New brewery opens in Creekside’s old spot in San Luis Obispo

The interior of the new Metro Brewing Co.
The interior of the new Metro Brewing Co.

A new brewery has opened in Creekside Brewing Co.’s former spot at 1040 Broad St. overlooking the creek in San Luis Obispo.

Metro Brewing Co. opened quietly Monday, though it’s not brewing just yet — the company has yet to hire a brewmaster for the 13-barrel, on-site system. In the meantime, Metro will pour drafts from one or two featured craft breweries from around the state each month, starting this month with Novato-based Moylan’s Brewery and Kernville’s Kern River Brewing Co.

“We’ll have unique, interesting things you’re not going to get at other places around here,” said manager Rai Reynold. Pints run from $6 to $8, with 5-ounce tastes costing $2 to $4 each.

In a few weeks, Metro will begin serving what Reynolds calls “amenity food”: a limited menu designed to complement the beers, rather than a full-scale restaurant.

Downstairs features a second bar area serving liquor, cocktails and wine, including a few on tap.

An adjoining room with its own entrance is planned to eventually become the Underground Brewing Co., a brewery-within-the-brewery, serving more experimental and specialty beers.

Metro purchased the business in February 2015 and operated it under the Creekside name for about a year before deciding to close down and rebrand, said Reynold, who declined to disclose the company’s investment in the space.

The entire location has been redesigned with sleek, industrial greys and blacks and pops of red, including the central bar and the one that wraps around the creekside patio.

Local artists will be invited to paint or tag the now mostly white wall spaces.

“It’ll give customers something interesting to look at and the artists a chance to show off their skills,” Reynold said. “We’re giving them a canvas.”

But the main focus, Renold said, will be the beer and carving out Metro’s place among the city’s other downtown breweries, including SLO Brew, Libertine Brewing Co., BarrelHouse Brewing Co. and Central Coast Brewing.

“It’s becoming a little trail,” Reynold said. “We want to be a craft beer stop.”

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