La Jolla Brewing Company- La Jolla
I was in La Jolla yesterday to check out the breweries and La Jolla Brewing was first on my list. Located on Fay Avenue just north of Pearl, this brewery lives up to its goal of being a local neighborhood bar, restaurant, and “really cool joint.” They have an interesting story and mission which you can read more about on their website. From my perspective, as a beer tripper and customer, I can say without a doubt that La Jolla Brewing’s mission was met.
It was before lunch hour when I arrived so at first I had the place to myself. I got a quick tour of the brewhouse and was able to admire a loud and lively fermentation that was underway in a blow-off bucket. Brewhouse fermenters and conditioning tanks are within view of the bar, tables, and booths so you can watch the brewing process while enjoying your beer. There are several TVs with sports on them to watch if there’s no brewing action going on.
Since it was warm outside but still before noon I decided on a pint of La Jolla Brewing’s Neptune’s Light, a German Pilsner. And since Pilsners are versatile, especially with fiery foods, I paired it with the Spicy Buffalo LJBC Chicken Wings for lunch. Although the beer was fine by itself, it tasted better with the wings. And the wings tasted better because the Pilsner’s hops bitterness and carbonation kept my palate clean. Here are my notes on Neptune’s Light, 4.9% ABV:
Golden amber color, clear, dense white head with good retention. Low spicy aroma. Medium bitterness balanced and low-medium sweet flavors. Medium body, good carbonation, and crisp, clean finish. Quite refreshing. Overall, a very drinkable, thirst quenching beer that paired well with the spicy wings.
Because this Pilsner is so versatile, La Jolla Brewing has many menu items that it would pair well with, such as these Starters and Snacks: Fried Pickels & Crispy Jalapeños, Pork Belly Tacos, Bacon Wrapped Pork Belly, Salt & Pepper Fries, and LJBC Calamari with its sweet and spicy red chili sauce.