Written by Nancy Luna, OC Register
When Joe Manzella opened a third TAPS Fish House & Brewery in 2015, one thing was missing: a brewery.
The Irvine restaurant was too small, so Manzella’s brewpubs in Brea and Corona wound up supplying Irvine with its housemade suds. Brewing capacity was maxed out, forcing Manzella to abandon outside distribution of TAPS’ core beers — once found at top bars around Southern California.
It was a restaurateur’s nightmare: Turning away big bucks during the craft beer boom.
“They are trying to hand you money, and you can’t hand them any beer,” Manzella said. Soon, he won’t be crushed by his own success.
TAPS Brewery & Barrel Room is expected to open in January with a European brewing system that has the capacity to produce up to 25,000 barrels a year. (Rendering Courtesy TAPS)
He sealed a deal to open an 19,000-square foot production brewery and taproom in Tustin. The brewery will have a 1,900 square foot tasting room, a dedicated food truck, pinball games and plenty of parking — up to 155 spaces. It will feature 16 beers on tap, plus bottled selections, along with four to six planned wine selections. The tasting room, bar and patio will accommodate a combined total of 84 guests. Draft beers (including TAPS specialty brews) will range from $5 to $9. Barrel-aged selections will run $15 and up.
TAPS Brewery & Barrel Room is expected to open in January with a $1.8 million European brewing system capable of pumping out 25,000 barrels a year.
“This will be a modern, comfortable space for beer lovers with everything under one roof and an emphasis on the casual, fun and hip,” Manzella said.
Wind Water represented the landlord, Kelemen Caamano Investments during the transaction. The 19,000 square foot industrial, flex space is located at 15501 Red Hill Avenue in Tustin. The building recently underwent interior and exterior renovations to give the it a more modern feel and look. There is still space available for lease at this property, and the building is also on the market for sale.
For more information, please contact the Wind Water team at 949-231-5022 or visit the property website by clicking on the buttons below.