Mike Hess Brewing- San Diego (Miramar District)
In 2010 I was toying with the idea of starting a nanobrewery so I started visiting Hess Brewing’s original location in Miramar. Unfortunately, back then they had short hours and everytime I went there the brewery was closed. Then life got in the way and I became distracted with other commitments. Fast forward to the present and I was finally able to visit.
Unlike Hess Brewing’s North Park location, this original brewery is small and lived-in, with comfy old couches, a big picnic table, and a giant Jenga made of 2 X 4 blocks to play with while enjoying some great beer. You can also see the original “nano” brewing system that the Hess brewery started with. It’s a nice place to hangout.
Hess is not brewing here any longer, as all their brews are now produced at the North Park location. Those beers are all on tap here, however, and I lucked out that their North Park IPA was available to taste. This single IPA brew is 6.8% ABV and 74 IBUs. Here is my impression of it:
Clear amber color with a cheery white head and nice lacing. Classic floral, citrus, spicy, and resinous aromas of orange, grapefruit, white pepper, and fennel. Flavors align with the aromas. It has a tingly carbonation and is well-bodied. This is a beautifully crafted, high-quality American IPA.
I would love to pair this brew with pulled-pork, sausages, roasted meats, sharp cheeses, curry, barbequed ribs, or sweet desserts. Incidentally, after drinking North Park IPA and singing its praises to the beertender on duty, I was told Brandon Hernández felt the same way about this brew. Here is what he said about it in his column in the San Diego Reader.