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Chula Vista Brewery

Photo of sign for Chula Vista Brewery above the front entrance.

Name: Chula Vista Brewery

Where: 294 Third Avenue | Chula Vista, California

Cost: Tasters $2.50 | Flights (4) $10.00 | Pints $6.00-$7.00

Photo of the sidewalk and street in front of the brewery with trees and plants.

About: Located in downtown Chula Vista’s Third Avenue Village, the craft brewery venture by locals Timothy and Dali Parker occupies the old police station space (between F Street and Davidson).

Photo of the beer brewing system at Chula Vista Brewery.

Opened earlier this month on Cinco de Mayo, following an expensive refurbishment, the family-run and independent Chula Vista Brewery is the first of its kind in the historic downtown area. Ales are being brewed on a 5-barrel system under the guidance of Russell Clements, who was a brewer at Rock Bottom in La Jolla and Ballast Point in past years.

Photo of the tasting room at Chula Vista Brewery.

Straightforward in design, the comfortable tasting room features an exposed beam ceiling, vintage light fixtures, a sealed concrete floor, repurposed wood plank tables, and sturdy wood stools.

Sit at the bar and chat about beer with the friendly and knowledgeable staff. Sit near the big roll-up windows up front to watch Third Avenue passers-by. Or sit anywhere in between. It’s all good here.

Photo of a craft beer in a pint glass on the wood bar of Chula Vista Brewery.

What I Drank: Wi-Fi Wheat (5.2% ABV), an American Wheat beer produced from a grain bill of 50% wheat and 50% barley:

Golden in color, hazy, with a thin, but long-lasting white head. Aroma and flavor are grainy, bready, and doughy. Mouthfeel is light-medium, with a slight creaminess. Finish is clean. Overall, an easy-drinking, very tasty beer.

Likes: The Wi-Fi Wheat warrants a return to Chula Vista Brewery. Beertender Liz is quite knowledgeable about craft beer and provided excellent customer service. The new brewery’s location is great–surrounded by restaurants, shops, and plenty of parking. Clean restroom.

Dislikes: none

The Verdict: Chula Vista Brewery is a welcome addition to downtown’s Third Avenue Streetscape. The beers are delicious and reasonably priced. Highly recommended.

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