Food & Drink

North Park's first beer maker

Opting to show you how its done rather than just sell you stuff you'll muck up, the dude behind the former Home Brews & Gardens in North Park and two of his brew-minded customers (all SD natives!) joined forces to bring you a wood-lined rebirth of the bi-level shop, which properly scrapped the gardens in favor of way more brews. Just inside the unassuming entrance you'll find this 15-tap tasting room where you can snag tasters/pints of their scaled-up homebrew favorites, like the Bavarian-style Bad Moon Weissen brewed following the Reheinsgebot German beer purity law, and a Belgian Golden Strong Ale dubbed Fornication, probably because its 8.2%ABV will lead you to indiscriminately engage in it. Sip and sample under the light of stained glass windows originally imported from ze Motherland for an old German restaurant in La Jolla that one of the owners' fathers helped demolish decades ago. If you hit it from the back, you'd see this seven barrel system valiantly toiling to please/increase your gut with a hoppy selection of 12 mainstays and three seasonals. About twice the size of the front, the back room (to be used mainly for special events) also contains custom booth seating, stools made using motorcycle rims, and another 10-tap bar constructed entirely from a pile of scraps, helping to ensure they pour way more-er brews.