4:32 a.m., May 22
I remember when I was 19. It was quite a year for yours truly. I moved out on my own, got my first steady job, and became a dad. The latter was enough to nudge me to grow up, but even before that, I’d felt a natural urge to start looking at my life and the decisions I was making in a different light, one tinged with the heightened perspective of budding adulthood. It was a year of introspection, growth, and change.
The same can be said for San Marcos Brewery & Grill (1080 W. San Marcos Blvd). Though lesser known than most of San Diego County’s breweries, particularly standouts in North County like Stone Brewing Company and The Lost Abbey, they’ve been around longer than both. With a birth certificate sporting the year 1993, they are the oldest brewing company in the North County currently in operation. Coming up on the big one-nine, general manager Dean Jacobsen has decided to start doing things a little differently as well.
The brewpub has 16 taps. Up until this month, they exclusively spouted only beers produced on-site; house beers like Two-Timing IPA, Pompous Ass Imperial Brown, Old Goats Oatmeal Stout, and the signature Wild Clover Honey Ale. All that changed two weeks ago when Jacobsen cleared out half his taps to devote them to guest beers from local breweries. That initial line-up included Sculpin IPA and Black Marlin Porter from Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits, The Lost Abbey Old Viscosity imperial stout, Stone Arrogant Bastard Ale, and IRA Red and Pin-Up Pale from Vista’s Mother Earth Brew Co.
Jacobsen’s tap manipulation was inspired by San Marcos Brewery & Grill’s upcoming October 15 anniversary. He says he is proud of breweries that have followed in his business’ footsteps and taken things to the next level. He also realizes what a Mecca in its own right San Diego’s North County region has become, and hopes to celebrate that in tandem with his own beers. Doing so, he says, will only enhance the experience for beer fans.