Beleaguered Twelve Rounds brewery in East Sacramento gets a new name

New ownership and name change coming soon to Twelve Rounds Brewery

Manny Cardoza looks ahead to bringing new life to a Sacramento brewery.
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Manny Cardoza looks ahead to bringing new life to a Sacramento brewery.

The new owners of an East Sacramento brewery snarled in controversy by its previous owner’s Facebook rants announced a name change for the business Tuesday.

Twelve Rounds Brewing henceforth will be known as Porchlight Brewing Co., according to new owner Manuel Cardoza. The official name change must await Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control approval, which could take two to three months, Cardoza said. In the meantime, the brewery has established a Facebook page under the new name.

Local real estate agent Cardoza and his wife, Heather, took possession of Twelve Rounds, at 866 57th St., in May. They chose to call the brewery Porchlight because “it inspired a neighborhood feel,” Manuel Cardoza said.

In April, Twelve Rounds’ Daniel Murphy announced on Facebook that he and his wife, Elle, were divesting themselves of the brewery’s ownership. The move came three months after comments made by Murphy on his personal Facebook page spurred protests.

In January, just after women’s protest marches in Sacramento and many other cities, Murphy posted the following on his personal Facebook page: “I am disgusted at all of the people and politicians that supported this anti-Trump event.”

This post offended many in Democrat-heavy East Sacramento, and soon people were examining Murphy’s earlier social-media posts, in which he called Barack Obama a “Muslim traitor,” argued all Muslims should be deported, and made derogatory comments about gay marriage. These comments alienated many of the popular brewery’s customers and prompted some local restaurants to stop selling Twelve Rounds’ beer.

Manuel Cardoza has said the new ownership will be apolitical. “People are entitled to their views, but when you own a business, you can’t pick on a certain group of people,” he told The Bee last month. “It’s no good for anybody.”

The Cardozas bought the brewery’s equipment and inherited its employees, including highly regarded brewer Scott Cramlet.