Special loan helps mare island brewing co. expand

By April, the owners of the 3-year-old Mare Island Brewing Company hope to be creating their own craft brews in a completely remodeled historic Coal Shed on Mare Island, thanks to a Grow Vallejo Fund loan, city and company officials said.

Fortner and his business partner, Ryan Gibbons, who operate a tap room in the Vallejo Ferry Building selling craft beers now brewed at a friend’s Sonoma brewery, applied for the Grow Vallejo loan about a year ago, he said. Home decorating ideas teenage girl They got verbal approval about three months ago and the deal closed last month, Fortner said.

While reluctant to provide an exact loan amount, Fortner said, “a typical startup brewery costs about $1 million for basic build-out, and this got us a long way toward that.”

An independent brewing facility in the Coal Sheds was always part of their business vision, but it appeared out of reach after the South Napa Earthquake, he said.


“We used to be in the Coal Sheds, our very first office was in there,” he said. Home decoration pictures india “We painted it a crazy purple because it was the only paint we had left. Youtube home interior decoration The earthquake in 2014 exposed the issues and expense of retrofitting an old structure like that and we moved out. Interior home design furniture It was evident we weren’t going to be able to do the brewery there.”

However, officials of the island’s main developer, Lennar Mare Island (LMI), approached the men with their vision for restoring the buildings and renting one out to the brewery, again, Fortner said.

“LMI always planned to restore those coal sheds, though it’s a really expensive proposition and they didn’t have a clear vision (for several years),” he said. Home decoration ideas for birthday “Then they developed one, and came to us with a plan.”

LMI plans to restore all the coal sheds, starting with two, including the brewery’s, and going on to the next, eventually getting to all nine, they said.

The company’s expansion will allow it to nearly double taproom hours and support adding wholesale accounts “to achieve a retail and restaurant presence throughout the San Francisco Bay Area,” city officials said.

The company was so enthusiastically embraced by the Vallejo community, that “it quickly became evident that the small batches they brewed on-site weren’t nearly sufficient to satisfy demand,” Economic Development Analyst Annette Taylor said, making a Grow Vallejo loan a perfect fit.

“We had identified the perfect historical building for renovation and had already designed the space. Home interior decoration pics We just needed to pay for it,” Fortner said. Home decorating ideas youtube “We explored a few different avenues for funding, but in the end, the friendly terms and the community focus of the Grow Vallejo Fund were a great fit.”

The Grow Vallejo Fund is a partnership between the city of Vallejo and the National Development Council Grow America Fund, designed as a small business loan program, Taylor said. Interior room decoration pictures It’s run by a nonprofit lender with more than 20 years experience working with cities and doing loans, she said.

“We’ve been able to hire some people, who have relocated to Vallejo, along with the Vallejo residents we hired,” Fortner said. Home decorating ideas living room photos “Now that we’re building the brewery, we’re hoping to build a whole team of brewers we can hire and have a vibrant little cadre of artisan craft brewers. Photos of home decorating ideas It’s fun to bring craft people back to the island to make beer. Interior decorating home office I’m ecstatic. Christmas home decoration photos Its great to have a vision and have it come true. Home decoration ideas pinterest It’s kind of a pinch-me moment. Decoration home catalog It’s also great to see these old buildings re-purposed for a cool use.”

“Kent and Ryan are the ideal applicants for the Grow Vallejo Fund. Home decorating ideas kitchen table They are entrepreneurs with a good business sense and a vision for growth,” he said. Decoration zara home “One of the principles of the Grow Vallejo Fund is to create jobs, and with the construction of their 15-barrel brewery, Mare Island Brewing Co. Home decor tips 2012 is anticipating immediately doubling their current workforce of 12 full-time employees. Home decoration tips urdu They are great community partners and have opened their taproom for various charitable events. Interior home designs of rossendale reviews We are looking forward to this expansion and their continued success.”