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SpecHops Brewing Company- Vista

Photo of the logo for SpecHops Brewing Company.

Name: SpecHops Brewing Company

Where: 1280 Activity Drive | Vista, California

Cost: Tasters $2.00 | 8 oz. $4.00-$5.00 | Pints $6.00-$7.00

About: After many years of planning SpecHops Brewing Company, ace home-brewer-turned-professional David Casperson and his wife Stephanie finally held their brewery’s Grand Opening Weekend last March 24th-26th.

Photo of the brewhouse

Located inside a cavernous warehouse in Rancho Vista Business Park in Vista, the military-themed brewery is currently serving five clean and delicious beer styles: Session IPA, Pale Ale, Stout, Black IPA, and Saison.

Photo of the tasting area at the brewery

There is plenty of room to enjoy those beers and lots of seating. The tasting room has full view of the 15-barrel brewhouse from picnic benches, bar stools, and standing when it gets crowded. There is a large HDTV near the bar for watching sports, and several games like Giant Jenga and Cornhole to play.

One interesting aspect to the brewery is what they call a “Story Room,” where veterans, military personnel, first-responders, and surviving family members are encouraged to record their “Sea Stories,” by recounting their service from “battles and events gone by.”

Photo of the story room at the brewery

From the brewery website: “Our business is Making Uncompromising Beer and Gathering Great Stories.”

Photo of a blackboard with signatures in colored chalk from well wishers.

What I Drank: Jedburgh (5.0% ABV) Saison, a very nice beer brewed to style: clear, pale gold color; fruity (orange), floral, spicy (coriander, pepper) aroma; flavor similar to aroma; effervescent with a crisp, clean, dry finish. If you like Saisons, you will like Jedburgh, named for World War Two’s Operation Jedburgh.

Photo of a pint glass of beer on the bar at the brewery

Likes: Meticulously kept brewery, well-made beers at reasonable prices. I thoroughly enjoyed the pint of Jedburgh Saison ($6.00) I drank. Knowledgable staff. Great service. Dog friendly. Clean restrooms.

Dislikes: none

The Verdict: Recommended. A new craft brewery in Vista producing well-made beers to satisfy any beer-lover’s tastes. Beers and service were excellent and worth traveling for.

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