Plan 9 Alehouse- Escondido
Name: Plan 9 Alehouse
Where: 155 East Grand Avenue Escondido, California 92025
Cost: 4 oz. Taster $2.00-$4.00 | 9 0z. Taster $6.00-$8.00 | Pints $4.50-$6.48 | Rare Bottled Beers $15.00+
About: Open two years now in historic downtown Escondido, Plan 9 Alehouse is a family brewpub with a 1.5 barrel nano-brewery next to the kitchen. Currently, they are pouring three of their brewery-fresh beers in addition to guest craft beers from San Diego County breweries and beyond. Aaron Calles is the brewer and restaurant owner.
Another brewer in Escondido told me Plan 9 runs out of their house-brewed beers often, so I felt lucky when I visited and three of their ales were on tap to taste: Über Alles California (5.1% ABV), described as a “Non-traditional, ‘Mocktoberfest’ bier;” Late Breakfast (6.0% ABV), a Porter; and Turd Ferguson (7.5% ABV), an unfiltered Imperial Brown.
In addition to the wide variety of craft beers they pour, Plan 9 serves up elevated pub food made with local ingredients, like their house specialties, Bourbon-Sriracha Duck Wings and Tenacious Chicken Wings, served with tasty sauces. And, I just found out on Tuesday nights they offer specialty hamburgers which look amazing on the brewpub’s Facebook page. I need to go back on a Tuesday real soon.
What I drank: Due to the scarcity of their beers, I had a taster flight of three brews that were available. Über Alles California had a caramel aroma and tasty, caramel/nutty flavors. Late Breakfast featured a blend of coffee and blue berries and had a pleasant tartness to the aftertaste. And Turd Ferguson reminded me of Kahlúa with its tasty combination of coffee and chocolate flavors.
All three beers were well-made, balanced, and clean. I will definitely be watching Plan 9’s Facebook page for future artisanal beer creations to taste. Like other small-batch breweries, based on what I tasted so far, the beers here are wonderful.
Likes: The Plan 9 beers were well-made and very well-priced. The range of reasonably-priced guest beers was also good, and their list of rare bottled beers looked amazing. The food menu looked interesting with delicious-sounding dishes which I want to try.
I sat at the beautiful bar and liked the wide concrete top to set my beers on. I got great service from staff who were tending it. They were attentive, efficient, and friendly. I love that they play classic movies on one of the TVs above the bar, but there were other TVs at the brewpub showing sports. The brewpub plays good music, too.
Plan 9 has a nice area for kids to play while families wait for their food. Plus, there are comfy nooks where you can hang out in back if you need a quiet spot. Another plus: the brewpub is cool inside on hot days.
Dislikes: They are closed on Mondays.
The Verdict: Recommended. I drove up from downtown San Diego to check out Plan 9. Their fresh-brewed beers, alone, are worth the drive. Like their beers, I found quality in other aspects of the restaurant that will bring me back. My only regret visiting this time was that I didn’t try their food. But I’ll be back!Share This: