Those who prefer to buy specialty brews will soon have a new place to go to stock their beer cellars as Curtis Park’s Pangaea Two Brews Cafe celebrates its third anniversary by opening a bottle shop. Adjacent to Pangaea, at 2743 Franklin Blvd., it will complement the already-successful cafe with its largely Belgian and Belgian-style beer selection.
Prices will be competitive with other local distributors, owner Rob Archie said.
The bottle shop will open in about a week. Also new to the space will be specialty cheeses, high-end Belgian chocolates, wine and a larger selection of charcuterie.
“We’re probably going to start off with about 250 bottles and work our way up,” said the 36-year-old Archie. “We have space for about 500 bottles.”
Archie said he is excited to bring a specialized beer selection at to-go prices he said will be competitive with retailers like BevMo! and Total Wine. The selection will be updated via the Facebook page.
“We have an advantage over (large distributors) because we can bring in small shipments, like maybe a case, and we will sell a beer to 12 people and be done with it,” he said.
Many of the beers have complex profiles, and Archie said they can be stored for years in cellars like wine, and as they age in the bottles they develop a unique flavor yet retain their body and carbonation.
He added that beers taste different on tap than they do in bottles, and selling bottles of beer will give customers a chance to taste that difference.
Adding wine to the selection is something Archie said customers have been requesting since Pangaea’s opening in 2008. The wine selection will be small, but he said he wants to focus on quality bottles, like his philosophy with beer.
The approximately 550-square-foot bottle shop was undergoing construction Wednesday morning, with the floors being painted a reddish brown. It has a street entrance, and cafe visitors can also access it through a newly created arched doorway that joins the two spaces.
Construction began about two weeks ago, and the soft opening of the bottle shop is expected in a week. The grand opening is scheduled for Aug. 6, when Archie said he will have a block party at Franklin Boulevard and Third Avenue (which will be closed off) with beer, wine and pairings with food, cheese and chocolate.
“I had a lot of ideas for (the bottle shop space),” Archie said. “At first I thought of making it a wine bar, then I thought of leaving it as an office, but I really wanted to bring the bottle shop in, and it’s a good space for it.”
Patrons who want to sip their bottle shop beers at the cafe can do so by paying a small corkage fee that has yet to be determined.
“People say that being in here reminds them of being in Europe,” he said. “A lot of the people who travel like to find local beers, and those are the beers we will be carrying.”
The cafe’s European feel comes from sturdy wooden tables surrounded by wall hangings of beer ads and a smaller version of a famous fountain in Brussels.
Tyler Stacy, a 23-year-old wine industry worker who lives a few blocks away, said he is most excited about the implementation of wine, and he is looking forward to having a place nearby where he can pick up a few bottles of rare Belgian beers.
Zoila Reyna, a 26-year-old Davis resident, said she comes to Pangaea for the food and the beers, specifically the cafe’s bacon and egg sandwich.
“I absolutely will be coming to the bottle shop,” she said. “They’ve surprised me with their collection of quality beers here, and I can’t imagine what they’ll have, so I want to come back and check it out.”
Archie said expanding the business in a down economy doesn’t worry him too much, since he opened Pangaea at the beginning of the recession in July, 2008.
“I think with the economy, we’re really maturing,” he said. “We’re living a little more like the Europeans. We don’t need the biggest house, but we want to focus on some of the simple pleasures in life, even just going to a local place, sitting down and having a good beer that’s been stored right and served in the right glass.”
Pangaea is open from 8 a.m. – 10 p.m., but Archie said those hours might be changing soon, possibly opening later and staying open a little later, too.
Brandon Darnell is a staff reporter for The Sacramento Press. Follow him on Twitter @Brandon_Darnell.