At its annual awards banquet earlier this month, Galt District Chamber of Commerce named Back Alley Brew House Business of the Year.

“You’ve done so much for the community,” then-Chamber President Rachelle Copp said at the banquet on Dec. 2. “In such a short period of time from opening, I’ve seen you guys raise hundreds and thousands of dollars for people here in our community. You’re proud supporters of the blue family, whether it’s our local police officers or nonlocal police departments. You’ve partnered with our chamber and countless nonprofits and families, and for that we are forever grateful.”

Copp continued, “You and your team have created a space that is so much fun for adults with your outdoor beer garden, but still somehow kids are welcome. When you walk into Back Alley, it’s like you’re walking into your own backyard. I think that’s what you wanted to achieve, and you guys did.”

Back Alley Brew House is owned by Sam and Shelly Mitchell. The family team anticipated opening their doors in early 2020; however, the pandemic set those plans back by quite a few months.

Since opening its doors, Back Alley Brew House has hosted numerous fundraisers, bringing thousands of dollars to local causes.

“Thank you so much for everything you have done, everything that you continue to do. This to me is a well-earned award,” Copp said.

Upon accepting the award, both Mitchells hugged Copp.

“I wanted to say thank you to family and friends. We love this town, we love being a part of Galt,” Sam Mitchell said.

Galt District Chamber of Commerce spotlights one business each month throughout the year, then chooses one of those businesses as the business of the year. Other organizations and businesses honored during 2021 were Galt Police Department, Sacramento Municipal Utility District, Gilly’s Car Wash & Dog Wash, Flames, Galt Teen Center, Joan Werblun Floral Design, Squeeze Burger, Las Islitas, The Coffee Shop Bakery and Galt Rock.

The banquet, sponsored by SMUD, also marks the annual chamber board reorganization.

Copp handed off the reins to Kevin Borges, branch manager at the Twin Cities Road location of F&M Bank. Joining Borges on the executive board are Madison Delbrugge, vice president; Toni Gerling, secretary; Bonnie Rodriguez, treasurer; and Copp, past president. Board members for 2022 include Amy Sandhu, Heather Farmer, Laura Blakey, Jason Kerby, Kirk Smith, Brent Harling, Veronica VanDyke, Gurdeep Baines, Brian King and Joe Baptista.

Outgoing board members were also honored. Rose LaVine and Terry Carson Brown had served on the chamber board for decades.