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Bay City Brewing celebrates third anniversary with new brewer

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72 and Hoppy -- it’s a forecast you can drink. (Arlene Ibarra/Bay City Brewing)

Austin Pinder, a former senior brewer at Karl Strauss, is looking to refine the brewery’s portfolio and refocus efforts on quality.

For Austin Pinder, the new head brewer at Bay City, the watchword is “consistency.”

A former senior brewer at Karl Strauss, Pinder said fans of the Point Loma brewery — it’s visible from Interstate 8, near the Sports Arena — shouldn’t notice any radical changes. But they may find the beers are more consistent.

“I’m not looking to come in and blow up the whole portfolio,” said Pinder, 37, who succeeded Chris West in late June. “But I’ll be refining those beers, making them a little bit better, refocusing on quality, making sure we turn out the best possible beers every single time.”

Bay City will celebrate its third birthday Aug. 11, noon to 10 p.m., at the tasting room, 3760 Hancock St., Suite A, San Diego. The party will feature a limited edition hazy double IPA, plus canned versions of Bay City’s two best sellers: Bay City Pale, a strong (7.7% alcohol by volume) pale ale, and Vienna Lager, a milder (5%) beer with a nutty, toasted malt base.

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Bay City Brewing took advantage of being within proximity to the Valley View Casino Center as they hosted its own Star Wars event before the movie-themed night at the San Diego Gulls hockey game on Friday, Jan. 20. (Jared Gase)
Jared Gase / Jared Gase

In the upcoming year, Pinder plans to add sour beers to Bay City’s lineup, expand the brewery’s barrel-aging program, open a laboratory for quality control and, yes, focus on consistency.

“I see Bay City as refined but approachable,” Pinder said. “We’re going to focus on providing quality beers, keeping it simple, brewing what everyone in San Diego expects to have.”

Read more from Peter Rowe’s weekly beer column here.