Little Miss Brewing- San Diego (Miramar)
Name: Little Miss Brewing
Address: 7949 Stromesa Court Suite Y | San Diego, California
Cost: Tasters $2.00 | Half Pints $3.00 | Pints $5.00
About: After years of owning and operating craft beer bars in Phoenix, owners Greg and Jade Malkin decided to cool off and open their own brewery in San Diego.
After a careful search they found the perfect Miramar warehouse, complete with an existing cool box, and are now brewing in the vicinity of other notable breweries like Pure Project, Mikkeller, and AleSmith.
With the help of Head Brewer, Joe Liscia, formerly of Green Flash Brewing, and Assistant Brewer/Certified Cicerone, Michael Morbitzer, they built much of the brewery themselves and finally fired up the 15-barrel system six weeks ago.
Their goal is to brew high-quality beers for distribution while offering brewery-fresh beers to patrons who visit the brewery. Little Miss is currently in soft-opening mode, pouring four core beers with three more styles on the way.
The brewery’s theme is related to World War II aviation: pin-up girls, dive bombers, and Lazy Dog bombs. Its tasting room is my kind of place– laid back, casual, comfortable, and fun– actually surrounded by the brewing operation: brewhouse, stacks of kegs, sacks of malted barley, tools and supplies.
When you visit, be sure to admire the copper tap handles, vintage brass cash register behind the bar, and old airplane wing hanging overhead.
Kegs with cushions and wood tops serve as stools and tables in the tasting area, and besides the bar, the best place to enjoy a beer is the double-sofa lounge occupying the middle of the brewery.
There is a great view to the west from the brewery’s big roll-up door, and it is dog and kid friendly. They also have a dart board and play classic rock in the background. No TVs!
What I Drank: Four beers were on tap when I visited. I tasted an IPA and a Pale ale…
Helldiver IPA (6.5% ABV)- earthy, spicy, with nice amount of bitterness. A nice IPA.
New Deal San Diego Pale Ale (5.5% ABV) brewed with Cascade and Palisade hops- mellow floral, spice, earth, and slightly fruity aroma, flavorful and well-balanced. Quite refreshing.
And two different single malt, single hop session ales-
S*M*A*S*H Session Ale (4.8% ABV) brewed with Marris Otter malt and Galaxy hops- mild citrus and passion fruit flavor, grassy, with a clean finish.
S*M*A*S*H Session Ale (4.8% ABV) brewed with Marris Otter and Cascade hops- floral aroma, mild grapefruit flavor, a hint of spiciness, and pleasant finish.
Likes: I really liked visiting this new brewery. Sitting in the middle of a working craft brewery while drinking its freshly-brewed beer is a great experience.
The beers are quite drinkable, and I look forward to the new styles that will be available in coming weeks.
A brewery theme that fits San Diego’s World War II history is clever. Service is friendly and professional. Lots of parking.
The Verdict: Little Miss Brewing is a great place for drinking brewery-fresh beers, meeting friends, and relaxing in the heart of Miramar. Recommended.