Fallbrook Brewing Company- Fallbrook
A few miles west of the Avocado Highway in the northern reaches of San Diego County lies Fallbrook Brewing Company. The brewery and tasting room are in a historical building on Main Avenue, the main drag of downtown Fallbrook. It’s nice there, and well worth the long drive through the backcountry.
Walking in the front door you’ll see artwork and cool black-and-white photos on the wall. When I was there they were playing a mix of bluegrass tunes and old school rock and roll, which was mellow and fitting. I was welcomed by one of the owners in that “friendly village” way that Fallbrook is known for, which is just the way I like it.
Behind the tasting room is a small-batch brewery (aka, nano), where there is plenty of room to expand their system. Based on the beers I tasted and positive comments I heard from other patrons, it won’t be long before Fallbrook Brewing does so. Their beers are fresh, interesting, and tasty.
For this visit I chose the Wilt Rd. Wit (5.2% ABV) to taste and review. Named for a country road east of town, this Belgian-style Wit is brewed with tangerines from local trees. A marmalade is made from the tangerines which is added to the boil, giving it wonderful aromas and flavors. Here is my impression of it:
Straw color, hazy, and medium carbonation. Nice head forms sticky white lace as the beer slides lower. Very low malt character, of course, as the wheat is being showcased. Also low hop aroma and bitterness. Instead, aromas are tangerine, spice, and cracker. Flavors of tangerine and spice, along with pleasant tart and tangy tastes. Body is medium creamy, and the finish is clean and refreshing. Overall, a wonderful wit with tasty tangerine notes.
I paired this beer with a Bean, Rice, and Cheese burrito that I picked up at Pedro’s Tacos down the block from the brewery. It was the best burrito I have ever eaten during my travels and I plan to go back for another one. The beer and burrito pairing worked well, despite the pairing being unplanned.