Not too long after the closure of Andina, Yeast Van is losing another craft brewery.
Callister Brewing Co. announced on Instagram that the boutique operation has decided not to renew its lease on Franklin Street for 2024. Citing rising costs of everything (we hear that) and the burgeoning success of the brand’s non-alc offshoot Callister Craft Soda, the brewery says its last day of serving will be December 31.
“This has been our home for the last 10 years, but we have realized that we need to shift our focus if we are going to not just survive, but thrive,” the post reads.
Callister became a beloved local spot not only for its own craft brews, but for its collaborative and inclusive approach to creating community through beer. It originally opened in 2015 as a coworking operation, helping budding brewers start their businesses with affordable accessibility to commercial equipment and facilities (and curious customers popping their heads into the tasting room). East Van hot spot Superflux started here, among others.
As for what’s to come for Callister, the brewery says “we aren’t completely sure ourselves, but are working on some pretty exciting things for 2024.” So, all we can do at this point is wait and watch—and, until the end of December, pull up a seat and show our support.