1813½ South Coast Highway, Oceanside
Haven Harris says his beers are so colorful and eclectic that the name of his nanobrewery, Beer Brewing Company (1813½ South Coast Highway, Oceanside) doesn’t need to be. Brought into an exciting three-way food-and-beverage operation by childhood friend and Wrench and Rodent Seabasstropub owner Davin Waite, and Bull Taco proprietor Greg Lukasiewicz, Harris has made the most of a small rented space in the back of the latter establishment, installing a one-barrel brewing system, a “ridiculously small” taproom, and a beer garden that feels like someone’s backyard.
Harris first got into beer as a sales rep for Green Flash Brewing Company in 2004. From the beginning, he knew he wanted to open his own brewery and spent the next decade in a constant state of brewing, tackling just about every style. He enjoys variety and appreciates all of the world’s ales and lagers. When Beer Brewing Company opens in a few weeks, it will present a perpetually changing menu of brews spanning every style, many of which will only be brewed once.
The total output for the business is estimated at 100 barrels per year. The old tavern-like tasting space is outfitted with random, mismatched furniture as well as eight taps, which will serve Beer Brewing Company beers as well as offerings from other local breweries. The business will be open Thursday through Sunday and support its neighboring eateries. Together, the trio make for something of a foodie’s dream come true, offering cutting edge sushi and outlandish “inauthentic” Mexican fare as well as local beer. But how well will they pair with Harris’ Vegemite Brown Ale? Only time will tell.