Diehard fans waited more than three years for Main Street Brewery and Lamppost Pizza to reopen in Corona.
So it seemed only right for co-owner and brewmaster Bob Kluver to cook up a new beer paying homage to the city where the microbrewery and pizzeria became a local legend: Crown Town Brown.
For the first few weeks after the May 16 reopening in a new location, the brewpub likened to a Southern California “Cheers” was packed and people stood in line — out the door and into the parking lot — waiting two hours or more for pizza.
Shortly after 5 p.m. on a recent Thursday, every seat around the square wooden bar was taken and nearby tables were just about full. Most tables in adjoining Lamppost Pizza, a post-game tradition for local sports teams, also were taken.
“When we come, we have to fight for a seat,” said Corona regular Tina Alvarado.
She sat at the bar with husband, Steve, and pointed out each and every regular customer repopulating Corona’s first microbrewery.
“We’re busier than we were before – and this is a slow time of year,” said Kluver, as fresh batches of Rimpau Red Ale, Black Pearl Stout and Precision Pale Ale fermented in gleaming stainless steel tanks inside the glass-enclosed brewhouse just off the bar.
The business reopened at 493 N. Main St. — across from its old spot, which had become an iconic landmark before closing down Jan. 26, 2014, after 17 years to make way for a massive redevelopment project at Corona Plaza shopping center.
At the time, Kluver, a Yorba Linda resident, and partner Brian McCormick of Murrieta were promised space in the new project. That later fell through.
The pizza pub is now housed in a repurposed,…
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