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STOCKTON — There’s another step being taken toward downtown Stockton’s revival. Stockton native Billy Chaddock is working on getting financing to open Channel Brewing Company this summer in the vacant Belding Building at the corner of San Joaquin and Weber streets.
“We just hope to see people come out from the suburbs into downtown and really take back back our city,” Chaddock said.
The brewing company plans to open a tap room downtown next June. The microbrewery plans to produce about seven different kinds of beer with names like Old Oakey and Shipwrecker.
The company’s name and its logo were inspired by the channel markers ships follow into and out of port.
Chaddock, a military veteran, attended Lincoln High School. He believes Stockton has a lot of untapped potential, but it will take small businesses and local people to turn around the city.
Chaddock is getting help from Ten Space, which is leasing the location to him. Tuleburg is working on his marketing.
Watch the video above to hear Chaddock’s description.
Chaddock said he sold his fishing boat to help finance the new company. He has partners, too, but he’s also launched a Kickstarter campaign to help raise the $40,000 needed to open in June. Donors who pitch in $75 get their own personalized, etched glass that’s kept for them in the taproom.
There’s an free open house Saturday afternoon for anyone who wants to check out the space and learn more about Channel Brewing Company. If you go, they ask that you bring a new or gently used children’t book to donate.
Read our story about Channel Brewing Company in the Business Journal’s February issue.