I recently received an email with the subject titled “Best Kept Secret in Livermore” and man was I not disappointed. Tucked away behind a 24 Hour Fitness off of Highway 580 is truly its best kept secret, Eight Bridges Brewing Company.
When you walk in to the spot not only will you see a great space with ample seating both inside and out, but you’ll be able to see the brewery in action. Some of my favorite breweries are ones where you can get a glimpse into the process and Eight Bridges is no exception. The day I came in to sit down with Justin he was in the middle of brewing a kettle sour, where the aroma alone had me hankering for a raspberry tart.
Led by Brewmaster Justin Beardsley and his parents George and Debbie, this brewery is a family affair – as Justin inherited the blends from his dad, who started this at home, and has been brewing for the past thirteen years now. Each blend is carefully craft to stand out from the rest and uses a unique variation so that you can distinctively taste the difference. He’s also a long time Bonehead, and I easily could have chatted with him for hours about music and concerts we’ve both been to. His passion for heavy metal and rock, just like me, is blended into what is Eight Bridges is today.
The taproom is both kid and dog friendly, which hopefully when you visit you’ll be greeted by the house brew dog Gunner. What’s the food stitch? On weekends, they’ll occasionally partner with food trucks but they do allolw outside food. But back to the beer, they have crawlers and growlers available – which feel free to bring your own growler. So when you’re in the Livermore area, make sure to stop by Eight Bridges and also keep a look out for their beer around the Bay.