Stocking family excited to finally open Hooby’s Brewing

After months of delays, Hooby’s Brewing is finally ready to open to the public On Saturday, Feb. 16.
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The Stocking family has been waiting for this moment for a long time. After months of delays, Hooby’s Brewing is finally ready to open to the public On Saturday, Feb. 16. In preparation for their grand opening on President’s Day weekend, the Stockings hosted a soft opening on Monday, Feb. 11. Guests spent the evening exploring the remodeled space, testing the dishes on the new menu and sampling the beers.

Over the past year the family has been hard at work securing permits, remodeling the space (which was formerly Main Street Cellars) and studying.

“We’ve been doing a lot of research,” Jackie Stocking says. Before opening they had to be certain that everything about their restaurant and brewery would be up to code. “We learned something every day.”

Studying wasn’t all bad though. Jackie joked that they had fun studying California’s regulations, because they would usually do it with a beer in hand.

The restaurant is full of little pieces of Winters history. The lights are hung from old wooden fruit ladders. The Hooby’s branded t-shirts are displayed in a wall made of wooden fruit crates. One wall has paintings of the railroad bridge and a sign for Highway 128.

Even the names of the beers include little nods to Winters. There’s the Hazy 128 (“Great tasting and smelling and an excellent choice for any IPA fan”), the Travis AFB (“Toasty malt, gentle sweetness, flash of fresh hop bitterness”), Pardesha IPA (“not too hoppy and not too bitter”), the Water Tower (“great for hot summer days”) and the Monticello Stout (“classic dry stout with notes of coffee and chocolate”).

The menu is a collaboration between the Stocking family and the chef, Marissa Pisano. Chad Stocking says that the family finalized their menu options through an ongoing group chat. Chad says that it was his twin sisters Jackie and Courtney who came up with the menu’s staple food item: waffles.

The menu features two sandwiches on waffles (buffalo chicken and pulled pork) a waffle entrée  (pesto and mozzarella cheese waffle) and a dessert (a waffle churro with homemade dulce de leche drizzle).

Hooby’s Brewing is opening to the public on Saturday, Feb. 16 at 11:30 a.m. Their grand opening will last through President’s Day weekend.

Going forward, their hours will be from 11:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

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