Eppig Brewing opens in North Park

Welcome to North Park , Eppig Brewing! That's right, the brewery opened to the public on Wednesday, Nov. 2, meaning the beer is officially flowing.

Eppig steps into San Diego with a rich history unlike most around town, as the family-owned brewery first opened doors in 1866 in Brooklyn, New York. Stephanie Eppig and her husband Todd Warshaw decided to honor that family legacy with a Brooklyn-inspired tasting room, featuring exposed brick and lots of dark wood. They even have the original documents of their family's brewery, which survived prohibition, to show off in the new tasting room.

The brewery, located off El Cajon Boulevard, is also one of three locations of a grouping of breweries called "CRAFT," launched by Brewery Igniter. The organization was started by H.G. Fenton Company in hopes of helping breweries who often have an expensive and slow time opening their doors open much faster to get the beer to the customer as soon as possible.The other two breweries under the CRAFT group are located within the same complex as Eppig, including San Diego Brewing Company and Pariah Brewing Company, slated to open soon.

Stephanie and Todd decided to bring on two San Diego brewing vets to head their team. The duo went with Nathan Stephens and Clayton LeBlanc, both of whom brewed at their respective Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits locations (Little Italy and Scripps Ranch) prior to signing on with Eppig. Their new home at Eppig features a 10-barrel brewing system and 16 taps ready for tasting brews.

Thus far, the team has already executed some delicious hits like the Factory of Dreams IPA, a cherry and raspberry Berliner Weisse called Glitz and Glam, Even Better Session IPA and Civility West Coast Blonde. With more beers already in queue, we think the future's looking bright and sudsy for this young-meets-old brewery.

Eppig Brewing, 3052 El Cajon Blvd., North Park. eppigbrewing.com

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