San Diego is home to many great things. Year-round great weather, peerless Mexican food, and insane fad diets based off of pseudoscience tend to come to mind. Oh, and beer. Beautiful, delicious, bubbly, refreshing beer.
While each of the city’s 118 breweries certainly deserve their own shine, some deserve it a little more than others. (That’s a polite way of saying they’re better.) And one of those better breweries is Modern Times Beer.
Despite being in business for less than three years, the brewery has already risen to the top of the San Diego beer scene. Newly released beers sell out so quickly that it started a membership club, setting aside cans for altar-worshipping devotees, and in 2015, it was named San Diego’s Best Brewery by West Coaster magazine’s reader’s poll. (West Coaster, for the uninitiated, is a magazine written by and for people who know an obsessive amount about beer.) To put that in perspective, that’d be like enrolling your child in kindergarten and having them master quantum physics three years later (only a slight dramatization, but you get the point).
Now, as it looks to expand to Los Angeles, we called up Jacob McKean, the straightforward, funny, and welcoming (he publishes all his beer recipes online for the public to attempt to reproduce) owner and founder of Modern Times, to pick his brain on how all of this came to pass.