Smokestack at Magnolia Brewing Company

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An analog oasis serving the biggest names of the digital frontier, Smokestack at Magnolia Brewing is a one-of-a-kind brewpub and barbecue joint tucked into a shiny new brewery in San Francisco’s post-industrial Dogpatch neighborhood. The building was originally a factory owned by the American Can Company, the corporation that manufactured the world’s first beer can, but it had been stripped of its former historic character.

Created from scratch with longtime friends & colleagues Dave McLean, Devin Becker, Eric Heid, and Justin Farrelly, I designed a brand and interior space with a life & story of its own that intersects with the community and its history. This was my opportunity to get my hands dirty; it’s more a feeling than a design. I believe the result is special: Not the concept of time; not a decorative pastiche — just a surprising encountering of a richly detailed moment.