San Benito Lifestyle

Special brew celebrates a special town

Brewery Twenty Five crafts a new beer to mark San Juan Bautista’s 150th anniversary.
The special brew's labeling is like a postcard. Photo courtesy of Brewery Twenty Five.
The special brew's labeling is like a postcard. Photo courtesy of Brewery Twenty Five.
Brewery Twenty Five is located in downtown San Juan Bautista. Photo by Becky Bonner.
Brewery Twenty Five is located in downtown San Juan Bautista. Photo by Becky Bonner.
A look at the inside of where Brewery Twenty Five's beer is made. Photo courtesy of Brewery Twenty Five.
A look at the inside of where Brewery Twenty Five's beer is made. Photo courtesy of Brewery Twenty Five.
Fran Fitzharris shares part of the history of her brewing experience. Photo by Becky Bonner.
Fran Fitzharris shares part of the history of her brewing experience. Photo by Becky Bonner.

When you love a city that happens to be celebrating its sesquicentennial, what do you do? For Brewery Twenty Five owners Sean and Fran Fitzharris, creating a special beer to highlight the history of brewing and San Juan Bautista was key.

Looking back 150 years for their inspiration, the Fitzharrises created a California Common style of beer to honor a brew produced around the time of the city’s founding, which was also a way to introduce a type of beer that people may not be familiar with.

“We appreciate the history and the styles that brought us into the industry,” Fran said. “Any celebration is a good way to introduce styles people may have forgotten.”

Said to be similar to an amber beer with a light and malty flavor, Brewery Twenty Five’s new San Juan Bautista 150 will be introduced at the inaugural Sip and Celebrate Beer and Wine Stroll in downtown San Juan Bautista on Sept. 8. The event will have 20 locations for participants to stop and enjoy a tasting of regionally produced beer and wine.

What makes Brewery Twenty Five’s tasting unique to the other stops along the stroll?

“Event attendees will be the first to taste this beer,” Fran said. “We’re proud of this beer and we want people to recognize San Benito County.”

Crafting this new addition for Sunday’s anniversary, the Fitzharrises made sure care was put into every last detail and used ingredients only from California. Sean said that the brewery sourced its ingredients from Admiral Maltings in Alameda, Akiyama Hopyard in Royal Oaks, and Gigayeast in San Jose.

The Fitzharrises also took time to ensure that the label on the beer would be representative of San Juan Bautista, and explained how people travel to try new beer.

“The idea of the artwork is we want it to be like a postcard,” Fran said. “We have awesome things that are made in San Benito County, so come and enjoy this special beer that represents our area.”

If you’re unable to attend Sunday’s beer and wine stroll, Brewery Twenty Five’s San Juan Bautista 150 beer will also be available Sept. 13 at 106 Third St. in San Juan Bautista.

 

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Becky Bonner

Becky Bonner is a local teacher at San Benito High School who is passionate about sharing things to do in San Benito County.