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Fieldwork Brewery to open San Mateo beer garden: Popular Berkeley brewer joins the Bay Meadows community
December 09, 2016, 05:00 AM By Samantha Weigel Daily Journal

Artist’s rendering of Fieldwork Brewing’s new beer garden at Bay Meadows.

Unique brews, bocce ball, fire pits and communal seating will enliven Bay Meadow’s budding gathering space as Fieldwork Brewing is slated to open a beer garden at San Mateo’s newest community.

The massive transit-oriented development touted as an urban village in Silicon Valley has been releasing the names of new artisan tenants that will make up Bay Meadow’s new “social street.”

The young Berkeley-based craft brewery will join Blue Bottle Coffee and Tin Pot Creamery in serving thousands of residents, workers and visitors at the 83-acre renovation of the former Bay Meadows race track.

Bay Meadows will become Fieldwork’s first Peninsula taproom with the brewer operating a 4,500-square-foot outdoor venue with communal seating, activities and growlers to go. Nestled next to SurveyMonkey’s new headquarters and other large office space developments, the venue is expected to attract a variety of local employees and residents.

The brewery, now in operation for just over 18 months, has set up taprooms in Napa, Sacramento and also has one in the works for Monterey, said Fieldwork co-owner Barry Braden. As a fan of the European beer garden culture, opening unique spaces for people to connect has been a part of their business model since Fieldwork’s inception. With that in mind, Bay Meadows offers an excellent locale for their newest spot slated to open around April 2017, Braden said.

“Every one of these we want to be neighborhood gathering places,” Braden said. “They’re family-oriented places where people come together and there’s community. And I think that’s what the developers of Bay Meadows did a nice job of thinking about. It’s how do these spaces become integral in the community. So I love the development, I love the location; it’s perfect for us and what we’re all about.”

The entire 160-acre site running between the Caltrain line and Highway 101 has been completely revamped from its former days of betting on the horse races. Master Developer Wilson Meany and owner Stockbridge Capital are well into constructing Phase II.

When complete, the site will host 1,150 housing units, 780,000 square feet of office space, 40,000 square feet of retail and 18 acres of parks or open space. Phase I included the new Kaiser Permanente Medical Center, Whole Foods Market, other retail, the Franklin Templeton Headquarters, San Mateo’s police headquarters and a variety of housing.

The entire development has been decades in the making with extensive planning for how to create a mixed-use, walkable community centered around transit.

The community-oriented Delaware Street; where people can go for a beer, coffee or ice cream; will be the neighborhood’s latest gathering hub.

“We’re very excited to welcome Fieldwork Brewing to our roster of neighborhood-serving retail at Bay Meadows — not only do they have an exceptional product with a huge following, Fieldwork also has a team of beer crafters that really care about nurturing a sense of community, which aligns perfectly with our own objectives,” Wilson Meany Partner Janice Thacher said in a statement.

Fieldwork will offer a rotation of nearly a dozen beers and small bites at the outdoor venue designed by prominent architects, including the group responsible for the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art’s sculpture garden, according to Bay Meadows.

Braden said he’s looking forward to entertaining families walking over from the train, people taking their dogs for a stroll, those looking to play bocce or anyone wanting to enjoy some sunshine and good beers. Having already built a significant following in a short period of time, Braden said he’s thrilled to be working with the Bay Meadows developers interested in an upstart company like Fieldwork.

“I think the passion is in the craft. It’s in always trying new things and we’re a very esoteric, eccentric brewery in that way. We’ve brewed 125 plus beers since we’ve been open in the last 19 months,” Braden said. “For us, it’s always about trying something new and we’re happy that people are enjoying what we’re doing.”


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