Invisible Force at San Diego’s New Nano
Brewery Name: Magnetic Brewing
Where: 5595 Magnatron Boulevard Suite O San Diego, California (Kearny Mesa neighborhood)
Cost: Tasters $1.50 | Pints $5.50 | Growler fill $19.00
About: Magnetic Brewing was opened last month by Morgan McCarty and his family. The craft beer nano-brewery is located in a small, light-industry space in Kearny Mesa which they tricked out into a cool, laid-back brewhouse and tasting room.
McCarty is brewing beer on a 1.5 BBL (46.5 gallons) system he built with two 55 gallon stainless steel barrels for cooking, and two 66 gallon vessels for fermenting.
Beer names at the brewery refer to electro-magnetism phenomena in Physics, such as Lodestone, Weiss Domain, Flux, Permeable, Magnatar, and Ionic. And like the magnets sticking to the huge piece of metal chain mail fabric hanging on one wall, the beers have magnetic appeal to them for their high ABVs and tastiness.
What I Drank: McCarty had four beers on the menu the day I visited and I ordered a taster of each: Lodestone, Weiss Domain, Flux, and Ionic. Although I enjoyed them all, Lodestone (American Brown Ale, 8.2%/40 IBUs) was my favorite so I ordered a pint.
Lodestone is a good example of the style. In the glass Lodestone is medium brown, opaque, with a thin, tan head. Aroma is rich and toasty, with notes of citrus, floral, fennel, and spice. Flavor is malt forward, toasty, with hints of milk chocolate, brown sugar, and spice. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, creamy, with moderate carbonation, and a clean, silky finish. Overall, this is a very nice brew, very drinkable, and I recommend it for anyone, but especially for enthusiasts who enjoy American Browns.
Likes: The beers were strong, well-made, and well priced. Like other small breweries I have visited in San Diego, I enjoyed talking to the brewer about the beers and hearing about the brewery. I like the small, personal touches that made me feel welcome, like small bags of Planters Peanuts, water to cleanse my palate, magnets to play with, and a small table and chairs for kids.
Verdict: Magnetic Brewing is a great addition to the San Diego craft beer scene for well-made, high-gravity, and reasonably-priced beers. Open just three weeks, the brewery is already producing tasty brews worth traveling for.Share This: