Neon Bear Brewery is dedicated to producing the best quality beer, while surrounded by historic, local, and beautiful neon art. Located in the Pomona Packing Plant, Neon Bear Brewery is a partnership between Arteco Partners, the Museum of Neon Art, and our brewmaster Ryan. Our mission is to brew quality beer, and to provide drinks for a great cause: the preservation of historical Neon art.
Our brewmaster Ryan has spent over 10 years perfecting his craft with the likes of Last Name Brewing and other breweries to culminate in bringing his knowledge back to his beloved roots in the heart of the Inland Empire. Joining forces with the Tessier Family, as well as collaborating with the Museum of Neon Art (conveniently located next door!), he now brews his passion for beer with some of the most amazing Neon Art that Southern California has to offer.
As a collaborative partner in the endeavor, MoNA has graciously displayed some of their historic collection inside the Neon Bear Brewery for guests and fans to drink in both beer and the neon light. Some of their curated pieces include the Atomic Martini, the Poodle, Flynn's Arcade Sign, DaLinks Blues and Booze, the LA County Fair's Pie A La Mode, and our joint masterpiece: The Neon Bear!
A historic artifact recovered from a 60s car repair and muffler shop, this 16 foot behemoth stands tall as our magnum opus and mascot. While still a work in progress, the top piece is currently mounted inside the brewery as a testament to the dedication that Neon Bear Brewery has for recovering, repairing, and maintaining historic neon art pieces.
The Museum of Neon Art encourages learning, curiosity and expression through the preservation, collection and interpretation of neon, electric and kinetic art. Neon is a gateway between scientific principles and artistic expression. Neon illumination integrates electrical technology, creative design, and fundamental concepts of physics and chemistry. The Museum of Neon Art is the only museum in the world devoted exclusively to art in electric media, exhibiting electric and kinetic fine art, and outstanding examples of historic neon signs, for over three decades.
Arteco Partners is a Pomona-based, innovative “re-developer,” focusing on constructing creative communities through adaptive-reuse of historic structures and infill development in mixed-use downtown neighborhoods throughout Inland Southern California.
Their flagship development is the Pomona Arts Colony in downtown Pomona, while other notable projects include the Emporia Arts District in downtown Ontario, the Claremont Packing House, Padua Hills Theater, Fox Theater Pomona, Vail Headquarters, Riverside Food Lab, Cookhouse Food Hall, Riverside Game Lab, and most recently The Haven Pomona.
Since 1992, our family-owned company, through our in-house construction firm, has completed the renovation of more than 25 historic structures and several new buildings totaling more than 800,000 square feet.
At Arteco Partners, we are proud of our “community-focused” projects and partnerships with educational and arts non-profit organizations, as well as our dedication to the arts and eco-friendly initiatives.
For a century, the Pomona Packing Plant was a cornerstone of Pomona's industrial age, housing everything from a fruit cannery to a box and pallet manufacturer. Today, the Pomona Packing Plant has a new mission: to house the artists and entrepreneurs of Pomona's creative economy.
Located in the Pomona Arts Colony, the Pomona Packing Plant was fully renovated by Arteco Partners in 2013 and subdivided into 22 industrial art lofts. The Packing Plant spans an impressive two square blocks, making it the largest arts complex in the Pomona Arts Colony.
Units inside the Packing Plant range from 1,400 to 7,565 square feet and are a beautiful showcase of historical, industrial architecture – featuring thirty-foot, vaulted, open-rafter wood ceilings, exposed brick walls, concrete floors, and salvaged fire doors and skylights.
Artists and entrepreneurs who call the Packing Plant home include furniture designers, fashion designers, graphic artists, painters, sculptors, make-up artists, Pomona’s first micro-brewery, and a satellite of the Museum of Neon Art. The Pomona Packing Plant also participates in Pomona's monthly "Second Saturday Art Walk," so be sure to hop on the trolley and stop by for a visit!