Last month I was lucky enough to try a new location of a previously-visited brewery, At Ease @ Barrel Harbor, and to experience a whole new brewery, AleSmith Brewing Company, while I was in San Diego for the weekend. This month, I found myself in San Diego again with a lot of time and a lot of nothing to do. So you know what I did? I got drunk.
I started out the day right with a big breakfast and then a visit to the Villainous Lair where Ck picked up a new Munchkin game called MOOPS: Monster Mash-ups. Then it was time to commence the drinking that I knew was going to happen all day long.
Our first stop was at Bay City Brewing Company. It is located in an industrial area off the 8 freeway and close to Mission Bay (hence, the “bay” in “Bay City”). Bay City is also about a two minute drive from Modern Times Beer.
Bay City is spacious and seemed even more so when we got there a little after it opened at noon because of the lack of people. More folks eventually showed up and I got to meet two dogs during my time there. Always the highlight!
A well-behaved Frenchie
Their menu isn’t extensive so I was able to pick out right away what I wanted to try.
I went for the basically-named San Diego Pale Ale and the one with the highest ABV, 7.7%.
Sean tried a Power Play IPA that I told him to get because I wanted to try that one too and I knew he would like it. It measured in with a 6.9% ABV.
Carie had the Vienna Lager, a mellow 5.0%, and Ck had the Dark Lager that came in at 5.3% ABV.
The Pale Ale & the IPA were very hoppy. Very resinous tasting and mine killed my taste buds in such a way that I was able to enjoy the rest of my pint. Otherwise, I would’ve been scowling with every sip. I tried little sips of Ck’s & Carie’s lagers and they were so light in comparison. They were delicious and worth a second visit.
We sat around a pallet table that was big enough for 8 people and played a game of Munchkin. It was so much fun because our group has been talking about doing it for about as long as we’ve been playing Munchkin, which is about 3 years. Finally! Our wish come true!
We didn’t have a game board but not to fear! Ck had purchased each of us our own 10-siders that corresponded to our home-game Munchkin colors. What a thoughtful guy!
I languished around level 1 for so long as the rest of those munchkins rose up until Carie eventually claimed the win.
The brewtender who came to collect our empty glasses also asked if we wanted refills and the answer of course, was, “Yes, please!” That was a nice touch of service and I will always remember Bay City as very customer-oriented.
A brew tour bus came through so it got a little crowded for about half an hour but then it cleared out and it was just our gang of four with a Frenchie guy and a couple other humans left over.
A woman from the tour pissed everywhere around the toilet and nowhere in the toilet. What, did she think she was in the men’s room? Sidenote: Bitches please! At least clean your piss up so I don’t have to if you can’t use a toilet seat the right way. It’s your own damn piss. Bitches. The bathrooms were nice and clean other than that little incident.
The brew vats are set up off in the back. They are lit up with cool blue lighting that goes with the silver of the tanks. Cool design, owners!
There is a back patio area that I didn’t get to visit because I love sitting on my ass. Next time I’m at Bay City Brewing, I will check it out.
I liked this brewery a lot. It is roomy enough to deal with crowds and has some pretty tasty beer. I would recommend starting with the light end of their spectrum and you won’t be disappointed.
The location is another great thing about Bay City that will definitely bring me back in. Parking could be better but when I was there, parking wasn’t an issue so I won’t complain. I’ll just say, I would hate to have to find close parking after 4:30 on most weekdays and all time during weekend nights.
Bay City Brewing Company is a must stop if you are in the Mission Bay area. I had a great time there and will be back, for sure.