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Bitter Brothers Brewing Company- San Diego (Bay Ho)

Photo of beer taps at Bitter Brothers Brewing San Diego

Name: Bitter Brothers Brewing Company

Where: 4170 Morena Boulevard  San Diego, California

Cost: Taster $1.50 | “Pour” $4.00 | Growler fill $8.00 (1L) $15.00 (2L)

Photo of entrance to Bitter Brothers Brewing San Diego

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.

Photo of tasting room and brew house at Bitter Brothers Brewing San Diego

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.

Photo of the tasting room at Bitter Brothers Brewing showing tables, chairs, and art work on the wall.

Tasting Room

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.

Photo of the brew house at Bitter Brothers brewery San Diego

Brew House

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:

Photo of The Prodigal Son IPA in a glass on the bar at Bitter Brothers brewery

The Prodigal Son 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!

Dislikes: None

The Verdict: Recommended. A great new addition to the San Diego craft beer scene.

Photo of two white dogs in the tasting room at Bitter Brothers Brewing Company San Diego

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