Revision Brewing Company received a nod of approval from the West Sacramento City Council last week to set up a craft microbrewery and taproom in town.
Council members passed a resolution at their Wednesday meeting to submit a $330,000 grant application to the state’s Department of Housing and Community Development to provide the brewery a loan for its startup costs. Revision Brewing is co-owned and co-operated by Jeremy Warren, founder of popular Knee Deep Brewing Company in Auburn, and Jeb Taylor.
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The measure passed without an official address for Revision – the building Warren and Taylor intended to lease on F Street is now for sale and the partners are considering three new locations, Warren said. They plan on 20,000 square feet of production space and 6,000 square feet for the taproom, fully functional by this summer.
Warren said he and Taylor were skeptical at first that West Sacramento was the best place for their new venture, but heard from fellow entrepreneurs that West Sacramento is a good city to work with.
“We were hearing that if you were looking to build a facility anywhere, if you were to build it in West Sacramento, it would open first,” he said.
And so far, that’s true, he said. Revision Brewing started talking to the economic development office three months ago and everything has gone smoothly.
By applying for the state grant, West Sacramento is aiming for one more state-administered community development block grant before the city becomes ineligible by passing the 50,000-resident mark. After that, cities receive development funding directly from the federal government.
The block grants are available for projects in small cities and counties for community or economic development opportunities that will have an impact on low- to moderate-income residents. Warren said the company will start out employing 11 people at the brewery, seven of whom will come from low-income families.
Economic Development Director Aaron Laurel said West Sacramento has received at least three other block grants for businesses: Capitol Bowl, United Bakery and a clothing company.
Since the state grants the money to the city and the city issues the loan to the business, the city can use repaid funds for other projects that fall within the block grant guidelines.
Block grant funding has helped pay for the city’s nationally recognized universal preschool program, Laurel said, as well as infrastructure development and projects for the homeless.
Currently, the city is receiving block grant income from two projects: the mixed-use housing development West Gateway Place and Phase 2 of a project to improve Bryte Park.
Another $400,000 of the $1.3 million projected startup budget for Revision Brewing will come from a loan through the Community Business Bank, headquartered in West Sacramento, and the balance will come from the partners.
Laurel said the city is very excited to have a brewer of Warren’s renown. Because West Sacramento is river-oriented and has a lot of warehouse space, it’s a good place for breweries, he said.
“We have a pretty good streak here of attracting breweries,” he said. “This will be the fifth. We’re excited for what (Warren) brings, we think it will all the more put us on the map.”
Warren agreed – one of the lessons he learned from Knee Deep, he said, is that if you make great beer, people will come, and Revision already has relationships with distributors for five states.
“We’ll bring new attention and new people to the city with the way the craft beer boom is going,” he said. “Revision Brewing is going to put West Sacramento in the national spotlight.”
Ellen Garrison: (916) 321-1920, @EllenGarrison