Night Lizard Marks Year of Saving Planet 1 Beer at a Time

Night Lizard’s cicerone Andrew Kormondy toasts its first anniversary with brewers Chip Nassar and Clayton Brackley and owner John Nassar.

A lesson in ecology and brewing has been saving the planet one beer at a time for an entire year at the Night Lizard Brewing Co., 607 State St. 

The brick-walled brewery took several years to open, but owner John Nassar, his daughter Meg, brewer son Chip and a host of other staff members have made the Lizard an unbridled success in the face of growing competition around State Street. 

Along with its luscious libations, Night Lizard stands out because for every beer sold, a dollar is donated to an environmental cause. Brewing ingredients are organic and locally sourced. A score of environmentally related events, including live music, videos and games, have been held at Night Lizard since it opened. 

Each of Night Lizard’s brews, made right at 607 State St., is named after an endangered species from the Central Coast. The island night lizard is a species of reptile native to three of the Channel Islands: San Nicolas Island, Santa Barbara Island and San Clemente Island. 

While the environmental awareness is key to its operation, Night Lizard Brewing Co. Opens up for a good time. 

Night Lizard’s level 1 Cicerone Andrew Kormondy also handles duties, including serving as trivia night host. Brewer Clayton Brackley teams with Chip Nassar on a variety of brews, including a half-dozen experimental varieties. 

Operations manager Meg Nassar produced many events in the past year prior to the July 4 birth of her first son, Logan. 

The anniversary of its opening was marked with trip-tip sandwiches and beer specials. The mid-summer night brought out a lively crowd.

Posted Aug. 29, 2019.

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