SUISUN CITY — Three local beer enthusiasts are ready to share their brewing efforts with others at Right Eye Brewing Co.
John Sloss, Andrew Coleman and Gregory Kinsman are the owners. They recently opened their craft brew shop at 221 Benton Court in Old Town.
This is an industrial building with clean, no-nonsense tasting room decor. The side of the counter is made from new, corrugated steel. The floor is cement. The walls are blue, with a large black-and-white, Prohibition-era photograph of men carrying “We want beer” signs.
Hours are 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday and Monday and noon to 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
“This isn’t a bar,” Sloss said. “This isn’t a hangout. We’re a brewery. We have a tasting room that’s open to the public.”
It’s a three-person operation.
“We do everything from picking up the grain to washing the glasses,” Coleman said.
They do it while holding down other jobs. Coleman and Kinsman work at Travis Air Force Base and Sloss works in real estate. Brewing takes place on the weekends.
Right Eye Brewery is small compared to other area craft breweries. Coleman sees a plus to this.
“There’s nothing where you can get this personal in the immediate area,” he said.
Sloss said the brewery’s most popular beer is called That Damn IPA. The initials stand for Indian Pale Ale.
The Starlifter Stout is named after the C-141 Starlifter plane once based at Travis Air Force Base. The Pfirsich is a peach hefeweizen beer. The CU 29 is named after the atomic symbol for copper, being an amber ale.
Coleman started brewing beer several years ago. His dad had a Mr. Beer brewing kit.
“I grabbed that and it went horribly wrong,” he said.
He persisted. He got a better brewing kit and brewed beer as a hobby.
He met Sloss through a mutual acquaintance. Sloss also started brewing beer with a Mr. Beer kit, so they had something in common.
“When Andrew and I first started talking about making beer, it was on a much smaller scale,” Sloss said.
The scale grew. Last fall, Coleman asked his friend Kinsman if he wanted to join the Right Eye Brewing Co. venture.
The name of the brewery refers to Coleman’s dog Hanley. Hanley is a pit bull mix that has only one eye, on his right side. Hanley is the mascot of the brewery venture. But the dog is unlikely to end up a fixture in the tasting room.
“He thinks everybody is there to see him,” Coleman said.
Go to www.Righteyebrewing.com or call 623-7772 for more information on the brewery.
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