Food & Drink

Hess Brewing Company

At this point, "nano" has been declared the way of the future by pretty much everyone, except that huge Mork who thought the future was "nanu". Now going nano with beer, Hess Brewing Company.

"San Diego's first licensed nano-brewery" is run by an ex-Navy Lieutenant Commander who spent 15 years home brewing in his garage, before moving up to...a bigger garage, outfitted with a custom 1.6 barrel brewing system specially designed with help from his machinist bro to produce 52-gallon batches, making microbreweries look like Maltmart. Consumption happens two ways: purchase a to-go growler, or for $10 get an in-house tasting of their five predominately Latin-named staples (plus a souvenir glass!), starting with the Cologne-style, 5.8% ABV Claritas Kolsch (Claritas meaning brightness and light), and the five-hop, 8.4% ABV IPA "Intrepidus", which translates to either eager, fearless, or hot-blooded -- to verify this, just check it and see. Also tapped: a Vienna Cream Ale called Grazias (thanking Austria's city of Graz), the 9.8% ABV Ex Umbris ("from the shadows") Rye Imperial Stout, and Amplus Acerba San Diego Pale Ale, amply alcoholic at 11.3% ABV, as well as amply bitter with an insane 120 International Bittering Units, also a way to describe a large, disbanded group of Floatopians.

Hess is currently fermenting Jacundus Orange Honey Wheat, and Belgian & Black IPA is in the works. While they're only open Wed-Sat for tastings, parties of five or more can make off-hours appointments; they'll even custom brew a batch to your specs -- just give them six weeks, and you'll be saying "nanu nanu" to your future.