We’d heard unfortunate rumors through the grapevine. This week, they were confirmed.
On social media this week, Benoit-Casper Brewing Company announced the brewery and taproom will officially close this Sunday, June 9. The brewery is hosting a last-day, goodbye BBQ from noon to 8 p.m. on Sunday, where there will be “unreal beer specials” and where the BBQ will be complementary, the brewery announced. We’ve reached out asking about the reason for the closure, but haven’t yet heard back.
Known as Richmond’s first brewery, Benoit-Casper Brewing Company was established in 2014 by Bay Area residents Marc Benoit and Chad Casper, and its taproom opened in 2016. The brewery quickly grew a reputation for producing beloved brews. And it was a pioneer in Richmond’s burgeoning brewery scene, as profiled in this East Bay Express article last year.
Fans were in mourning online upon hearing news of the closure.
“Bummer! Really great group of people and the best brew in the bay,” a fan on Instagram said.
Another fan thanked the brewery for “introducing me to the first sour beer I liked.”
“Jaw-dropping,” said another, adding, “Well you folks made some great beer!”
And Richmond Planning Commissioner Andrew Butt also chimed in, saying he’ll “really miss BC and the great beer and community you guys created. You will forever be Richmond’s first brewery!”