Coming To a Head

Burning Beard Brewing

Established under the name Promethean Brewing, this upstart company rebranded around the beer-industry’s most fashionable facial accessory, touching down in El Cajon right when the community needed it most. In January, URBN St. Brewing closed, leaving the city with a gaping hole that is now being ably filled by Burning Beard’s Dankness (IPA) and Darkness (imperial stout), as well as lighter numbers such as a Pilsner-style lager, low-ABV Belgian table-beer, hefeweizen, pale, porter and coffee-infused stout.

785 Vernon Way, El Cajon

Culver Beer Company

Also playing the name game is this business, which originally aimed to be its community’s namesake suds-factory behind the moniker Palomar Brewing Company. A last-minute change had to be made, but Culver’s beer recipes remain intact. First drafts include an 8% ABV Belgian-style blonde called Tiger Ride, a Mosaic-hopped saison dubbed Strange Ways, an Irish stout and two red ales - a traditional variety called The Culver and a version steeped with cherries, apricot and almonds going by Amaretto Red.

2719 Loker Ave. West, Carlsbad