Mike Hess Brewing is one of the premier craft breweries in San Diego, a destination for aspiring small craft breweries as well as local craft beer fans and tourists alike. From humble beginnings (see History), Mike Hess Brewing has grown to include three locations in San Diego, the original “nano” in the Miramar area of San Diego, our showcase, production brewery in the mid-town area of San Diego, North Park and our satellite tasting room near the water in Ocean Beach.
As the city’s first production nano-brewery – and its 33rd brewery – opening in summer in 2010, Mike Hess Brewing quickly built a solid reputation for great beers and a unique brewery and tasting room experience. After outgrowing Miramar’s production, Mike, his wife Lynda and his brother Greg launched the North Park brewery, welcoming our first visitors in August of 2013 after 18 months of construction. The OB location, located just blocks from Dog Beach, opened in November of 2015.
Our tasting rooms are family and pet friendly, and are staffed by some of the best beertenders in the industry. Whether a beer geek or novice, our friendly staff will make you feel right at home and happily walk you through our lineup of truly hand-crafted, well thought out beers. We offer tasting flights, beer by the glass as well as packaged beer – bottles and cans – or a 32 oz canned “Purrowler” of any draft beer to take beer home with you if you like.
Designed as social gathering places we encourage our guests to strike up conversations with the persons sitting next to them. Many a friendship have been forged over one of our beers!
We believe in optimizing our guests (and our own!) beer experience and therefore, our beer is served not only at proper temperature, but in the proper glassware. We feature a regular offering of four beer-style specific glasses at our North Park location, including a stange, for our Claritas Kolsch, and three variations of a tulip glass for the rest of our lineup, including our pint-size-serving beers (our Reds, Browns, Am. Wheat, Pales, IPAs, Commons, etc), an estate glass for imperials, (like Umbrix Rye Imperial Stout and Gladius, our San Diego Pale) and a classic tulip glass for our Belgian-style offerings (including Helicon, Pallidus and Aurum). Visitors to our Miramar location will find our branded Willi Becher glass as well.
• Our beer is available in Arizona, the Bay Area and from Tahoe to Fresno. Los Angeles, Orange and San Diego County as well. Beginning November 1, 2016, find us in Colorado!
• Our widely read Mike Hess Brewing Odyssey blog, started in 2009, has become the de facto go-to manual for opening a nano-brewery and is widely read across the nation and abroad. It is also the most comprehensive listing of nanos in the country, outside of the Brewer’s Association’s records.
• Mike is recognized as the national expert on nanos (the Brewer’s Association uses the blog as a resource). He has spoken at the NHC (Going Pro Panel), at Beer Con 2011 and at the national Craft Brewer’s Conference in San Diego 2012 and is widely sought by nanos across the country each day for advice and help.