J&L Eppig Brewing Company- San Diego (North Park)
Address: 3052 El Cajon Boulevard Suite C | San Diego, California
Cost: Taster $2.00-$3.00 | Full Pour $6.00 | Flight $7.00 | Growler Fill $18.00-$22.00
About: The brewing roots of J&L Eppig Brewing go deep– back to 1866 in Brooklyn, New York. That is when the new North Park brewery’s co-founder Stephanie Eppig’s ancestors established major brewing companies and transformed their community with charity and good works. It is Stephanie’s intention to do the same thing here in San Diego.
J&L Eppig Brewing is one of three independent breweries operating inside H.G. Fenton’s new Brewery Igniter facility in North Park. Stephanie and her team are brewing on a 10-barrel system and serving their beers in an adjoining tasting room which they finished themselves. They just opened five days ago, so check the website for their hours before visiting.
Like the other Brewery Igniter projects, there is a solid, poured-in-place cement bar top, open ceiling with a skylight, and vintage industrial light fixtures to light the bar area. Natural light pours into the tasting room through front windows and a big roll-up door. Although the room is small, there is plenty of seating and the vibe is casual and relaxed.
What I Drank: I opted for tasters of: Glitz and Glam (4.1% ABV/8 IBU), a Berliner Weisse pre-spiked with raspberry and cherry syrups; Zwickelbier (4.6% ABV/20 IBU), a dry hopped, unfiltered Lager; and Festbier (6.0% ABV/24 IBU), a German-style Festival Beer.
Zwickelbier and Festbier are part of the brewery’s “Natural Bridge Lager Series” which honors the original founders of Eppig Brewing. The series is “a broad range of styles drawing from the rich history of brewing tradition while innovating to create beers that are directly our own.”
I enjoyed all three beers I tasted, though I would have preferred the Berliner Weisse without the shots of syrup. The style is one of my favorites, and I like to taste them before I add a syrup flavor. Nonetheless, Festbier was my favorite of the three:
Bright amber color with off-white foam. Clean, light toasted malt aroma. Subtle malt sweetness, toasty, with mild hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is smooth with medium body and carbonation. Finish is clean with no aftertaste. Overall, a very nice beer that is perfect for the fall season.
Likes: Well-made beers at reasonable prices. Festbier was my favorite. Friendly, professional service. Private parking lot is a plus. Clean restroom.
The Verdict: A nice addition to the San Diego beer scene and one worth traveling for. Recommended.Share This: