The brewery will be moving to a separate facility from the new restaurant, said co-owner Troy Paski. A new, larger brewing operation will relocate to the greater Broadway District at 2425 24th St. Suite B, while a taphouse, grill and outdoor patio is slated to open at 1022 2nd St., the 9,000-square foot former home of Ten22 and District, sometime in May.
“We are just changing everything,” Paski said.
Hoppy's brewing operation will go from its current 1,600-square foot enclave — one-sixth of the Folsom Boulevard building— to roughly 4,800 square feet inside the structure near Broadway. Paski wanted more space for packaging and distributing to keep up with increasing demand, he said, and room to experiment with more beer styles.
The Broadway storefront will have an 800-square foot tasting room but no full-scale restaurant. The Old Sacramento restaurant will be 3,000-3,500 square feet and may serve as a test run for future expansion, Paski said.
Hoppy's Railyard Kitchen & Hopgarden will serve from brunch through late-night, including ribs, hamburger, wings and salads. It will feature Hoppy beers on 12-16 of the 24 taps. Former Kupros Craft House and Roxie Restaurant & Bar chef Kent Souza has been tapped to lead the kitchen.
All of these changes were not possible at their previous location, Paski said, especially as Hoppy Brewing plans to open other taphouses and restaurants.
“It’s now or never,” Paski said. “Even though it’s painful, we got to change.”
Although some local experts have said the craft beer market in midtown is seeing some saturation, Paski said Hoppy Brewing has name recognition and 24 years of experience to give it a leg up over a brewery that is just coming into the market right out of the gate.
The new location will also be more accessible to the public, Paski said. Hoppy Brewing’s old location in East Sacramento made it more of a destination brewery than it will be in midtown, because customers aren’t just coming to the area to drink beer or eat at the restaurant. The new taphouse will be right in the heart of things, he said.
“I think midtown, from a density factor, from a location factor, from a rate-of-growth factor, I think it makes sense for a lot of things we are trying to accomplish,” said Paski.