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San Diego’s Bay City Brewing Company

Bay City Brewing officially poured beer to the public yesterday at their new brewery on Hancock Street near the Sports Arena. It was a historic moment for them, and me, as I have been following their development since they first posted on Facebook. I like how they used Facebook to document construction of the brewery which you can view here.

Like other soft openings I have been to recently, yesterday’s at Bay City Brewing was a good one. All the brewers were there answering questions and providing good service to craft beer enthusiasts, folks from the industry dropped by, and one of the partners brought in a load of homemade potato chips from McGregor’s. These warm chips and Bay City’s Experimental Pale Ale were the highlight of my day.

One nice thing about where this new brewery is located is the fresh ocean breezes that sweep up the San Diego River bed from Ocean Beach, two miles west. You can feel them coming in through the big roll-up doors of the tasting room, and out on the patio.

Another great thing about the location is the night view of fireworks at Sea World from the patio. I’m looking forward to drinking a brew out on the patio one night while enjoying the display. Warm summer night, ocean breeze, freshly brewed beer, and fireworks- priceless.

Bay City is currently pouring four beers: Experimental Pale Ale, Porter served on nitro, Session IPA, and Stout. Since I’m a fan of brewer Chris West’s brewing style, especially his San Diego-style Pale Ales, I consumed a pint of Experimental Pale Ale (5.5% ABV).

My tasting notes:

Served in a beautiful stange bearing Bay City’s logo, this brew is hazy golden in color with a finger wide, lovely white foam head that has good retention and sticky lacing.

Aroma is complex: citrus-like, fruity, floral, sulfur-like, with a hint of fennel and anis.

Flavors of biscuit, pine, grapefruit, and sulfur combine with a pleasant bitter taste.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, carbonation is medium, and the finish is crisp and dry.

Overall, this brew is exemplary of a San Diego-style Pale Ale, i.e., hoppy. It is a well-crafted beer, quite drinkable, and very refreshing. I’m looking forward to another one, or one like it.

Cheers!

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