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Second Chance Beer Company- San Diego (Carmel Mountain Ranch)

Photo of sign for Second Chance Beer San Diego

Name: Second Chance Beer Company

Where: 15378 Avenue of Science #222  San Diego, California 92128

Cost: 4 oz. taster $2.00 | 8 oz. $3.00-$4.00 | 16 oz. $5.00-$6.00 | Growlers- $15.00-$18.00

About: Gifted master brewers are like master chefs. They’ll work for a while at someone else’s business, gain recognition and fame by winning medals and awards at competitions, then break off to capitalize on their talent at their own venture.Photo of two men standing at bar of Second Chance Beer Company San Diego

Marty Mendiola is one of those gifted master brewers. For 15 years he was head brewer at Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery in La Jolla. Beers he brewed there consistently earned awards and medals at World Beer Cup and Great American Beer Festival competitions from 2009 to 2013.

So what’s a talented, award/medal-winning master brewer to do next? In Mendiola’s case, team up with a restaurant/brewery business genius like Curtis Hawes and start a new craft brewery in America’s finest beer county. And that’s just what he did.

Mendiola and Hawes soft-opened Second Chance Beer Company two weeks. Currently, the brewery is pouring four beers.

The brewery is dog friendly.

Photo of a chihuahua curled up on the floor at Second Chance Beer San Diego


What I Drank: I tasted all four beers they had available the day I visited: Luminous Blonde Ale (5% ABV/22 IBU); Legally Red Red IPA (7.2% ABV/68 IBU); Seize the IPA India Pale Ale (6.5% ABV/65 IBU); and Tabula Rasa Toasted Porter (6.2% ABV/33 IBU).

Photo of taster flight of four beers at Second Chance Beer Company San Diego

Likes: Although I enjoyed all four of the brews I tasted, I really liked Seize the IPA and Tabula Rasa. Beers are served in classy “beer-clean” glasses, and taster flights come to you on custom, reworked oak barrel staves. Nice touch.

I also like the design of the tasting room. The bar top is beautiful. Lighting and fixtures are cool. The color scheme is relaxing. Restrooms are clean and new. TVs show surfing videos. And the place is kid and dog friendly.

Because the brewery has been open for only two weeks, I’ll write tasting notes next time I visit. It was not appropriate for me to take beer notes during this first visit, as the brewing system is new and I wanted to enjoy the ambience.

Dislikes: none

The Verdict: A new, mid-size craft brewery with lots of people-friendly space to relax in while enjoying brewery-fresh beers. Although it’s just starting up, with the talented master brewer and sharp business manager team running this operation, it’s evident this brewery is one to watch.

I love drinking well-made beers at their source, particularly award/medal winners. I’m looking forward to tasting them here.

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