Take it from the Tap: A monthly taste of beer from here
Say “hello” to a new brew in town.
Know: In mid-April, San Diego’s newest brewery moves into one of the city’s oldest brewing locations. The brick Mission Revival-style building, built for Mission Brewery (1913-1918), was recently occupied by Acoustic Ales (2013-2018).
So?: Latchkey aims to satisfy fans of quality easy-drinkers. “Our beer sweet spot is 4 to 7 percent, in terms of alcohol by volume,” said co-founder Matt West. Expect lagers, a kölsch, pale ales, an IPA and a porter.
Hey, bro: West is partnering with a brother-in-law, Gerald Dollente, a homebrewer and former Ballast Point employee.
Oh, no: While a stately landmark, Latchkey’s new home has old building issues: narrow passages, an awkward loading dock, a two-story layout. “We definitely know what we are getting into it,” West said. “It’s very quirky.”
Latchkey Brewing, 1795 Hancock St., Mission Hills, latchkeybrew.com
A local beer to spend some time with
Beer: Normcore Pils
From: Burning Beard Brewing Company
Why: On a bright April day, what’s better than a bright pilsner? Normcore may be the region’s best Czech-style pils — clean, light-bodied and refreshing.
Geeking out: 5.5% ABV; 35 international bittering units; German malts; Czech hops.
Burning Beard Brewing Company, 785 Vernon Way, El Cajon
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