Beer enthusiasts and entrepreneurs Beau Schmitt and Mike Sill had an idea to open a unique bar and restaurant focused on locally-crafted brews and spirits. On Monday, October 26, the beer-loving duo opened The Brew Project in Hillcrest to do just that.
"We want to offer Hillcrest and Banker's Hill a neighborhood spot that focuses in local beer," said Schmitt. "We specialize in San Diego beer and don't serve anything, without exception, that is brewed outside of San Diego County lines. We've been strict on that and upheld that since our inception three years ago. What that does is offer a true tasting experience for local beers."
The Brew Project offers "a San Diego brewery tour under one roof," with a rotating draft list of 24 San Diego beers and a selection of spirits from nearby distilleries. "We specialize in specialty beers from the larger, well-established breweries and a good representation of beers from lesser-known, newer, farther-out and smaller breweries," said Schmitt.
Customers currently can find brews such as Ballast Point's Calm Before The Storm, Hillcrest Brewing Co.'s Crotch Rocket and Stone Brewing's Barrel-Aged Brown Ale with Balaton Sour Cherries on tap.
The Brew Project's line of house-made cocktails uses fine spirits from local distilleries - with the exception of the tequila, which Schmitt and Sill decided to leave up to the experts down south.
"Five out of six of our house cocktails support San Diego distilleries, and the other uses tequila," said Schmitt. "Our play on a Mai Tai has Malahat rum and Ballast Point Three Sheets Barrel Aged Rum in it."
The Brew Project also offers a full-service restaurant featuring a flavorful menu packed with San Diego-style favorites, including breakfast sandwiches, breakfast burritos, specialty sandwiches, tortas and entrée-style salads." Schmitt added that avocado is prominent in many dishes.
The Brew Project also has an on-site bottle shop where customers can purchase local beers and boutique wines to go.
"We're excited to be in our new location with an opportunity to support local breweries and distilleries," Schmitt said. "We've got an awesome blend of individuals with a common love for beer."
The Brew Project is located at 3683 Fifth Ave. in Hillcrest. For more information, call (619) 795-7890 or visit thebrewproject.com.