Harmony’s Facet Gate beer backyard and extra

Over the previous few years, I’ve taken brewery-centric day journeys to just about each nook of the Bay Space, from Alameda to Silicon Valley and San Ramon. This time, I headed for Harmony, the place a number of taprooms lie inside strolling distance of the Harmony BART station.

Facet Gate Brewery & Beer Backyard

This downtown Harmony brewery is the brainchild of Kevin Wilson and Paul Culbertson, who met at their day job and bonded over their shared love of dwelling brewing. Over a house brewing session, Culbertson talked about he’d written a marketing strategy for a brewery years earlier than — and Wilson confessed he’d as soon as thought of it, too. The result’s Facet Gate. They signed the lease on the property at a less-than-perfect time — February 2020 — however the ensuing lockdowns proved a blessing of their case. It gave them time to remodel a former pizzeria and bar into this enjoyable brewery, which opened in September the next 12 months.

Facet Gate provides 13 to fifteen beers in quite a lot of types and a housemade arduous seltzer that may be flavored with syrups. Facet Gate’s flagship is On the Fence, a hazy IPA brewed with Citra, Mosaic and Idaho 7. However their Planter Field Pils is a detailed second. It’s a refreshing summer time climate beer, supreme for the beer backyard. Different standouts embrace Sucker for Succulents, a vivid, clear IPA brewed with Mosaic, Centennial and Simcoe; Seashore Learn, a hefeweizen; Structural Integrity, a brand new Baltic porter collaboration; and Suburban Forager, a saison brewed with flora present in Wilson’s yard.

A heat summer time night makes the outside patio at Harmony’s Facet Gate Brewery & Beer Backyard the place to be. (Jane Tyska/Bay Space Information Group File) 

The taproom is heat and welcoming, and the beer backyard is the place to be in sunny climate, particularly when there’s stay music. Meals vehicles roll by virtually every day, and there’s trivia on Wednesdays.

Particulars: The brewery is open from 3 to 10 p.m. Monday-Thursday and midday to 10 p.m. Fridays and weekends at 1822 Grant St. in Harmony;

The Hop Grenade

Technically, this isn’t a brewery, however the Hop Grenade is so brewery adjoining, I can’t not embrace it — and it’s simply two blocks from Facet Gate. Justin Crossley opened the Salvio Road taproom in 2013, however its origins date again to 2005, when Crossley launched a house brewing radio present, the Brewing Community, in his Pacheco storage. When it outgrew the area, Crossley moved the studio to Harmony and added a craft beer bar, so patrons can watch and hearken to the broadcasts whereas having fun with a brew.

The Hop Grenade serves a rotation of greater than 20 California-focused craft beers, usually brewed by friends from the broadcasts. There’s a full kitchen, too, which provides flatbread pizzas, sandwiches, snacks and desserts.

Owner Justin Crossley pours a beer at the Hop Grenade Taproom & Bottleshop in Concord, Calif., on Monday, Feb. 13, 2023. Crossley began The Brewing Network podcast 18 years ago. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group)
Proprietor Justin Crossley pours a beer on the Hop Grenade Taproom & Bottleshop in Harmony, Calif., on Monday, Feb. 13, 2023. Crossley started The Brewing Community podcast 18 years in the past. (Jane Tyska/Bay Space Information Group) 

Particulars: Hop Grenade opens every day at midday at 2151 Salvio St., Suite J, in Harmony;

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