This article appeared on May 31 on comstockmag.com:
At the end of a long day, Nevada City resident Dustin Harper likes to unwind with a cold, robustly flavored craft beer. Harper considers himself a beer aficionado and enjoys sampling brews across Northern California. This spring, he will have a new option to do so just minutes away from home. By the end of this summer, he may even have two.
From the moment a group of friends conceived of Grass Valley Brewing Company to the business’s upcoming soft opening in the historic downtown this month, two years will have passed. That timing has coincided with the rise of brewery culture in larger urban locations that are faster to adapt to trends, including nearby Sacramento. The timeline also shows how much work goes into opening a brewery, especially in an older area.
The brewery has already been debuting its beers at local events and has attracted a following, including Harper, who plans to patronize the new business on Main Street. “More and more, local breweries are becoming anchors of thriving downtown districts,” he says. “It only makes sense for Grass Valley to have a brewery that’s a destination for locals and visitors alike.”
Grass Valley Brewing Co. will be the first brewery in town since Prohibition, according to the Greater Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce. The organization hosts a walking tour that features the buildings where the old Washington Brewery and the Grass Valley Brewery once operated. Both opened in the 1850s and closed during the Prohibition era of the 1920s.