Martinez Business Beat, Aug. 29, 2018

Del Cielo Adding Food, Wine, Has Popular Spot At Clippers Games

Luis Castro’s Del Cielo Brewing Company, 701 Escobar St., has become a popular spot in downtown Martinez since it opened in May, and is one of the breweries that is making Martinez known as a craft beer destination.

It’s expanding its offerings, opening a kitchen so it can add both food and wine to the menu, Castro said.

Daddy’s Tacos has been providing Friday foods, often paired with releases of new craft brews, and Castro said that will continue. He said that’s in keeping with many downtown Martinez companies’ efforts to work cooperatively in cross-promotions.

Besides its craft beers, Del Cielo showcases art as well, with rotating exhibits of paintings and photography on its walls.

Castro, who keeps a keen eye on his beers’ production, said he is glad his brewery found a place in this city. “Martinez is such a big city – but it also is small. I recognize faces from the brewery,” he said.

Besides its downtown site, Del Cielo operates a booth at the Martinez Clippers baseball games, giving fans a chance to try its exclusive IPAs and light beers. For the past few weeks, it has been giving Clippers fans a chance to win a free cap at games. “It’s a way to bring more people here,” Castro said.

Del Cielo has been backing the ball club’s “beer batter” promotion. Each game, a batter in the opposing team’s lineup is chosen. If the Clippers’ pitcher strikes him out, fans can buy Del Cielo’s beers at a deep discount for 15 minutes.

Castro said he expects his relationship with the ball club to continue next season. “Maybe we’ll have Clippers Beer next year,” he said.

Del Cielo Brewing Company is open from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays; 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays, noon to 10 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 8 p.m. Sundays. Its booth will be at the Martinez Clippers’ inaugural season final home games, 6:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday past the seats on the first base side. The company’s website is

Washington Company Gets Concord’s MOTCO Wharf Contract

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District has awarded an $89,974,550 contract for replacement and upgrade of Wharf 2 for container crane operations at Concord’s Military Ocean Terminal (MOTCO) to Kiewit Manson Contruction, Vancouver, Wash.

“This project is a major milestone in the restoration of the aging World War II-era infrastructure at Motco,” said Program Manager Dan Ross. “The replacement and modernization of Wharf 2 will be a great asset in providing the installation with improved means to execute their mission quickly and safely.

The work will begin later this year and should wrap up in 2021.

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