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Redwood City gets new brewery

Uploaded: Oct 15, 2018
Two local beer lovers have opened Ghostwood Beer Co. at 965 Brewster Ave. in Redwood City, serving traditional American craft-style brews.

Redwood City residents Jason Simpson and Mike Hedlund opened the taproom in September. They took over the space after Back Yard Coffee Company closed.


A photo of Ghostwood Beer Co.'s breakfast stout, posted on the brewery's Instagram.

The genesis of Ghostwood Beer Co. reaches back two years, Simpson said.

"The idea was as simple enough as we wanted to have a good fun spot to drink beer and wanted to be able to have a say in the type of beer that we got to drink," he said.

Simpson and Hedlund both work in the technology industry but are avid beer drinkers. They teamed up with a creative director and head brewer to handle the making of the beer, which is done at a separate warehouse in Redwood City.

Several IPAs are on tap right now at Ghostwood, but they are “softer, hazier, fruitier” than traditional IPAs, Simpson said. Take the "Sho' Nuff," a milkshake IPA made that's with lactose sugar (no ice cream or actual) milkshake involved), dry-hopped and then mixed with local fresh fruit and Madagascar vanilla beans. The current batch has peaches from Country Rhodes Farm in Visalia.

Ghostwood doesn't serve food but customers are allowed to bring in outside food and the owners are looking at bringing in food trucks.

Simpson described Ghostwood as a "community brewery" specifically for Redwood City. Finding a space in the city was a non-negotiable for opening the brewery. It's name pays homage to Redwood City's history as a lumber town that was later full of fruit orchards.

"This is a thing for Redwood City," Simpson said.


Comments

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Posted by charles reilly, a resident of another community,
on Oct 15, 2018 at 7:17 pm


Thank you very much, Elena, for once again including Redwood City in your blog. The food and drink scene here is much more fun and interesting than many other places on the Peninsula. Most venues offer "down to earth" pricing that make it fun for small groups to go out for parties and after work get-togethers. There is much diversity, but little pretense and the short wait-times make it easy for last-minute dining. Finally, "Ghostwood" is a little "off the beaten track" and will need to promote itself to get going over the winter months. I will certainly try them out; and I wish them the best !


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Posted by Mark Torrance, a resident of another community,
on Oct 16, 2018 at 11:50 am

Thanks for the article! A friend shared it and I went to check it out last night; tried 2 of the beers and they were great, also bought a growler. What a good use of space, nice cozy atmosphere with a variety of table sizes + heights. I appreciate you calling our attention to it -- we'll be back!


 +   4 people like this
Posted by Parking Woes and Congestion, a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood,
on Oct 16, 2018 at 12:48 pm

Every time I go to RWC I struggle to find parking and with the layout of the roads, it makes it frustrating to look around in the downtown area.
I know it sounds silly, but every time I think about going to RWC, I think about all the parking meters and difficult driving, then I go somewhere else.
Discussions with others bring the same comments. "It's such a pain to get in and out of." On the bright side, the locals probably love hearing that many people shy away from RWC due to the hassles.


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Posted by the last comment, a resident of Atherton,
on Oct 16, 2018 at 1:22 pm

>>>Discussions with others bring the same comments. "It's such a pain to get in and out of."

Good heavens. That and parking are the very reasons I quit going to Palo Alto ages ago, even though it is closer to Lindenwood than downtown RC.


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Posted by charles reilly, a resident of another community,
on Oct 16, 2018 at 7:11 pm

Parking !!! Redwood City has a TON of downtown parking. There's a huge, multi-level lot on Marshall St., two or three giant floors of parking under the movie theatre; and a huge, free (after 6:00pm) parking lot next to CalTrain. It is right next to the new Ghostwood Brewery. Very convenient !


 +   8 people like this
Posted by NicZB, a resident of Menlo Park: Fair Oaks,
on Oct 16, 2018 at 9:05 pm

A brewery on Brewster Ave. It was meant to be.


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Posted by Yes, RWC is a tough call, a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood,
on Oct 17, 2018 at 6:39 am

Between fighting the traffic to get there and beck along with confusing street layouts and having to first parking then pay for it, then worry about the meter, it's really easy not to make the trip. The city needs to get rid of those meters. They're deal breakers for people who have become very weary of those kinds of hassles. You can never relax knowing that the unrelenting ticketing is going on via parking enforcement.

I'll pay for parking in the City or SFO, but I don't play those games when so many alternative towns show they want my business by not charging me for parking or make me worry about it the entire time I'm there.
Once the garages become free, the thugs move in to wait for their opportunity. If you follow the news, the after hours parking garages are very popular for robberies and assaults.
I'll leave this place to the RWC locals.


 +   7 people like this
Posted by Anon, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood,
on Oct 17, 2018 at 8:08 am

Another great thing about the RWC scene is that on weekend evenings there are actually quite a few -families- around. With kids eating ice cream and such. Much more -real- than Palo Alto these days.


 +   6 people like this
Posted by sequoiadean, a resident of Los Altos,
on Oct 18, 2018 at 10:53 am

sequoiadean is a registered user.

Parking meters are great! It makes you really think if you need to make the trip by car, and if paying a dollar or two discourages you from doing that, then maybe you should stay home, or take an alternate method of transportation. Caltrain stops right in downtown Redwood City, that's a great option for getting there. I think MORE cities should have parking meters, not less! If Redwood City eliminated parking meters, it would be even HARDER to find parking!



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Posted by Chip, a resident of Professorville,
on Oct 18, 2018 at 11:27 am

Redwood City has my favorite movie multiplex, which validates parking in the under-theater garage. There are several city garages & lots + the garage at the Box building. Some of the garages allow 1.5 hours free parking & metering stops @ 6pm. There are 4000 parking spaces downtown.
The only place I ever ran into garage thugs was in the Ramona St. garage in Palo Alto. I won't go there again. Did police respond in a timely manner? No.
If metered parking bothers you, avoid San Mateo & Burlingame, where parking is more expensive than Redwood City. Also insist that any office/commercial buildings & hotels like Epiphany provide adequate parking for all employees & patrons. Let the City Council hear you. Maybe Wells Fargo would open it's underground garage after 6 pm? If you don't mind lurking thugs.
Probably because of the multiplex & concerts in Courthouse Square, there are lots of families with kids out on the RC streets. Unlike Menlo Park's sidewalk restaurant seating, Redwood City has some restaurants on the car-free block of Middlefield Rd, so no exhaust fumes like on Santa Cruz Ave.


 +   4 people like this
Posted by Enjoy it, a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood,
on Oct 18, 2018 at 1:54 pm

Sounds like you're a true believer. I've tried it myself and have my own first hand experiences. They aren't incorrect, they just differ from your experiences. I'm sure other people share your views just as there are those who share mine.
Every place isn't for every body, and RWC usually just isn't for me. No biggie. More room for everyone else, right?



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