HANFORD — Downtown Hanford is the new home to Hop Forged Brewing Company. The brewery will be the first ever to open up in Hanford and has been in the works for several years
Owners Brian Alves and AJ Soares are excited to celebrate their Grand Opening today, April 20. Doors open at noon and live music by local favorite JJ Brown will begin at 8 p.m.
Alves and Soares have been dreaming up Hop Forged Brewing Company for eight years, starting in their garage.
“We weren’t big drinkers at the time, but we loved the science and art behind it,” Alves said, adding they fell in love with the challenge of creating the perfect beer.
Alves and Soares talked about having their own brewery from the beginning and they will finally see that dream become a reality.
Alves’ father, Frank Alves, purchased the property at 106 W. Seventh Street about a year ago. The property was built in the early 1800s and had been vacant for nearly 20 years.
Family and friends have worked hard to get the brewery ready for this day.
Hop Forged Brewing Company will start with six craft beers on tap, including favorites: Tropical IPA, Hazelnut Brown Ale and Blonde Ale.
Their goal for the end of the year is to have 12 options on tap and eventually have up to 30 beers on tap.
The brewery has bar seating, table-top seating and roll up glass doors that lead out to their patio for outdoor seating.
Microbreweries are popping up across America and have played a vital role in downtown revitalization.
“We believe Hop Forged Brewing Co will be an asset and an anchor business in our community,” said Michelle Brown, executive director of Main Street Hanford. “The restoration and improvements that they have made to their property are incredible. We are grateful for their investment in downtown Hanford.”
Brown has been working with Hop Forged Brewing Company for events such as Everybody’s Irish in downtown Hanford, where they have showcased their beers two years in a row.
“These guys are a blast to work with and I have no doubt they will be successful here,” she said.
Make sure to support Hop Forged Brewing Company for their Grand Opening. For more information, visit their website at www.hopforgedbrewing.com and make sure to follow them on Facebook and Instagram.