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Get ready for an ocean of craft beer: TAPS Fish House will open a 19,000-square-foot brewery in Tustin

By in Press Enterprise on October 26, 2017

By Nancy Luna TAPS Brewery & Barrel Room is expected to open in January with a European brewing system that has the capacity to produce up to 25,000 barrels a year. (Rendering Courtesy TAPS)

When Joe Manzella opened a third TAPS Fish House & Brewery in 2015, one thing was missing: a brewery.

The Irvine restaurant was too small, so Manzella’s brewpubs in Brea and Corona wound up supplying Irvine with its housemade suds. Brewing capacity was maxed out, forcing Manzella to abandon outside distribution of TAPS’ core beers — once found at top bars around Southern California.

It was a restaurateur’s nightmare: Turning away big bucks during the craft beer boom.

“They are trying to hand you money, and you can’t hand them any beer,” Manzella said. Soon, he won’t be crushed by his own success.

He’s sealed a deal to open an 19,000-square foot production brewery and taproom in Tustin. TAPS Brewery & Barrel Room is expected to open in January with a $1.8 million European brewing system capable of pumping out 25,000 barrels a year.

The brewery will have a 1,900 square foot tasting room, a dedicated food truck, pinball games and plenty of parking — up to 155 spaces.

“This will be a modern, comfortable space for beer lovers with everything under one roof and an emphasis on the casual, fun and hip,” Manzella said.

  • David Huls, director of brewery operations, will lead a brew crew team that includesKyle Manns, brewery operations manager; Jonathan Chiusano, head brewer; Max Jones, cellar man; and Eric Elliott, line cleaner/distribution. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    David Huls, director of brewery operations, will lead a brew crew team that includesKyle Manns, brewery operations manager; Jonathan Chiusano, head brewer; Max Jones, cellar man; and Eric Elliott, line cleaner/distribution. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, […]    

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