Monday, February 1, 2016

Breweries That Closed

With the thriving San Diego beer community, it is easy to forget that success in the beer world is not always easy. Many breweries struggled before breaking out, like Alesmith, but other craft beer pioneers did not make it. Here are some of them:

Valley Center Brewing Company (11/2014-8/2016)

Pacific Brewing (3/2014-7/2016)

Twisted Manzanita (2010-3/6/2016)

URBN St. Brewing Co. (Summer 2014 to 2/1/2016)
110 S Magnolia Ave, El Cajon, CA 92020 (former site of the El Cajon Brewing Company)
“It wasn’t the beer,” said Jon Younger, acting general manager. “It was the investment, the continual investment it was going to take.”“In order to [distribute the beer to other accounts] you have to put out a lot of free beer,” Younger said, “you have to travel, you have to keep branding and branding. I think we just hit a wall.”“It’s amazing beer,” Younger said. “It’s just a shame.” to URBN Restaurant Group representatives, a primary investor was not aware how capital-intensive it would be to open a brewery. Because of this, the brewery opened lacking adequate funding. Selling beer became problematic because the beer could not be sold at a price that would sustain the operation.
Beer Brewing Company (6/6/2014 - 1/21/2015)
1813 S Coast Hwy Oceanside, California

KnB Wine Cellars (still open but stopped brewing in ~2015)
6380 Del Cerro Blvd, San Diego, CA 92120

Julian Brewing Co. (3/9/2012 ~ 12/2014)
2315 Main St Julian, California, 92036

La Jolla Brew House (1/2007 ~ 1/2014)
7536 Fay Ave La Jolla, CA 92037

401 G St San Diego, CA 92101 (Gaslamp)

Mad Lab Brewing (7/12/2012 - 6/28/2013)
6120 Business Center Ct #700, San Diego, CA 92154

El Cajon Brewing Company (10/2011 to 4/1/2013)
110 N Magnolia Ave
[In addition to being unable to fulfill rent obligations] Meadows also struggled to pay back a lid (the outstanding loan amount of $601,000he received from the City of El Cajon’s Redevelopment Agency.
Fisher and the City of El Cajon will now begin the hunt for a replacement brewery/restaurant business to fill the venue, located in the heart of Downtown El Cajon. City officials said the new tenant will assume the outstanding loan on the property located at 110 N Magnolia Ave.

The Brew House at Eastlake (1/2008 ~ 10/2012)
871 Showroom Pl Ste 102 Chula Vista, CA 91914

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