Latitude 33 Brewing Company- Vista, California
Where: 1430 Vantage Court #104 Vista, California 92081
Cost: 4 oz. taster $2.00 | 1/2 Pint $4.00 | Pint Specialty $7.00 Pint Core $6.00 | Growler fills $20.00 Specialty $15.00 Core
About: When Green Flash Brewing closed up shop in Vista and moved south to San Diego late 2011, Latitude 33 moved in to the vacated brewery and kept craft beer flowing on the Hops Highway. Latitude 33’s official Grand Opening took place three and a half years ago on March 3rd, 2012, which they documented with a cool You Tube video. You can view that fun video on this post or here.
The brewery pours twelve different beers consisting of their core and specialty brews. They take pride in having a wide range of styles to meet the preferences of any beer enthusiast. Latitude 33 is one of the few breweries in San Diego County who has the wherewithal to brew a Pilsner (The Crew’s Pilsner, 5% ABV).
Another interesting fact about Latitude 33 is they are a contract brewer for Belching Beaver Brewery (Vista), Legacy Brewing Company (Oceanside), and Reel Brew Company (Los Angeles).
What I Drank: As this was my first visit to Latitude 33 (but not my last) I ordered tasters of their four specialty beers: Romanov IBA (11% ABV), Nitro Vanilla Porter (6.5% ABV), Citrus Sour Ale (6% ABV), and Barlow Black IPA (7.8% ABV). Each brew was tasty, and the Romanov IBA was quite interesting, but I particularly enjoyed the Citrus Sour Ale.
Here are my tasting notes for it:
Golden-orange color, hazy, with a delicate, creamy-white head, good retention. Aroma is a blend of sour, lemon-grapefruit zest, and fresh flowers. Flavors: tart lemon-grapefruit, a hint of orange, light bitterness/sourness and acidity. Mouthfeel is light bodied, medium carbonation, crisp finish with a slight astringency that dissipates quickly. Overall, a fairly nice example of a balanced sour beer that is perfect for a hot day (it was 100 degrees F outside the brewery). As I was drinking it I kept thinking it would pair well with a mild white fish and ceviche.
Likes: This brewery is inviting and I like the openness of the space. There’s plenty of room to walk around and admire the beautiful brewing system up close, or just sit at the bar chatting with the “beertender.” I like the pool table room, the bottled water that’s easy to access, and the clean restrooms. There’s even a big-screen TV for watching sports, if need be.
Customer service at Latitude 33 is exemplary. My “beertender” was happy, friendly, and full of craft beer knowledge and industry information.
Dislikes: Using Google Maps to get to the brewery was confusing. When using it, switch to the aerial/satellite view for clarity.
The Verdict: A craft beer beacon on the “Hops Highway.” Latitude 33 serves a variety of brews worth traveling for, maintains a relaxing environment, and provides excellent customer service. Cheers!Share This: