San Diego is pretty classy when it comes to breweries. The Coronado Brewing Company is no exception. @CoronadoBrewing has been around for 20 years and they have made a good name for themselves with locals and tourists alike.
There are a few locations around San Diego County in which to sample from their wares. Last Sunday I visited the Tasting Room on Knoxville. It was my first time so I did not know what to expect but I was immediately happy about their stellar selection. It took me a little while to finally decide on a Punk’In Drublic at 8%.
This pumpkin ale has so much flavor and a spicy aftertaste. Not the kind of spicy that makes your nose runny but the nutmeg/cinnamon combination prevalent in many Fall dessert creations. It’s not too sweet…in fact, it’s perfect!
The old man and I have about the same tastes for beer so he went with the Punk’In Drublic too and he loved it. Ck had the Parallel Pale Ale and Carie tried the Sea Breeze Lager. They were both kind of light on the ABV which is why I didn’t try either of them but they looked beautifully golden in color.
Here is a shot of their extensive beer menu. These are just some of the brews available. There is another menu of the “staple” beers from Coronado and a tele screen with more listed. It would take a long, drunk time to try each one of the brews on the board. But I would take that challenge!
We had just visited the Game Empire and bought some great games that we were eager to try. Carie picked one out called Quiddler. It’s a scrabble game with cards. There are eight rounds and you get more cards in each successive round. You have to try to make up words. There were some creative ones but I think this one by Carie takes the cake. Ck described it as a very 1980’s slang phrase.
Needless to say, Ck won the one game of Quiddler that we played and I came in 2nd place.
The tasting room is in the same big warehouse as the brewing vats and kettles as well as a bottling machine of some sort. Possibly, maybe. Probably not.
Coronado Brewing Co. has merch set up everywhere that you can take home with you. You can buy cans & bottles to go if drinking alone is your thing. J/K!
Or you can buy t-shirts, hoodies, key chains, and anything else you can put the CBC brand on. They also sell Growlers in various sizes so get one filled and take it home with you!
Not only is Coronado dog friendly, they have regular local dogs that come in all the time with their people. I got to meet a few of them when I was there and it made my day.
Something else that made my day was seeing the bunghole and getting to point it out with my own two fingers.
The bunghole is where the beer goes into a barrel where it stays to age and develop flavors.
TP for my bunghole.
Everything about Coronado Brewing Company is shiny and attractive and clean. It wasn’t too crowded when we started drinking at 1:00 on Sunday but groups of people trickled in more and more as we stayed longer. It’s the kind of place you don’t mind spending a couple of hours in.
Service is fast and friendly. There is a food truck schedule posted for when you get the inevitable munchies. A big hot dog was there serving weenies during the time we were there. Unfortunately they had not bought their veggie dogs that day so they lost two sales.
I can’t wait to go back to Coronado Brewing Company! It’s a fun and mellow place to hang out and drink. You can bring your own card game to play or watch some balls on the tele behind the bar.
It’s in a great location, right off the 5 freeway near Sea World (boo). The coastal breezes keep the weather all nice and cool so it never gets too hot in there. The Coronado Brewing Co. definitely stands out among nearby breweries as one of the greats. It was a pleasure going there and I will be back!