Guadalupe Brewery Crafted In Carlsbad CA- Carlsbad
“Large brewers have the skills to make distinctive beers, but often the most interesting beers and the most interesting stories come from small breweries.” -Michael Jackson, the Beer Hunter.
From my travels to craft breweries throughout San Diego County I have learned there are some breweries that stand out from the rest. Most often these are the small breweries. The quality of their beers is outstanding. Experience drinking beers at them for yourself and you will understand.
For me, these are the breweries to watch and return to from time to time for pure enjoyment. Guadalupe Brewery is one of these breweries. Mark my words.
Until last year, Raúl and Lisa Dejú operated their original artisanal brewery, Cerveceria Guadalupe, in Baja’s famous wine region, Guadalupe Valley. It was there they brewed Belgian Style and experimental beers which are poured at trendy craft beer restaurants in Ensenada and Tijuana.
But there’s a problem for craft breweries in Guadalupe Valley. Since the focus is on wine production, brewers struggle to find assistant brewers. General labor is also hard to find as most people are already working in the wineries.
So, what’s a brewery to do? Move it! And that’s just what the Dejús did. Last month they opened Guadalupe Brewery Crafted in Carlsbad CA behind their home brewing supplies store, Carlsbad Brew Supply. Open only a month, Guadalupe Brewery is already producing well-crafted beers.
Take for example their Wild Reserve (8.5% ABV). “Raúl made this beer with wild yeast he collected in the middle of a vineyard,” Lisa told me. “After fermentation it was barrel aged in a Pinot Noir barrel.”
I’ve had quite a few sours in my travels, and this one is remarkable. If the brewery still has some when you visit, be sure to sample it. Even if you are not a sour beer lover you must try Wild Reserve.
In addition to the Wild Reserve, I also enjoyed El Vainillo (5.5% ABV), a Vanilla Cream Ale at Guadalupe Brewery.
Here is my impression of it:
Deep golden color, sparkling clarity, with a snow-white head. Fresh, clean aroma with notes of vanilla and fruit. Medium-low sweetness and very low bitterness. Creamy, medium body and a crisp, refreshing finish. Overall, a flavorful, thirst quenching beer.