Sept. 6, 2007

Mayor Tom Bates to Celebrate 25th Anniversary of Brew Pubs

September 13th marks the 25th anniversary of then Assemblyman Tom Bates’ legislation to legalize brewpubs in California.  Celebration with many local brewpub owners and Mayor Bates planned 5 p.m. at Triple Rock Brewery in Berkeley on Thursday, 9/13.


Berkeley, CA -- On September 13th, Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates will join brew pub owners to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the signing of the California law that legalized brewpubs.  The bill – AB 3610, authored by then-Assemblyman Tom Bates – was soon replicated around the country, creating the national brewpub industry and introducing millions of people to good beer. 

The September 13th event will include a ceremonial “bill signing” by the owners of Bay Area Brew Pubs, an honor to Mayor Tom Bates for writing the legislation, and a special beer brewed just for the occasion by Triple Rock Brewery.

Prior to the legislation, all but one state had a “tied house” law that prohibited any person or company from brewing beer and selling it directly to the public.  AB 3610 eliminated that restriction so long as the brewer also operated a restaurant on site.

“In the early 1960s, I spent time in Germany as an officer in the U.S. Army. When I got home, I realized you couldn’t get a good beer in the United States,” said Mayor Tom Bates.  “When a group of entrepreneurs and beer enthusiasts approached me about changing State Law to provide a market for smaller, craft breweries, I jumped at the opportunity.  Every time I travel around the country, I am amazed to see the wonderful legacy of this legislation.”

The event will be held at Triple Rock Brewery in Berkeley, the third brew pub to open after AB 3610 was signed into law.

Who: Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates, Brew Pub Owners from around the Bay Area, and members of the public

What: 25th Anniversary of Tom Bates’ State Law Legalizing Brew Pubs

Commemorative Signing Ceremony
A Special Brew for the Occasion
Honors and Awards
No Speeches, Just Toasts!

Where: Triple Rock Brewing Company
1920 Shattuck Avenue (at Hearst)
Berkeley, CA

When: Thursday, September 13th
5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

** Note:  You can read more about the history of Brew Pubs and the legislation in a recent article in Edible East Bay magazine:


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