Low Brau recently had the opportunity to stop by and visit Hess Brewing in San Diego, CA. If you aren’t familiar with Hess, they are a well established nano-brewery on the west coast, and in fact, is San Diego’s first licensed nano-brewery. Many suggest that nano-breweries cannot survive in the brewery world, due to the economies of scale, but Hess has proven them wrong and is very successful.
During our visit, we had to make sure we tried their flight (ten different beers on tap) and grabbed another beer or two afterwards talking shop and beer with Michael Skubic and blogger Baltimore Beer Guy. There was quite the range sytlewise and plenty of flavor, showing what is possible with hard work (Hess has a 1.6 BBL brewing setup) and passion. We were also delightfully surprised that the growler of coffee porter made it through the flight.
It was great to see their set up and to experience all of their beer. It also provided further inspiration and excitement for things to come here at Low Brau.