David Dodd 4:24 p.m., May 22
A family business is easy to support. A local family business is even easier. A local family-run brewery...well, now we're talking.
And so are beer drinkers who've traveled out to taste the fruits of the Sieminski family's labor at Vista's Iron Fist Brewing Company. Over the past 12 months, the mostly Belgo brewery has become popular.
While some of that was fueled by Green Flash Brewing Company's move from Vista to Mira Mesa earlier this year, it's more that. The beers, while young, are striking a chord, with locals along with the tight-knit feel of this family biz.
To cap off their first year in business, the Sieminskis are holding an anniversary celebration at their brewing facility from noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday, October 15. All of Iron Fist's core beers will be on tap, along with specialty varieties brewed especially for this event. Those include Iron Fist Renegade Blonde infused with Congo Trinidad peppers and the Gauntlet Imperial IPA with tangerine and Key lime, and Velvet Glove stout brewed with a surprise ingredient that brewmaster Brandon Sieminski's keeping a lid on.
A treat is a firkin of Iron Fist's anniversary beer, Martial Law, a strong Belgian dark ale brewed using 150 pounds of dried cherries, which has been stored in a cask along with Cognac-soaked oak chips.
Admission is $22 prior to the event or $25 at the door, which includes five five-ounce beer tasters, a commemorative glass, food from one of two on-site vendors (The Pierogi Truck, Red Oven Brick Oven Pizza), a "flying fist" novelty toy, and access to the live tunes of local act The Flounders.
Iron Fist Brewing Company is located at 1305 Hot Springs Way, #101.
Iron Fist's Brandon Sieminski leads beer fans as they happily ape the company's logo. And before you ask...yes, the youthful brewmaster is actually old enough to drink.