I had a quick chat tonight with The Red Rabbit Kitchen & Bar co-owner Sonny Mayugba, who confirmed that he and two other partners in the successful midtown restaurant and bar will get into the craft brewery business.
Mayugba, bartender Matt Nurge and chef John Bays are new partners in Twelve Rounds Brewing Co., which is expected to open in September on 57th Street in East Sacramento (AKA Antique Row). Daniel Murphy and wife Elle Murphy mapped out the business plan and set the brewery in motion, but they realized they needed more expertise on the food side of their business, which will feature a full kitchen and restaurant program.
"They had this idea to open a place and they needed someone to run the kitchen, but they didn't know how to get it done," Mayugba told me. "We had this really good meeting and I really like what they are doing. I love everything they stand for."
Mayugba added that Daniel Murphy has for years been brewing beer out of his Woodland garage and that at Twelve Rounds he will brew a variety of styles but will specialize in barrel-aged beers."
No word yet on specifics of the food that will be served, but expect an assortment of charcuterie and other bites that pair well with beer. We'll have plenty more on Twelve Rounds and its collaboration with the Red Rabbit trio in the weeks to come.
Blair Anthony Robertson is The Bee's restaurant critic. Follow him on Twitter, @blarob.