Bitter Brothers Brewing Company- San Diego (Bay Ho)
Where: 4170 Morena Boulevard San Diego, California
Cost: Taster $1.50 | “Pour” $4.00 | Growler fill $8.00 (1L) $15.00 (2L)
About: Located along Morena Boulevard, north of Balboa Avenue, Bitter Brothers Brewing is the first new brewery of 2016 to open in San Diego. They’re brewing on a shiny new 15-barrel system within full view of their beautiful, well-designed tasting room. A 25-foot long poured-in-place concrete bar top dominates the room, perfect for serving brewery-fresh beers from the brewery’s 14 taps.
When I visited yesterday, Bitter Brothers was pouring five beers consisting of a hefeweizen, two IPAs, and two coffee porters. According to their website, three other styles will be coming soon: dunkelweizen, extra special bitter, and Berliner Weisse.
In addition to their beers, Bitter Brothers is also pouring cold-brewed coffee made with neighbor Caffé Arcidiacono’s 7 bean espresso blend. A new trend at some San Diego County breweries, cold-brewed coffee provides a completely different profile than hot-brewed coffee. Cold-brewed coffee is less acidic and bitter than hot, which means you get a smoother, richer coffee taste that is more concentrated.
What I Drank: I started with The Prodigal Son IPA (6.8% ABV/53 IBU) and finished with a taster of Black Sheep Coffee Porter (5.2% ABV/20 IBU) on nitro. Both beers were very nice, however, I thoroughly enjoyed The Prodigal Son. Here is my impression of the IPA:
Burnt-orange in color, cloudy, with a creamy white head. Aroma is floral, spicy, and orange-like. Flavor is similar to aroma, and slightly grainy and juicy. Mouthfeel is smooth, medium-bodied, with medium carbonation. Nice bitterness and a clean aftertaste. Overall, a balanced, refreshing IPA that I will drink again.
Likes: The beers I tasted were delicious and well-priced. Beautiful tasting room and sparkling brew house. Excellent service from knowledgeable staff. Lots of parking. Dog friendly. Clean restrooms!
The Verdict: Recommended. A great new addition to the San Diego craft beer scene.