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Kensington Brewing Company- San Diego (Grantville)

Photo of sign for Kensington Brewing Company, San Diego

Name: Kensington Brewing Company

Where: 5839 Mission Gorge Road, Suite E | San Diego, California

Cost: Taster $1.50-$2.00 | “Full Pour” $5.00-$6.00 | 22 oz. $7.00-$8.00 | Growler fill $16.00-$18.00

Photo of entrance to Kensington Brewing Company

About: Although Kensington Brewing Company has been brewing for a few years, they finally opened a tasting room three weeks ago. The small brewery is located just down the hill from Kensington and San Diego State, in Grantville.

Photo of tasting room at Kensington Brewing Company, San Diego

Tasting Room

I first tasted one of Kensington Brewing’s beers at The Haven, and it was delicious. I heard the brewery would be opening their tasting room soon, and I have been watching for the opening ever since. If you follow my wanderings, you know I love drinking beers where they are made.

Photo of a stuffed boar head in the tasting room at Kensington Brewing Company, San Diego

Owners/operators Zack Knipe and Andy Rogers were busy pouring and packaging beers when I visited yesterday. In spite of being busy, their service to customers was quick, attentive, and friendly. Sitting at the bar with me was a couple of brewery fans who were moving out-of-state. They were buying cases of 22 ounce bottles to stock their new residence with Kensington Brewing beers.

Photo of brewing equipment at Kensington Brewing Company, San Diego

Brewing System

The brewery owners like to drink Old World and English-style beers, and that’s what they make. The beers I tasted were more balanced than typical San Diego-style beers, and a little more malt-forward. They were all well-crafted and delicious.

Photo of the Double IPA at Kensington Brewing Company, San Diego

Double IPA

What I Drank: The brewery was pouring four beers, and I savored tastes of them all: Apricot Wheat (5.4% ABV/6.35 IBU); Imperial Stout (7.4% ABV/31.35 IBU); Coffee Stout (7.4% ABV/31.35 IBU); and Double IPA (9.2%/81.81 IBU).

Likes: I liked all four beers and would drink any one of them again. However, I particularly enjoyed the Double IPA, as it is quite different from West Coast-styles. It is made with English pale malts, giving it a pretty color, pleasant aromas, and thick texture that provides for a wonderful mouth feel. The high alcohol is hidden among the layers of flavor. On my next trip, I plan to order a “full pour” of it.

Dislikes: none

The Verdict: For some well-crafted beers that are fresh and full of flavor, visit Kensington Brewing. Recommended.

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