Kensington Brewing Company- San Diego (Grantville)
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Verdict: For some well-crafted beers that are fresh and full of flavor, visit Kensington Brewing. Recommended.Share This: