Bart Mendoza 5 a.m., Dec. 8
As the close of 2011 nears, my attention is already turned to 2012. There are tons of new restaurants, businesses and developments ready to break in the New Year. Many are still under wraps with the people behind them not ready to talk until all of the details surrounding their ventures have been finalized. Others would like to shout everything from the rooftops, but just don’t have enough info to give. Each day this week, I’ll provide you all that I can on five exciting happenings in the local hospitality industry to whet your appetites for the year to come.
Nanobrewery is a term used to describe breweries producing the most minimal annual volume of beers. Contrary to popular misconception, the term cannot be used to describe your homebrewing buddy’s garage full of kettles, carboys, miles of tubing and foreign stainless steel apparatuses. Despite that, some homebrewers are so prolific, and their products of such quality, that they are mistakenly regarded as such. There’s one such abode-based brewhouse located in coastal North County. It’s run by one of San Diego’s most award-winning homebrewers and, in 2012, that talented individual will go pro, opening a full commercial facility somewhere in Carlsbad. The exact address has yet to be determined, but if the brewmaster can replicate even a portion of the massive success he’s enjoyed on the amateur circuit, it’ll be worth seeking out. (PS: there’s a hint to the brewer’s identity somewhere in this post.)