The name “The Monk’s Cellar” itself is a nod to the brewing traditions of Belgium, a country known for its vibrant beer culture. From his trips to Europe, our founder Andy Klein was inspired to create a place in Placer County where people could meet in a casual, safe environment; where good food and great beer are just part of everyday life. Like the celebrated beer destinations of Belgium, The Monk’s Cellar is not a place where beer is dissected and endlessly analyzed, but enjoyed one sip at a time. At The Monk’s Cellar our goal is to create a culture where our beer is shared as easily as the conversations, ideas and aspirations of the community. To realize this you’ll not only see our team on your visits to the brewery, but at regional events where we donate our time, beer and resources to build a better, safer, cleaner place we all call home.
The Monk’s Cellar is the culmination of more than 30 years of professional brewing, service industry, and restaurant experience by Andy Klein, Peter York and Tom Rotelli. Andy has been a member of the local brewing scene since 1995, when he brewed at the iconic and award-winning Sacramento Brewing Company, where Peter also brewed starting in 1998. The two each moved on to become brewmasters at celebrated breweries like Beermann’s, Western Pacific and Lodi Beer Company. While Tom worked hand in hand with Swiss Restaurateur Roberto Ruprect and local celebrity chef Aldo Bavarvo at the Sacramento Capital Club. Deciding it was time to open his own place Andy partnered with Tom on the business and brought in Peter to collaborate on the brewing. With complementing strengths in the brewhouse and restaurant there is little doubt that Andy, Tom and Peter will put out beers and food to impress any palate.