It’s time for more quick hits from around San Diego County’s brewing industry, where something’s always going on and news moves fast.
When starting up California Wild Ales, the company’s founders intended to have a public tasting room at its Sorrento Valley production facility. The team built the space out with a bar, used-barrel belly bars and even an assortment of artistic touches on the walls. Then, they decided not to utilize the space and rely 100% on bottle-release events to sell the company’s product. Once again they have changed their mind…sort of. Now, California Wild Ales will open its “barrel house” in “pop-up” fashion, communicating via social media when they decide to roll up their garage door to let people in and serve their assortment of sour beers, five of which were available during last Saturday’s inaugural pop-up. California Wild Ales is located at 4202 Sorrento Valley Boulevard, Suites L and M.
Last March, Coronado Brewing announced it had secured space at a new, 7,000-square-foot building at Imperial Beach’s Bikeway Village near the Bayshore Bikeway. The plan was to install an eatery equipped with a 10-barrel brewhouse. Those plans are currently on hold as the building, which is located at 535 Florence Street, is currently for sale. Coronado officials report that all options are still on the table, and they may still end up proceeding with the project, but they are exploring what is best for the company. Coronado Brewing is also still in the process of seeking a future site for its semi-related spin-off brand, SouthNorte Brewing.
San Diego Brewing’s departure from its leased Brewery Igniter suite earlier this year left a vacancy in H.G. Fenton’s North Park campus. That multi-tiered brewery-and-tasting-room space is now under the control of JuneShine, a company setting out to brew alcoholic kombucha. Typically, kombucha’s alcohol-by-volume comes in under one percent, but the one percent for this business will be its One Percent For the Planet status. The project is slated to debut this summer and will be a neighbor to fellow CRAFT by Brewery Igniter tenants, Eppig Brewing and Pariah Brewing at 3052 El Cajon Boulevard.