Looking for a new beer tasting tour? Check out La Jolla Brewing Company, one of the up-and-coming San Diego breweries. In December, new owners revamped the La Jolla Brewhouse on Fay Avenue with a modern look, brand-new menu and most importantly, locally crafted beers. Now called the La Jolla Brewing Company, it hopes to be a destination point in San Diego’s ever-growing craft beer community. There are 24 beers on tap and five beers are made in-house and named after La Jolla landmarks we all know and love.
La Jolla Brewing Company underwent a major remodel including a new dining room – complete with two large beer kettles as the room’s main focus – a new tasting room at the back perfect for small get-togethers and parties, updated restrooms, and an updated front outdoor patio. Diners can catch a glimpse of a few kettles involved in the actual brewing process on the right-hand side of the room. The food menu features high-end comfort food perfectly paired with the beers on tap.
Meet Brett the Brewer
Brett Stampf, the head brewer, spends Friday and Saturday brewing fresh batches of beer. Typically, he produces about 300 gallons of beer per batch – plenty to keep the locals happy! When asked about his recipe for success, he said “I like to focus on a main theme of balance and smoothness. Drinkable beers; something that everyone can enjoy while still maintaining a level of clarity and a certain amount of flavor.” And after sampling a few, we must say he’s spot on! La Jolla Blue Book got a behind-the-scenes look into how the beer is made.
Meet the Beers:
Neptune Nitro (4.7%) This golden ale is delicate and lightly hopped, with a touch of dryness and a creamy, frothy head. Well-balanced and smooth, this beer definitely lives up to the La Jolla Brewing Company’s standards.
Coveside Stout (4.6%) A darker, creamier beer, you wouldn’t think this stout would be as easy to drink as it is! Produced with a blend of Nitrogen and CO2, it maintains consistency without being over-carbonated. Its distinct roasted coffee malt flavor is perfect for stout-lovers!
Gliderport Pale Ale (6%) Brewed with pure California ale yeast, this tastes like a classic American pale ale. Lightly flavored and distinctly hoppy, it remains one of the brewery’s most well-loved classics.
Birdrock Brown Ale (6.8%) Produced with authentic English ale yeast which carries a distinct brown malt profile. Brewed with a touch of brown sugar and plenty of dry hops, this is a classic take on the old brew favorite and maintains a great bitterness-to-sweet ratio.
Sunny Jim IPA 2.0 (6.8%) The brewers are on their second batch of this unique IPA. The recipe is constantly changing and evolving, according to Brett; they bring in hops from countries all around the world, including New Zealand and Australia, and test out different versions until finding one that’s just right. The Sunny JIM IPA 2.0, as its affectionately named, is a bit more flavorful but still maintains a great balance. Perfect for a sunny afternoon!
Head over to La Jolla Brewing Company which opens every day at 11 a.m. and is located on 7536 Fay Ave. Mention this blog on our site and receive 20% off lunch and 10% off after 5pm (good thru March 31)! For more info visit lajollabeer.com
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