery, owned and operated by siblings Alex and Gregory Zobel, features on-site tastings and sales, food sales and an outdoor patio at 845 Marina Bay Parkway. According to city planning documents, the brewery wants to expand into 6,900 square feet of adjoining tenant space to create a larger tasting room, kitchen and dining space. An expanded beer garden is also part of the plans.
At its meeting Thursday, the commission is set to hold a public hearing to consider amending Armistice Brewery’s conditional use permit to allow for the expansion.
City staff is recommending that the commission approve the plans.
“The proposed micro-brewery expansion is compatible with the surrounding commercial area,” according to city documents.
In describing the project, Armistice credited the community for making its current space a “special place.”
“While we put a lot of thought into cultivating and maintaining a healthy, positive culture in our tasting room, it’s really the community that populates it that creates the neighborhood vibe that makes this space special,” according to the owners’ application.
The expanded taproom is set to be consistent with the original taproom, “a warmly lit, wood-filled space appointed with locally and sustainably harvested redwood from nearby El Sobrante,” the owners said.
“We’ll continue to use barn wood recycled from our family’s barn, where we used to homebrew, and redwood to build the community tables and chairs, which will encourage conversation among neighbors and strangers,” they said.
Pizzas, salads, and sandwiches will be offered making Armistice a “bonafide eating establishment.”
“Our throwback vision to the old idea of the public house where a community gathered to share news and a few pints has come to fruition,” the folks at Armistice said.
Armistice has been a community-minded business. Its dollar-per-pint Ally Tap program highlights and supports local organizations doing excellent work.
Read a great profile about Armistice by Berkeleyside.com here.