Last Wednesday, Harland Brewing threw open the doors to its tasting room at 3725 Paseo Place, Suite 1300, in the One Paseo mixed-use development’s Plaza West section. Its future neighbors will include Cava, Le Macaron, Juice Crafters and URBN Pizza. Harland’s tasting room is starting out with 16 beers on tap but is equipped to offer 20 eventually. Interior design elements include brick walls, gold accents and faux animal-hide rugs, and value-addeds come in the form of a pool table, a Big Buck Hunter video game and, soon, foosball and cornhole. The tasting room is open daily from 12 to 9 p.m.
From the get-go, Culture Brewing has sold all of its beer within its friendly confines. This currently includes the tasting room at its brewery in Solana Beach as well as satellite sampling spaces in Ocean Beach and Encinitas. Now, a third coastal venue is on the way…but it’s a little further removed. The eight-year-old company is working to open a tasting room in Manhattan Beach. Sited for 327 Manhattan Beach Boulevard, it will be a family- and dog-friendly establishment featuring local artists and, of course, Culture beer.
In April, West Coaster reported on a cash-box thief who was burglarizing San Diego County beer, cider, mead and wine producers. Shortly thereafter, the serial perpetrator, by then dubbed the “brewery bandit,” went on hiatus; however, break-ins at breweries resumed roughly a month ago. There was obvious concern among local brewery owners during that resurgence, which saw the thief steal money and a computer from Carlsbad’s Arcana Brewing. But as reported by The Coast News, law enforcement believes they arrested the brewery bandit attempting to unlawfully access Wiens Brewing in Temecula on July 21. He was placed in Riverside County Jail and later bailed out. A multi-agency task force assembled to apprehend the brewery bandit estimates he burglarized 20 to 30 businesses that they are aware of, noting the investigation is still ongoing.