NEW TO TOWN: BREWHEIM DEBUTS IN ANAHEIM
Brewheim is the latest craft beer production facility and tasting room to open in Anaheim, borrowing inspiration for its name from the city’s Germanic roots. Heim means “home” in German, a fitting description for the familial vibe at the Platinum Triangle brewery.
“We want everyone to come in and feel like you’re home,” says Dan Ward, one of Brewheim’s five co-founders. “We want to encourage and foster that family feeling that beer brings for all of us.”
Opened in December 2018 by partners Ward, Eric Ferguson, William Camacho, Mike Weeks and Mark Lewis, Brewheim boasts 16,000 square feet that houses production equipment like a reverse osmosis water filtration system, an on-site grain silo and tasting room. Head brewer Derek Wasak, who worked on the East Coast before heading to California for a stint at Stone Brewing Co., has the chops to manage the 30-barrel brewing system and create a large variety of different beer styles.
Ward himself is partial to ales and can espouse on subtle differences between an American red or a coconut ale. But he recognizes that as humans, we gravitate toward what’s comfortable and known. That’s why there are currently over 20 different beers available at Brewheim, with more in the works.
“We want to have enough beers, diverse beers, so there’s something for everyone,” Ward says.
He adds that because the industry is constantly changing, the team wants to mix it up and keep the variety exciting. In addition to continuing to explore new styles and varieties, Brewheim also has a few go-tos that regular guests can look forward to drinking—like a brewery’s version of comfort food, Ward jokes. Expect a SoCal lager and West Coast IPA to become staples on tap in the 2,500-square-foot tasting room.
The temperature-controlled tasting room invites all guests to make themselves at home, with couches, high-back chairs and TVs encouraging relaxation. Glass windows overlook the production facility and on any given day, one of the co-founders might be found behind the bar chatting away with guests about their favorite beer style. An afternoon at Brewheim is an interactive experience—guests may start with their favorite IPA but walk away with a newfound appreciation for a hazy variation after enjoying a tasting flight or taking a brewhouse tour.
“It’s a constant education,” Ward says of talking with guests and offering informal tours of the facility. “We want to get them involved and help them get a sense of what they’re looking at.”
The tasting room is open seven days a week with a happy hour from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. While there’s no in-house kitchen, food trucks regularly stop by the property to feed hungry guests. And those with four-legged friends in tow are in luck — Brewheim’s tasting room is dog-friendly, with plenty of treats to go around.
Ward and his partners couldn’t be happier to be part of Anaheim’s beer culture, calling out the Brew City initiative as a huge draw for bringing Brewheim to town. “Anaheim is such a destination and we wanted to be another reason you want to come,” he says. Cheers!