Garrett Harris 10:11 p.m., May 23
Temecula’s number of free-standing craft breweries is set to double in 2012 with the addition of Ironfire Brewing Company. That newcomer will join Black Market Brewing Company, an operation that has enjoyed a good amount of success, including an award for producing the best rye IPA in the country in 2010. That gold medalist and Black Market’s other brews have trickled down to San Diego County bars and restaurants, so if all goes well, Ironfire’s bound to bust into our market, too.
Ironfire’s logo features a skull wearing a bandit cowboy hat and kerchief ensemble over crossed pistols, hop vines and the tagline “ales for outlaws.” It remains to be seen exactly what these bad guy beers will be, but company president John Maino intends to roll out a set of year-around core beers. Beyond that, his focus will be on crafting darker ales—porters, stouts and the like. Those types of brews don’t get a ton of attention in Southern California, due to our perpetually warm weather and citizens’ love of sun-friendly pale ales and IPAs.
Maino is taking care of the final legalities for the company’s base of operations. Ironfire will be located off of Winchester Road, just north of Temecula’s Old Town District. The company is set to open no later than June, but more likely in the spring.