Here for the Beer: 47 Hills Brewery
John Tucci, 47 Hills’ president and founder, always had a dream of opening his own brewery in San Francisco. Having been in the brewing industry since 1992 – when he first studied brewing and malting science in Bavaria – it seemed like a natural next step in his career.
In 2012, John found out the brewery he was working for wasn’t renewing its lease, and he knew his chance had finally come.
“It was a last minute thought to make a deal and get a hold of the equipment,” he said. “The only way I could make it happen was to call my friend, Drew, who has years of construction experience. I just called him up one day and threw it at him.”
“I didn’t even have to think about it,” Drew Barrington, now the brewery’s vice president and co-founder, chimed in.
That conversation was the start of the pair’s passion project, 47 Hills Brewery. Here’s what else the two had to say about their venture, which is slated to open its doors to the public in the spring.
What made you decide to launch your business in South San Francisco?
John: We had looked in San Francisco and weren’t really satisfied with what we came up with. It didn’t quite fit our model. When we started looking here in South San Francisco, the opportunity really started to be there.
Drew: The City has been really helpful too. The Planning Commission was very forthcoming and easy to talk to.
So can we look forward to any concerts at the brewery?
Drew: I think we’ll play once it gets rolling. When we’re down here, we may as well be playing!
We’ll all be anxiously awaiting their grand opening at 137 S. Linden so you can sample some of their work for yourself. In the meantime, follow 47 Hills’ construction and progress at 47hillsbrewingcompany.com and www.facebook.com/47HillsBrewingCompany