The Backroom: Valley Brewers’ New Speakeasy

15 Beers and Nitro Coffee on Tap at New Educational Homebrew Hub in Solvang

Backroom's Sandy Harrison and Chris Kelly
Paul Wellman

Head past the malt, hops, and grain to a private door, where beer nirvana awaits. Owned and operated by home-brew retailers Sandy Harrison and Chris Kelly of Valley Brewers, The Backroom is an intimate tasting room located inside their Solvang home-brew shop, and both are a haven for amateurs and industry veterans alike.

“We wanted The Backroom to be a place for education, resources, and relationships,” said Harrison. “This is your place to ask questions, get educated, and enjoy hard-to-find, premium beers.”  

The Backroom features 15 rotating beers as well as cold-brew nitro coffee on tap, plus cribbage sets. It will also serve as the meeting ground for their home-brew club, special classes, and private industry events.

“Over the last four years, we have created amazing relationships in our tight-knit community,” said Harrison. “We want each beer on draft to represent a different beer style, pairing beer with education.”

That’s what will happen on Thursday, September 8, at 5 p.m., when Libertine Brewing founder Tyler Clark will lead a tasting of his wild ales. The $35 seats are limited, so reserve by calling (805) 691-9160.

The Backroom (515 Fourth Pl., Solvang) is open Wednesday-Saturday, 1-8 p.m., and Sunday, noon-6 p.m. Call (805) 691-9160 or visit


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