I was planning a brew day with my brother, because he was interested in learning how to brew. It was also the Super Bowl weekend. He sent me a text asking, “Are you coming over for Super Owl?” I laughed at the obvious misspelling and responded that he had just named our beer. So as we brewed on Super Sunday, the name stuck and the beer was a hit. We started to think of funny ideas for beer names and a logo and it took off from there. It has a nice tie-in for my wife and I as well, since it seems that wherever we have lived there always seems to be an owl that moves in close to us. Plus, we love the Raptor Center in Davis.
What can we say? All of the owners are family and friends. We have friends from UC Davis Law. Friends from DPNS (Davis Parent Nursery School). Friends from parenting groups we’ve joined in town, and some loving parents of our own.
Super Owl Brewing will be a 10 barrel brewery in just under 3000 square feet, focused on creating a warm and inviting, family friendly atmosphere. We plan on making the end cap at 1260 Lake Blvd a “third place” for people to come and interact with their friends and neighbors. We will have mostly American and English style ales with some Belgian and Specialty styles focusing on local honeys and fruits.
Why We Wanted To Open A Brewery
My wife and I have had the privilege of living in some of the West’s best beer cities. I grew up in Sacramento/Lodi and went to college in Portland where I met my wife and started my love of craft beer (~ thank you Fulton Pub). I did a case study on the craft beer scene in the Northwest and started to dream of opening a neighborhood brewery, but it had to wait. My wife went to UC Davis Law School and that is when we fell in love with Davis, but we had a stint in San Diego and enjoyed a great and lively beer scene while there. When we decided to start a family, we both decided Davis was the place we wanted to be. We also are lucky because my wife is from Boulder, Colorado and we visit there regularly, enjoying the local breweries during our stays.
I have been a part of the great Davis brewers group, the Greenbelt Brewers Association. Through that group, leading Teach-a-Friend-to-Brew Days with the Sudwerk brewer team, taking brewing courses through the UC Davis Extension, reading every beer book and magazine I could get my hands on, and listening to the Brewing Network podcasts, I have become an award winning home brewer.
I truly enjoy making good beer and look forward to sharing it with you.
Joey Vida, Brewer and Owner
We are committed to sustainable and environmentally friendly practices. As a small start-up, it can be difficult and expensive to implement everything we want to do. But our commitment to the environment runs deep. Here are some things we do:
- A local farmer uses our spent brewing grain and hops, which has been shown to provide nourishing feed for animals.
- All of our lights at the brewery have LED drivers, ensuring maximum energy efficiency. (Yes, the City of Davis required this, but we wanted LED lights anyway!)
- We do our best to conserve water and continually look for ways to conserve more.
- We recycle and compost at the brewery, and offer bins for our customers to do the same.
- We are currently looking into ways we can incorporate organic and locally grown produce. After all, we live in Davis, home to one of the country’s best Farmer’s Markets.