BREWING IN ORANGE COUNTY SINCE 1994
HAND CRAFTED ALES AND LAGERS and THE PUBLIC HOUSE BY EVANS BREWING CO RESTAURANTS
The history of Evans Brewing Company, like many craft beer companies, includes a number of interesting twists and turns. As we look back in 2017, these are the highlights:
The story begins in 1994 when Orange County California’s oldest microbrewery was constructed in the McCormick and Schick’s restaurant in Irvine. Founded as Orange County Brewing Company, the first beers were poured in February 1995. With management changes, the company soon began operating as Bayhawk Ales and built its business primarily on supplying restaurants with house beers sold under the restaurant’s name, and not Bayhawk’s. While the company survived, the anonymity of the private label business did little to capitalize on the craft beer boom that was taking shape in the 2000s and eventually exploded in the early 2010s.
Meanwhile, Evan and Mike Rapport founded Evans Lagers, which produced a line of award-winning lagers very well received by the craft beer community. Looking for a local brewery, the Rapports approached Bayhawk Ales and its Irvine facility. In December of 2013, the stockholders of Bayhawk Ales elected a new Board of Directors, installing Mike and Evan as Chairman of the Board and President, respectively, and the Rapports began making improvements to the brewery operations and the beers, ensuring consistency and increasing product quality.
In September 2014, a fire that started on the roof of the brewery halted production two months. Seeing the misfortune as an opportunity, Evan Rapport, who managed the brewery operations, reorganized production and purchased a new state-of-the-art kegging machine, bottling machine and fermentation monitoring system installed. Out of the ashes of that fire, a new and improved Evans Brewing Company emerged.
2015 was a busy year for the company. We re-branded the products produced at the brewery under the Evans Brewing name, continued to win awards at international beer competitions, identified and secured a location for our first tasting room and restaurant in the SOCO district in downtown Fullerton.
In 2016, we open The Public House by Evans Brewing Co. in DT Fullerton. That success led to a new restaurant at the Bella Terra mall in Huntington Beach that opened in December of 2017. Also in latter 2017. we received delivery of our canning line with our first cans produced on December 4th, 2017.
F0r 2018, we will be building a new production brewery in Orange County. The site has been selected, but we are keeping that exact location a secret until we are granted city approval. Once that is open, we will close down our production facility in Irvine.
The future of Evans Brewing Company is virtually limitless. Craft beer enthusiast can not only enjoy our beers, they can also enjoy our handcrafted gastropub food at The Public House. We will continue to brew our handcrafted beers while bringing new innovations to the craft brew market. With The Public House by Evans Brewing Company, we are able to experiment with small batch runs of new beer styles expanding our offerings while giving our customers unique food pairings that complement our ever-expanding beer portfolio.
We invite you to join us in this craft beer revolution.