The Benefits of Brewing Your Own Beer

September 18, 2016

At the California brewpub Abigaile, brewmaster Paul Papantonio is enjoying the creativity and flexibility of working in a restaurant setting. Those high margins don’t hurt, either.

Before Jed Sanford painted the walls black and handed out spray cans to designers, the space that is now Abigaile was a steakhouse named Union Cattle Co. Locals knew the restaurant for its mechanical bull, proximity to the ocean, and impressive wine list. The fact the concept brewed its own beer, although sporadically, was more of an afterthought than a true selling point. The copper-clad setup, inherited from the previous establishment, Ein Stein’s Brewery,