Dos Desperados Brewery- San Marcos
One of the busiest breweries to open on the Hops Highway (aka, California State Route 78) a year ago this month is Dos Desperados in San Marcos. Located just south of Grand Plaza Mall, the brewery is owned and operated by locals Steve and Dora Munson. Long-time homebrewer Steve Munson saw an opportunity to share his craft brewing passion with the community that he loves, and so he built the brewery. Its tasting room is clean, bright, and spacious, with an 8 barrel brewing system on one side and 10 barrel fermenters on the other. And being a clean freak who notices such things, I’m here to say their bathrooms are spotless, too!
Family run craft breweries in San Diego County are interesting to me and I’ll be writing their stories for my publishers, starting with Dos Desperados. Because family breweries brew where they live, they tend to care more about their carbon footprint and give back to their local communities. Dos Desperados, for example, takes good care to maintain sustainable practices in the brewing process, such as reusing heated water, giving away spent grains to a dairy farmer, and using biodegradables in the brew house. During the day the brewery is lit up from sunlight pouring in through huge skylights. In addition to being environmentally aware, Dos Desperados is also having a noticeable positive impact on the San Marcos community by creating jobs, supporting youth groups, and sponsoring events.
Combining carefully crafted flagship beers and friendly customer service while giving back to the community seems to be drawing locals and tourists alike to the fun taproom at Dos Desperados. When I was there for my visit the place was crowded with people seeking out their favorite brew styles and asking about game night, movies, and live music. Outlaw Oatmeal Stout was popular.
So what about the beer? Fellow patrons gave me lots of suggestions to taste, but being in a Belgian beer mood of late I decided on their “Trippel,” ABV 6.7/32 IBUs:
Pretty gold color, clear, with a fluffy white head; nice lacing. Light spicy and floral aromas with hints of orange and honey. Flavors of clove, orange and honey are soft and smooth, balanced by low bitterness. Pleasing creaminess and sweetness on the palate with good carbonation. Finishes dry with low bitterness; no diacetyl or astringency. Overall, this is a nice Tripel that I would like to drink again. It’s low alcohol level for the style makes it easy to drink.