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.
What Are We Thinking?
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.
Why Do We Think We Can Do It?
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.
What Will We Have?
We will be a small independent brewery with a taproom. We plan on having family style games and a small outdoor seating area where dogs will be allowed. We will allow outside food to be brought in picnic style and will have menus of the Westlake Plaza restaurants where food can be ordered and brought in as well. We are planning to be open late in 2016 pending Federal and State licensing.
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 are planning to do:
- A local farmer uses our spent brewing grain, which has been shown to provide nourishing feed for animals such as goats and cows.
- We will compost our spent hops, and will also provide a composting bin at the brewery that customers can use.
- 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 are currently looking into ways to conserve the water that we use at the brewery.
- Of course, we will recycle and encourage recycling in any way we can.
- We will use organic and locally grown ingredients whenever feasible. Right now, we plan to use organic and local fruits in our saison and dark strong ales.