We recently entered our first beer competition. Jimmy the Brewmaster’s epic Coconut Porter won the Gold Medal for “Best Flavored Porter.” Here’s what the judge’s panel had to say, “Walnut color. Confected aromas of mounds bar, snickerdoodle cookies, hazelnut cappuccino, and highlander grog with a satiny, vibrant, spritzy, fruity medium-to-full body and an even, quick seven-layer bar, fried ice cream shell, toasted coconut syrup, and roasted almonds finish. A sweet and flavorful coconut porter that makes for a fun twist on  a favorite style.” 92 Points! Exceptional! Read the full review here:  http://www.tastings.com/Beer-Review/City-Lights-Brewing-Co-Coconut-Porter-USA-12-02-2018.aspx

The week ahead at City Lights will be a busy one. The brewing team will be working tirelessly to keep up with the ever-growing demand. Monday, celebrate the kick-off to Thanksgiving week with Happy Hour from 4-6PM. Tuesday, Happy Hour continues as the short Holiday week ramps up. On Wednesday evening, the popular duo Evan and Tom http://evanandtom.com/ takes to the stage for some Thanksgiving Eve entertainment. We will be closed on Thanksgiving. We will open at 10AM Friday for a little Black Friday merriment. Fish fry? For sure! The incredible Ryan McIntyre https://ryanmcintyremusic.com/ plays Friday evening at 7PM. Ryan is one of the best and a City Lights favorite. Saturday the fun continues with the amazing Hearthfire:www.hearthfireband.com taking the stage at 7PM.         

Ben the Chef ran out of lettuce the other evening and I told the servers to romaine calm.

I was working in the taproom on Saturday. It occurred to me that seven of the eight members of our hospitality team who were working that shift have been with City Lights since we opened almost two years ago. I am incredibly proud of Alex and her team. 

We strive for excellence in all aspects of our operation: brewing, packaging, logistics, food service and hospitality. Here are the core values that guide us:


1.      Share the magic that is City Lights and deliver exceptional experiences that result in “WOW!”

2.      Respect the dignity of all and create a workplace culture that is empowering.

3.      Nurture passion.

4.      Embrace quirkiness and fun.

5.      Build a positive team and family spirit with open and honest relationships and communication.

6.      Champion the beauty and strength in the individuality and diversity of each of our team members and guests.

7.      Always remember that the beer business is a fun business and it is a privilege to work in this industry.

I love my dog “Doofus.” Last night I came home and greeted him with a rousing rendition of “Hello Barkness My Old Friend.” Doofus is quirky too, so I think he appreciated it.

Just how cool is the City Lights space?  So cool that a “Fortune 100” Company will be filming a commercial here in the not-too-distant future. Additionally, a top network is flying in folks from both coasts for a special segment that will be filmed at City Lights. Camera. Action.

During this Thanksgiving week, I am mindful of how thankful I am for the privilege of working with some of the best customers, guests, team members, partners and distributors one could hope for. I am profoundly grateful.


Have the best Thanksgiving week ever!

Robin Gohsman