When we were in Concord, CA last month as guests of Visit Concord we discovered the standout The Hop Grenade Taproom and Bottle Shop located right across the street from Todas Santos Park, a local landmark and historic town square. If you’re serious about appreciating all styles of craft beer this is a premier destination when in the area. It’s also the world headquarters for The Brewery Network.
“The Hop Grenade’s roots date to 2005, the year a fresh-faced college grad named Justin Crossley fell in love with homebrewing. Armed with a communications degree, a love of talk radio, and a passion for craft beer, he converted the garage in his rented house into a radio studio, assembled a ragtag band of beer nerds, and founded The Brewing Network.”
“The Sunday Session, The BN’s original show, was an instant hit. As the years went on, The BN’s audience and craft beer grew. More shows were added to the Network. Festivals were hosted and attended. Good times were had. And eventually, it became clear that the next step for The BN, which by then had become synonymous with its listener-submitted hop grenade logo, was to pour great craft beer for the public.”
“Justin and BN producer Scott Moskowitz, along with Scott’s parents Marty and Kim, joined forces in 2013 and began the search for a spot. The great city of Concord, home to The BN from show one, was the obvious choice. Its beautiful downtown was the perfect place.”
At any given time there is an eclectic range of 21 rotating styles of craft beer on tap. The food menu includes flatbread pizzas, sandwiches, smoked chicken wings and a beer float made with vanilla gelato. Inside as well as patio seating (with a view of Todos Santos Plaza) are available.
Justin Crossley, Founder & Partner in The Hop Grenade joins us to tap the keg on all that is The Hop Grenade.