In September, we reported that Valley Center’s SR76 Beerworks had undergone a full-scale rebrand that included a new name, Rincon Reservation Road Brewery. That interest, which is owned and operated by the Rincon Economic Development Corporation (the economic arm of the Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians), now has a website and is preparing to open next month.
Rincon Reservation Road Brewery—which goes by the nickname 3R Brewery—is the first certified Native American-owned and operated brewery on tribal land in Southern California. The new name references a trail along the San Luis Rey River the Luiseño Indians traveled from the Warner Hot Springs area of Palomar Mountain to modern-day Oceanside in order to hunt, gather and fish. Tribal villages were located along the trail at Rincon and Pauma. Today, Rincon Reservation Road runs through several Indian reservations, including Rincon, Pechanga, Soboba, Pala, Pauma and La Jolla.
As it did in its previous iteration, the brewery will debut with a quartet of initial offerings: Oasis Blonde Ale (4.2% alcohol-by-volume), Rez Dog Hefeweizen (5%), Red Rattler Amber Ale (5%) and Chief IPA (6%). Those beers will be available on draft and canned. They are the product of brewmaster Shawn Steele, who spent the past two years as director of brewing for Coronado Brewing, after 14 years with Karl Strauss Brewing where he headed quality control. In the future, it is a goal of 3R Brewery to get members of the tribe involved in the company where brewing is concerned.
Rincon Reservation Road Brewery is located at 777 South Resort Drive on the same property (but operating independently of) Harrah’s Southern California Resort. The tasting room will open to the public on Thursday, January 30. Its hours of operation will be 2 to 9 p.m. on Thursdays, 2 to 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sundays and 2 to 9 p.m. on Thursdays.