A Taste at Mason Ale Works- Oceanside
Name: Mason Ale Works
Where: 2002 South Coast Highway | Oceanside, California
Cost: Taster $2.00-$3.00 | Pour $5.00-$6.00
About: Located inside the URGE Gastropub and Whiskey Bank building is a 10-barrel brewhouse where Mason Ale Works brews house beers for URGE. Currently, nine of Mason‘s beers are available for tasting at URGE‘s beautiful new brewpub in Oceanside.
The new URGE brewpub was opened last month by the owners of URGE Gastropub in Rancho Bernardo. URGE Oceanside is on the corner of South Coast Highway and Vista Way, near the boundary of Oceanside and Carlsbad. It specializes in craft beers (especially fresh ones from Mason Ale Works), craft cocktails, whiskeys, and gourmet fine food.
Although my visit to the brewpub yesterday was for the purpose of tasting Mason Ale Work‘s brewery-fresh beers, I must say the gastropub’s interior stole the show. As soon as I entered I was instantly distracted by the stylish ambience: beautiful hard wood tables, cool lighting, 41 taps, and hundreds of whiskeys behind the bar. There are so many whiskeys and spirits a ladder is used by bartenders to retrieve them.
Although I didn’t eat during my visit, a review of the food menu made me drool: burgers, tacos, steaks, chicken, chops, pasta; oh my. I will return in the near future, that’s for sure.
What I Drank: I ordered a Mason Ale Works Jambi (6.7% ABV) West Coast-style IPA. Jambi is a mellow, balanced, refreshing IPA with subtle flavors and a lovely floral finish. It is perfect for pairing with many of the selections on the food menu at URGE.
Likes: The beer I drank was well-made and well-priced at $6.00. Mason‘s other beers looked interesting to try next time, such as the gose, saison, and wheat ale. I really liked sitting at the bar where I could watch the flair bartenders exhibited when crafting cocktails. Customer service was excellent. URGE has a big parking lot right next to their building. Clean, well-stocked restrooms.
The Verdict: Highly recommended. Mason Ale Works is brewing a selection of interesting beers, and the one I sampled, Jambi, tasted good. URGE Oceanside is a great local place for well-made, reasonably-priced craft beers, craft cocktails, spirits, and wine. The menu reads well and I plan to return very soon to pair food and beer (and probably a whiskey).