Trending: Unique breweries, spirit distilleries and hard-cider bars in industrial Belmont and San Carlos

With all the construction near Wheeler Plaza in San Carlos and along El Camino in Belmont, it’s no surprise that there are changes abound in our neighborhood. We’ve seen some great new dining spots move into the area and we are poised to see a host of new businesses make Belmont and San Carlos their home once some of these projects are finalized.

But it’s not just the downtown corridors that are prospering with new businesses. We are seeing that San Carlos and Belmont are changing with the times when it comes to its variety of new breweries and wineries in its more industrial areas of each city.

For a newcomer or mid-Peninsula native, this trend is most welcomed! Not only does it bring new people to our area to support local business but it also provides us with alternatives to leaving our area to chase fun. It seems as though there is something for everyone too – whether you love craft brews, hard cider, gin or a buttery chardonnay – check out some of these new hot spots!

We have always loved Devil’s Canyon for its urban feel, its scrumptious food trucks and variety of delicious hand-crafted beer and rootbeer. Located now at 935 Washington St. in San Carlos, Devil’s Canyon provides Beer Garden Fridays from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. where residents can enjoy delicious beers and food in its 20,000-square-foot brewery. For more information on events, visit or call (650) 592-BREW.

If you’re craving wine instead, walk just a few doors down from Devil’s Canyon to Flying Suitcase Winery, where you can enjoy tastings on weekends. Open on Friday nights from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Flying Suitcase has a beautiful tasting room and fun atmosphere. Kids welcome. For more information, visit

Old World Spirits, located at 121 Industrial Road (#3-4) in Belmont, is a great place to taste world-class distilled spirits. Each Friday, Old World Spirits offers Friday flights, tours and tasting from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Come and taste Blade Gin, Rye, Vodka and more locally distilled spirits! For more information, visit

Alpha Acid Brewery, also located in Belmont, at 121 Industrial Road Suite 11, offers a variety ofof unique beers; with its brewmasters experimenting with ingredients every chance they get. Alpha Acid has a primary focus on dry, aromatic IPA’s, Adjunct Stouts, Fruited Sour Ales & Barrel-Aged Wild Ales that are sure to satisfy any beer enthusiast’s palate. Taproom hours at Alpha Acid are Wednesday through Friday 3 p.m. – 9 p.m., Saturday from noon to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Outside food is welcome.  For more information, visit

Redwood Coast Cider Company is located in at 821 Cherry St. in San Carlos and specializes in craft brewed cider made from organic locally sourced ingredients. Just steps from the Caltrain platform, Redwood Coast Cider Co. is a great place to taste delicious wines after a long commute or before hitting the train. This wine bar, which offers a variety of cider, is open weekdays for Happy Hour from 3:30 p.m. – 6 p.m., and also Tuesday through Thursdays 3:30 p.m. – 8 p.m., Friday 3:30 p.m. – 11 p.m. and Saturdays from 1 p.m. – 11 p.m.

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So come out and taste for yourself! We hope to see you there!