On a quaint corner of downtown Brentwood, owners of the Mannheim Social Club and Bottle Shop have been working hard since opening in 2013 to bring craft beer to East County.

At first, family co-owners Larry, Natalie and Jaclyn Lindsay launched with six taps of craft beer. Then they expanded to 24 and are now at 64 rotating brews.

“Craft beer is growing, and we’re really excited to bring it to the East Bay on a level like this,” said Larry. “We have one of the area’s largest offerings for craft beer.”

As a locally owned business, the club is supporting small breweries with pint nights and featured events. For the pint nights, a brewery representative presents five to six beers with information, tastings and pint glasses. The entertainment extends to paint and comedy nights, in addition to live blues and more. The social club also sells a selection of local wines, however, the main focus and passion behind the business is on the brews.

Larry said the craft beer trade is a creative one, which utilizes several styles of hops.

“Organic hops is a big thing, too,” he added, noting beers in their rotation, such as Eel River, to be organic.

Additionally, Sticky Chicken and Ribs is subleasing a portion of the building – a pairing that will prove to be a symbiotic relationship in the future, as people hungry for ribs and thirsty for a cool draft can pair the two businesses’ offerings in one relaxing environment.

“I think, in the future, we’ll play a big part in each other’s businesses,” Larry said.

Residents have already found the club to be a great destination to go out with friends, kick back to relaxing tunes or laugh the stress of a long work week away.

“This place is awesome; they have tons of craft beers available. No matter what you like, they’ll definitely have something for you here,” said Denise F. in a five-star, online review. “They had a live blues band, which was really cool, and they had plenty of seating available, and the bartenders were also really nice, too!”

With the exception of comedy nights and evening events that call for the over-21 crowd, Mannheim is a family-friendly place in the heart of Brentwood. It is located at 561 First St. and is open from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. For more information or to discover upcoming events, visit https://goo.gl/JLuUxJ or call 925-513-2300.


SOURCE: Brentwood Press