Meet the Brewers: Eric Richardson of R Bar Brewing

R Bar's brewer is moving out of the kitchen and into much bigger digs.

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Meaghan Habuda
Meet the Brewers: Eric Richardson of R Bar Brewing


Eric Richardson fell into his job brewing beer for Treasure Island’s R Bar by being in the right place at the right time — and technically doing the wrong thing. While working as a cook at the eatery and bar, a broken burner ring at home facilitated the homebrewer bringing his batches into the restaurant’s kitchen while he was on the clock.

“Really, I was slacking off brewing when I was supposed to be working,” he says.

R Bar owner Robert Hughes became intrigued by what Richardson was doing. He asked for a taste, and in 2013 put three of Richardson’s beers on tap for his patrons. R Bar now features six in-house varieties from the brewer’s 20-gallon system (upgraded from 10 gallons), ranging from the ubiquitous IPA and pale ale to a red IPA, cream ale, porter and brown ale.

“We spent $7,000 [on the brewing system], and I was a little worried, wondering how long it would take to earn that out, and it happened immediately,” says Richardson. “I never thought I would be doing this for a living. I thought it might be a cool idea, every homebrewer probably thinks it would be cool, but that it could never really happen. I just got lucky.”