Pangaea Bier Cafe celebrated its 10th anniversary over the summer.
“Pangaea started with three employees 10 years ago and now employs 20,” said Kindra Archie, co-owner with husband Rob Archie of the cafe on Franklin Boulevard, across the street from Gunther’s Ice Cream.
Archie developed his taste for Belgian beer while playing pro basketball in Europe. He finds it has unique flavors compared to domestic brews. The difference is largely because of the yeasts used and the brewing techniques, some of which were first developed by Trappist monks in Belgium.
The list of beers on tap soon expanded to craft beers, largely from California but also from other states and regions. The additional craft beers available coincided with the first Sacramento Beer Week in May 2010. Later, a bottle shop was set up with a separate entrance adjacent to the restaurant and bar.
The 10th anniversary celebration on July 14 included many hard-to-find beers. “Ales for ALS” from Russian River Brewing in Santa Rosa was brewed as a fundraiser for ALS (also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease). A portion of the sales was donated to ALS research.
Also featured were newly released beers from the new Urban Roots Brewing and Smokehouse, co-owned by Rob Archie and brewmaster Peter Hoey. Three beers from Urban Roots received awards at the State Fair beer competition this year.
“Pangaea makes our neighborhood a better place,” said Hai Leong, a Castro Way neighbor and frequent customer who lives six houses away from Pangaea. “It is friendly like Cheers, where everybody knows your name.”
Kindra Archie explained why she thinks Pangaea has been a success: “We have continuously grown with a lot of good feedback from our customers. The community and our neighbors helped build up our business.”