The e-mailed request from Edible Monterey Bay editor Sarah Wood came out of the blue. “I’m writing to find out if you’d like to, and have time to do do a short profile of a new brewery in San Juan Bautista called Brewery Twenty Five for our magazine,” and she went on to apologize for the short notice, given a tight deadline. I didn’t know a whole lot about Brewery Twenty Five, other than sampling one of their beers earlier this year at a beer festival. I honestly don’t remember it other than liking it. I was already a little tied up with some other projects, but hey, I’ve been enjoying writing for the other “Edibles”- Edible East Bay and Edible Silicon Valley, so figured this was a good way to expand my geographic writing horizons a bit. I took on the project.
So one afternoon, I headed out to San Juan Bautista to gather material for the article. The brewery, located on owners Sean and Fran Fitzharris property, is nestled atop one of the hills on the outskirts of town and was a hard to find. I finally had to call Fran shortly before our appointed meeting and ask for directions. Turns out, I was close, and when I told her my location, so told me to just go around the corner. As I drove into a small valley, I looked up and way on top of a hill, I saw the couple waving their hands at me, and figured that was where I needed to be. Taking a small winding road up to the top of the hill, I finally made it to the brewery.
What a neat little brewery it was, full of all sorts of jerry rigged equipment. Sean and Fran are pretty resourceful folks, using their local connections to pick up all sorts of used equipment on their shoestring operation. Yet, their beers, especially the two fruit infused wheat beers I sampled, have a lot of vibrant flavors and a certain sophistication. I’m looking forward to when their tap room opens in historic downtown San Juan Bautista when I can sample their full compliment of flavors.
For now, you can read their story I wrote for the latest issue of Edible Monterey Bay at the link below: