Fall Brewing Company is one of my favorite new San Diego breweries. They just opened last November, but I have a feeling I’ll be spending a lot of time here this year. (Hey-o, that rhymed.)
The brewery is located on 30th Street in San Diego’s North Park neighborhood. It joins the likes of Belching Beaver, Poor House Brewing Company, Modern Times, and another newcomers,Rip Current Brewing Company.
What makes Fall so wonderful? Quite simply, they have great beer and a great atmosphere. The brewery has an edge to it–kind of rock and roll, kind of hipster, kind of a designer’s paradise… It’s hard to put your finger on, but it works. It’s not often to see a brewery have all the right elements straight out of the gate, but this place has done it.
Fall’s success is probably due to the fact that the guys behind the brewery are not new to the industry. Owner Ray Astamendi has an impressive history. He was the founding brewmaster at Saint Archer and had several other gigs at respected institutions such as Mission Brewery, Maui Brewing Co., and Left Coast Brewing Co. His partner, Dave Lively, is responsible for the slick design work seen on the tshirts and around the brewery.
But let’s not forget about the beer.
On my several trips to Fall, I’ve sampled almost all they have to offer. Being a pale ale fan, I tried Darling Nikki first. It’s exactly how it’s described: “a straightforward pale ale.” If you’re just getting into craft beer, I would recommend trying this one or their Plenty for All Pilsner. They’re both light beers with less than 5% ABV.
I also really enjoy the Jazz Hands Berliner Weisse. My first reaction to this beer? “I would like to sit on a porch and sip this.” (To be fair, I have that thought quite often.) It’s tart and fruity, but not in the same dividing way as a sour beer. It’s complex enough to satisfy a seasoned craft beer fan, and also light enough to appeal to newbies. Berliner Weisses are a new thing for me, but I think I’ll be writing about them quite a bit this year.
Fall also has a red ale called Unicorn Stampede. I’m tempted to let the amazingness of the name speak for itself, but if you like reds, you should give this a try. It’s hoppy and has a slightly sweet malty finish.
And if you’re a stout fan, you’re in luck. Take my word and get the 2AM Bike Ride–preferably on nitro. It’s a Dark Horse coffee and vanilla bean stout with a surprisingly low 4.6% ABV. During a recent trip, they were serving it along with an Irish car bomb donut from Nomad Donuts. I probably don’t need to tell you that I almost immediately took a nap after I got home that afternoon, right?
As you can tell, Fall has a cool location and a wide range of good beers to try. If you’ve been before, let me know what your favorite beer is in the comments. If not, check it out and let me know what you think!
I was in no way compensated or commissioned for this post. I just genuinely like the place.