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Bagby brewery, restaurant nearly ready to open

Bagby brewery, restaurant nearly ready to open

Sitting on nearly half a block along Oceanside’s South Coast Highway, the Bagby Beer Co. is one of the most ambitious brewery projects in North County in recent years.

The brainchild of owners Jeff and Dande Bagby, the business includes a two-story restaurant, a 1,500-square-foot brewery and a beer garden on a 11,000-square-foot lot at the corner of Coast Highway and Minnesota Avenue.

“It’s the Jeff Bagby style,” said Dande Bagby, Jeff’s wife. “He’s really inspiring. He just isn’t afraid of a challenge.”

Jeff Bagby, 40, also happens to be one of country’s most award-winning brewers.

When he was head brewer and director of brewing operations for the Pizza Port...