If you are opening a production brewery and you want to have a tasting room open to the public you will have apply for either a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) or a Minor Use Permit (MUP). Most breweries will have to go through the more extensive CUP, which involves a public hearing. Since the City of Santa Clarita only required us to go through the MUP process. We had to get signatures of approval from our landlord and we also had to have a letter of our intent to open a production brewery with a tasting room onsite to our neighboring businesses and property owners. The neighbors are given 30 days to respond to the city with any objections or concerns, in which case a hearing will be held to review the objections. If no complaints are made, then the city will grant approval of the permit. We made it through the process without any objections and we were granted our MUP. Receiving this permit also met the final stipulation of our lease agreement and meant that we were able to take possession of our space.
Right after the beginning there were a few months where we neglected to post anything about the progress of Pocock Brewing Company. We suck. We’re sorry. Let’s catch up.
Finding a location sounds like a relatively easy thing to do, but (and I’m sure many other breweries would tell you the same) it can be a bit of a challenge. We knew early on in planning that we wanted to open the brewery in Santa Clarita so our search began there.. The size of the space we needed along with the amount of money we wanted to spend further limited us. Thankfully, Todd is also a real estate broker which made searching out suitable locations slightly easier. Even with all of the industrial space available in Santa Clarita we really only found two spaces that fit, or could fit, our needs. Out of the two, one location was genuinely possible and the other was a bit of a reach. The latter, was a great space but it needed a huge amount of work and would have eaten away too much of our budget. After repeated delays trying to work out a deal on the more realistic choice we were very fortunate and found another space close by that had recently become available. We moved quickly to view the space and immediately found it to be a great fit. November 8th, 2014 we signed our lease for 24907 Avenue Tibbitts, Suite B. Santa Clarita, the new home of Pocock Brewing Company.
We are Pocock Brewing Company. Join us on our journey from dream to reality, from idea to successful brewery. Welcome to our adventure.
Pocock Brewing opens in 2015, in Santa Clarita, CA. We start with a passion for quality craft beer and with a desire to share that beer with a thirsty public.
Over the years, we watched and learned as our predecessors took us on their similar paths. Grateful for all their stories of triumphs and failures, tricks and tweaks; we look forward to sharing our stories with all of you.
We begin at the beginning…the search for our brewery space. We need room for our 15 barrel brewhouse, hot & cold liquor tuns, fermentation tanks, and everything else we need to open our doors and serve you a pint or 2 (maybe take home a growler, while you’re at it).
Plan to stop by here often. Witness, firsthand, the birth of Pocock Brewing.