I had the pleasure of checking out 10 Barrel Brewing‘s new space in East Village set to open VERY soon! Not only was the beer incredible, but the friendly faces and delicious food just made it so much more special! We got to tour the brewery and got to meet so many of the brilliant minds behind the project. We chatted with Ben Shirley (aka Benny), who’s their brewmaster, and talked to Tommy Fraioli (an renowned local chef) who created a gastropub-style menu. Read on to learn more about the 10 Barrel Story and take some sneak peeks into the space before opening!
Who and What is 10 Barrel!?
10 Barrel started back in 2006 with three guys in Bend, Oregon who shared one simple mindset; brew beer, drink beer and have fun doing it. Since then our brewery has grown but we will always stay the same… Rough morning? Grab a beer. Big powder day? The “Gone Skiing” sign goes up. Too hot to work? Mandatory company float. You get the picture… Here’s to living it up with a beer in hand. CHEERS! (via 10barrel.com)
First off, I should mention I’m not 100% deep into the beer scene or culture here in San Diego as much as I would like. But it’s always so nice to venture and try new beer when I get the chance. So as soon as I heard about 10 Barrel, I couldn’t wait to try! We were greeted by so many smiling faces excited for opening and got to chat with so many people. We learned more about 10 Barrel, a brewery that started in Bend by people who are passionate about their craft and love to have fun doing so. And from there we tried all of the beers and learned from Benny that he’ll be doing a lot of experimenting and brewing beers specifically for the San Diego location (there are 4 others across the country)!
My favorite beers were the sours. There was Raspberry Crush and Cucumber Crush – they were refreshing and tasted incredible paired with the food we tried prepared by Tommy. My favorite of the food we tried has to be the sliders, wings, and chicharron chips! YUM! After touring the space and getting an inside look at what is going to be the rooftop deck and lounge area, I am so excited to go back to enjoy a few beers up there along with trying their pizzas upon opening!
I’m really looking forward to seeing the whole space come together, I think it’s going to be great to get a little taste of the PNW here in San Diego. So be sure to keep an eye out for their grand opening along with me! In the mean time, I’ll be daydreaming of their fancy beer – the Rose Bois Grand Cru (which was a Belgian style wild sour ale aged in a barrel – um WHAT!?)! YEAH, SO TASTY!
1501 E St, San Diego, CA 92101