"Life is good out here" is our daily mantra. What's not to love about the California Coast? Every inch is awe-inspiring. Whether you're hiking among the redwood trees in the north or surfing the waves in the south, the diverse California Coast has something for everyone. We're blessed to live in the middle of it all.
People. Pints. Possibilities.
Inspired by California’s Central Coast, the brewery was created by a group of dreamers who believed that, through hard work and dedication, anything is possible.
Rich: Rich wanted to open a brewery with his childhood best friend, Craig. The only problem was that he had yet to meet anyone crazy enough to join him. Craig made beer all over the U.S. while Rich worked in education. Rich visited Craig each year to make a few batches and test out new recipes.
Chris: Rich continued to teach and, along his career, he met Chris. Chris was a dynamic leader that worked his way up through the educational field in a hurry. As Chris advanced, so did Rich, and they quickly bonded over their passion for helping kids and their families. When Chris took on the role of Superintendent in Paso, Rich knew he had to join him.
Frank: Frank, a military veteran, also found his way into education because of a passion to work with kids and help people. He quickly moved from teacher to administrator and became an Assistant Superintendent. Frank had always wanted to go into business for himself. Through a chance conversation with Rich, Frank said he wanted to open a coffee shop. Rich pitched the brewery idea he had for the last 15 years. Frank was not only interested, but took a trip to Montana to meet Craig.
Craig and Frank immediately hit it off. Frank got the opportunity to learn about the business, see the brewing process, and drink some of the best beer he had ever tasted. Frank was inspired; really inspired.
Upon his return from Montana (and the blessing from his wife and three young daughters), Frank quit his job. He set out to find a location. He met with Mike Tozzi, owner of Tozzi's Auto Body, and fell in love with the building. With Craig's expertise, and close friends and family as investors, we got to work. Rich, inspired by Frank's determination and the possibility of building a company together, left his job in education to work full-time on the brewery.
We Learned from the Best.
Craig Koontz, best friends with Rich since middle school, taught us everything we know about making beer. His experience in the craft beer industry started in college at Four Peaks Brewing Company in Arizona. He consulted and brewed in Washington, Alaska, and California before opening SunRift Beer Company in Kalispell, Montana, in 2018. We spent time in Montana studying and learning everything we could about the beer-making process.
It was a true labor of love to turn the former Tozzi's Auto into California Coast Beer Co. It took nearly two years to bring our vision to life. We made some awesome discoveries along the way and are proud to have reused many of the materials.
Check out pictures from the construction process under "The Brewery" to learn more about our journey.
We could not have finished this project if not for a little help from our friends.
One of our partners, Jeff Gallagher, was instrumental in getting demo work done. He is a master with that skid-steer.
Many "safety meetings" were held during the project and we cannot thank our friends and family enough for all their help and believing in us.
Bigger than Beer
Beer is perhaps the most social of beverages and is made special by the people we share it with. While the beer brings us together, it’s the people that keep us coming back.
We want our customers to feel like they were personally invited into our home.
For us, every day at Cal Coast is a gift. You choose to spend your money and time with us, and for that, we are grateful.
We spent a lot of time building California Coast Beer Co. and perfecting our beers - we think it's equally as important to invest time in getting to know our customers. You will find Frank or Rich on site at all times, ready to pour you a pint and have a conversation.
It's bigger than beer: It’s about loving people, sharing our passion with our family and friends, and realizing that anything is possible.