Don Bauder 9:40 p.m., May 21
Espirit de corps is at the heart of one of San Diego’s newest brewing operations. Aztec pride, to be exact. A quartet of Montezuma Hall move-ons has banded together to make a go of it in San Diego’s vibrant craft brewing industry. Their company, Aztec Brewing Company, will open in the very near future (the soft open is Saturday, August 27), making it the newest of the county’s nearly 40 operating breweries. Despite that and the fact that its staff have never brewed as pros before, the business brings built-in history to the scene.
Aztec Brewing Company is a brand that the SDSU alumni are breathing new life into. A Mexicali brewery, the original Aztec Brewing laid down a network of roots stretching throughout California before the brand was purchased by a Midwest company and ultimately retired. To this day, if you drive around the Golden State, as the beer-loving quartet behind the new ABC did prior to coming up with a name and brand to implement, you can find old promotional murals on sides of buildings and eroding desert ruins.
Such a mural may someday make it into the mix at Aztec Brewing’s new tasting bar at 2330 La Mirada Drive, Suite 300 in Vista. That's where they’ll serve their sextet of core beers, including a wheat beer brewed with agave nectar, a cocoa-laced porter and several IPAs (one of which packs a bite brought on by chipotle peppers).
Aztec Brewing Company’s Claudia Falk in front of a circa-1930s ABC sign in Keeler, California.