Concord California’s Black Diamond Brewery will celebrate 20 years of great beers starting March 22. In celebration of its success, Black Diamond Brewery will host a 20th Anniversary Birthday Bash on Saturday, March 22nd from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at its Brewery at 2470 Bates Avenue in Concord. The star of the party: The special release of their new “The 20th” Reserve India Pale Ale (not yet available to the public) created by Paul Mallory Black the award-winning Brew Master of Black Diamond Brewery Food vendors and live music will be on hand for patrons to enjoy.
When Black Diamond Brewing Company opened in 1994, there were only 537 craft beer breweries. Twenty years later, locally owned and operated Black Diamond Brewery in Northern California is still going strong, selling to thirsty customers at Whole Foods, Safeway, Raley’s, Nob Hill, Costco, Bev-Mo and Lunardi’s, as well as locations throughout California, Arizona, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Montana, Ohio and Florida.
Black Diamond currently brews 9 core beers, 4 seasonal, 5 barrel aged beers, including its 15 Barrel Series – 15 barrels of something different every month.
“Making great-tasting beer began as a hobby, a passion, for me,” said owner and Concord resident Joe Garaventa of his brewery, which first began as a brewpub in 1994 in Walnut Creek and morphed into a larger-scale production brewery now in Concord. “Now we brew more than twenty different beers, distributing to eight states, and internationally to Italy, Brazil and China,” Garaventa added. “I couldn’t be happier with Black Diamond’s success.”
The brewery has won numerous awards for its distinct beers: BRONZE at the 2013 Great American Beer Fest for its Belgian Style Strong Ale “The Twelve”; BRONZE at the 2011 Great American Beer Fest, again, for its Belgian Style Strong Ale “The Twelve”; GOLD at the 2010 World Beer Cup for its Extra Special Bitter or Strong Bitter “Steep Trail Amber”; SILVER at the 2008 World Beer Cup for it’s Belgian-Style Pale Ale; and GOLD at the 2005 Great American Beer Fest in the Specialty Beer Category for its “Wild Rice Ale”.
“Black Diamond’s specialty beers have just started to take off and are becoming uber-popular with locals as well as beer connoisseurs throughout the United States,” said Black Diamond Brewery’s General Manager, Michael Hall, who runs the brewery’s entire operation. “This year, we will be rolling out to locations in New Mexico, Texas and Wyoming, as well as purchasing our own canning line,” Hall added.
“The 20th” Anniversary Reserve Double IPA, being released at the March 22nd event, is a smooth drinking double IPA brewed and dry-hopped beer with a unique blend of hops. alancing the most pungent hops from the 2013 harvest with high quality English Crystal Malts, Black Diamond brewed a citrusy, aromatic IPA perfect for the spring season.
“‘The 20th’ will be available to the public on tap and in 22- ounce painted label bottles after the anniversary party on March 22nd,” said Hall.
Black Diamond Brewery’s Brew Master, Paul Mallory, will go on a “Brewer Tour” during the months following the party, visiting bars and stores in different states, showcasing “The 20th”. On the tour, customers will have an opportunity to ask questions, talk beer and enjoy a Black Diamond with the Brewer. Black Diamond fans can follow the tour on Facebook at Black Diamond Brewery or Twitter @bdbrewingco.
The brewery has an on-site taproom open Monday – Friday 3:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays 12 p.m. – 6 p.m. Locals can stop in, have a beer, taster flight or buy a growler to go.
For questions about Black Diamond Brewery or to schedule an interview, please contact Mary Jo Rossi at (925) 768-7207. (See additional background on Black Diamond Brewery, its General Manager Michael Hall and Brew Master Paul Mallory below.)
Black Diamond Brewing Company:
Black Diamond Brewing Company, owned by local residents, Joe Garaventa and Tim Bedbrenner, began as a brewpub in 1994 in Walnut Creek, becoming a popular destination among locals for beer, food, music and general fun. After 10 years, Black Diamond shifted gears to build a production brewery and opened its current brewery in Concord, CA.
By 2005, Black Diamond Brewery began self-distributing draft beer in the local market. As its beers continued to grow in quality, so did their popularity. A small distributor network was implemented and continues to grow by leaps and bounds each year. By 2007, Black Diamond’s first bottles were rolling off the line and the beers and their availability continued to evolve. Currently, Black Diamond beer is available throughout California, Arizona, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Montana, Ohio and Florida. The company’s beer is also sold in Brazil, Italy and China. This year, Black Diamond will be distributing its beer to bars and stores in Utah, New Mexico, Wyoming and Texas. The company is currently in the process of purchasing its own canning line.
Black Diamond beers can be found in multiple retail location, including Whole Foods, Safeway, Raley’s, Nob Hill, Costco, Bev-Mo and Lunardi’s, as well as many fine independent bottle shops, pubs and restaurants. Black Diamond currently employs 10 employees.
Biography of Paul Mallory, Black Diamond’s Master Brewer:
Paul Mallory became Master Brewer of Black Diamond in early 2013. He completed the UC Davis Master Brewer’s Program and received a Diploma in Brewing in 2012. Shortly before being hired as assistant brewer for Black Diamond, he worked as an apprentice under one of the most talented brewers in the country, Ted Rice, of Marble Brewery in Albuquerque, NM.
Biography of Michael Hall, Black Diamond’s General Manager:
Michael Hall is a seasoned 20-year veteran in the beer industry. He started his career with Coors Distributing Company of Anaheim in Southern California. Michael left Southern California and relocated to Northern California in 2000 were he started working for Labatt USA launching Stella Artois, and other acquired brands, including Becks and Bass Ale. Michael was lured away by Pabst Brewing Company, to run its Northern California Division. He became General Manager at Black Diamond Brewing Company in June 2013.