If you’ve been planning on taking a North Bay brewery tour later this year, you’ll soon have one more option to enjoy en route to Russian River. Alan Atha, brewer and owner of Beltane Brewing, has secured the necessary funding to make his production brewery and tasting room a reality. The facility will be located just off the 101 freeway in the Bel Marin Keys neighborhood of Novato.
You may remember our profile of Atha and his homebrewing exploits in August last year, which detailed an impending trip to Denver for the GABF Pro-Am Competition. He didn’t take home the big prize, but that clearly didn’t put a damper on his plans.
According to Atha, the necessary TTB and ABC paperwork will be filed soon, equipment is being purchased and renovations will be taking place over the coming months. The plan is for a grand opening in late summer, but he doesn’t want to make any exact predictions since the process could have some unexpected twists and turns (knock on wood).
There’s been a few bumps in the road already, but he hopes they’re behind him. Atha’s initial plans called for a cafe that would serve up cheese and charcuterie alongside the beer, but he couldn’t come to terms with the Marin County Health Department. Instead, local food options will be available that can be brought inside the future tasting room.
Atha is currently aiming to serve ten beers, which will include a few guest taps from breweries he admires. Kegs will also be available for wholesale clients and retail. In addition, future guests can expect growlers, while bottling remains a distant plan.
The project has been in the works for the last six months and he’s anxious to serve the throng of fans he’s acquired in the meantime. Atha said, “We know many of you have been eagerly awaiting our opening and we look forward to serving you!”
Alan Atha / Photo © Brian Stechschulte