What’s Smaller Than Small?

Tinier than teeny? More micro than micro?

Nano, that’s what. And San Diego’s craft beer scene is bursting with the newest trend in the brewing biz, nanobreweries.

My go-to beer guru, Summer at Brew Hop just hipped me to this.  It’s all about small batch brewing and several new spots have cropped up in town lately:

  • Just two weeks ago, Hess Brewing opened near Miramar with a tasting room sampling their diverse beers that range in style from Claritas (a light, refreshing Kolsch) to Intrepidus (a bitter, hoppy San Diego-style IPA) to Ex Umbris (a rich, dark Imperial Stout).  The tasting room is open Wednesdays and Thursdays from 2 -7 p.m., Thursdays from 2-8 p.m. and Saturdays from 1-5 p.m. 
  • Mother Earth Brew Company opened at the beginning of this year up in Vista with eight taps pouring their brews like Primordial Imperial IPA (an aggressively hopped brew true to the signature San Diego-style), Auld Knucker IPA (a more drinkable, session IPA) and Siren Blonde Ale (a light, malty beer made with a touch of honey).  The tasting room is open Thursday and Friday from 4-7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from noon-5 p.m.
  • Also coming soon to Vista will be Iron Fist Brewing Company.  Slated to open next month, this family run brewery will be the newest nanobrewer on the scene.  Can’t wait to see what they unleash on us!

As always, a huge thanks to Summer at Brew Hop for keeping us in the loop on what’s new in San Diego beers.  Whether you’re a hop head or a craft brew newbie, when you visit San Diego, I highly recommend her brewery tours. 

We’ve told you about them before once or twice – they are awesome!

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About Kate

I own, and use, a library card, a record player, a sewing machine and a meat smoker.  Ride my bicycle every day and will, sometimes, wear my roller skates in the house. Have a wealth of useless knowledge – for which you will be thankful when we’re teamed up in Trivial Pursuit.

How would you describe your ideal San Diego day?

Hike through the spring wildflowers in the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. Watch the July 4th fireworks over San Diego Bay. Eat Julian Apple Pie a la mode and check out the autumn leaves. Ice skate and enjoy the twinkling holiday decorations at the Hotel del Coronado. All in the same day.

If you were invisible, where would you go?

I’ve always wanted to be able to stop and restart time like that Twilight Zone episode back in the 80’s, “A Little Peace And Quiet,” but, you know, without the a-bomb at the end. Basically, I just want to avoid waiting in lines.

What is your favorite San Diego outdoor activity?

Brunch, without a doubt. Also, cocktails by the pool, outdoor movies in Balboa Park, scouring the swap meet for vintage finds, hanging out on the patio at the Casbah between sets, lawn games and backyard barbecues.

Do you prefer burgers and beer or linguine and red wine?

Give me uni plucked from the sea by local divers, a warm, crusty loaf from Bread & Cie, luscious Carlsbad strawberries, sweet local lobster in season and creamy Fallbrook avocados. And, most definitely, a grass-fed beef burger with Winchester gouda and a cold San Diego craft brew.

Latest music purchases for my iPod/MP3 player are…

Honestly, I buy my records at the thrift store and depend on my husband to download new music. Lately he's been stacking the deck pretty heavy with 90's indie rock, bluegrass covers and drone metal.  Go figure.

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4 thoughts on “What’s Smaller Than Small?

  1. I’m Impressed. Years ago a friend of mine from San Diego told me I should visit there as I would love it. Now that I know there is such a vibrant beer scene there I am more keen than ever to make that visit. As a dedicated home beer making enthusiast I am interested in visiting the nonobreweries you write about.

  2. Nanbreweries seem to be a good thing so far. They pay attention to customer feedback and are really willing to change based on what’s popular. I could deal with more of ’em opening up around here!

  3. Ross, I haven’t been up to Hess yet but I’m glad to know you’ve liked their beers and excited to visit them, Mother Earth and Iron Fist (when they’re open). The beer scene here just keeps getting more amazing!

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