Dorian Hargrove 8 p.m., Dec. 11
Remember the Carlsbad-based brewhouse-in-progress with the steam-punk logo I reported on back in July? No? Well allow me to reacquaint you with Daniel Guy and his Fezziwig’s Brewing Company (5621 Palmer Way, Suite C).
Guy is a young homebrewer taking things to the next level via traditional, lower alcohol, English-style beers produced his three-and-a-half-barrel system in an industrial park suite off El Camino Real just north of Palomar Airport Road. When I met with him and toured his facility, he was working to convince the local police that, despite the opinions of a small handful of residents, the arrival of his company would not bring with it an influx of thugs, criminals, and other unsavory alcohol-drawn types.
That chapter of the business’ early history is over. It’s on to bigger and brighter things. Namely, opening the doors to the tasting room. That will happen for the first time during a soft open period beginning this weekend. Fezziwig’s will be open from 3 to 9 p.m. on Friday, September 21, and 12 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, September 22. Like most soft openings, not everything that will eventually be available will be there for the experiencing, but Guy promises, “two beers, soft pretzels, and radio music.”
Though scarce, it should give visitors an idea of what to expect in the future. A 3.68% alcohol-by-volume (ABV) cream ale will be on-tap. Nicknamed Tiny Tim, Guy says it’s mildly hopped and has a faint floral aroma. That light number will be juxtaposed by Darby Dry Chocolate Porter, a 4.86% ABV dark beer that’s drinking dry and roasty fresh out of the fermenter. As soon as his tanks are freed up, Guy plans to brew up some hoppier beers to round out his sudsy slate.
The tasting room has yet to get all of its finishing touches, but Guy commissioned artists to produce a mural and some paintings to brighten things up (making this the second local brewery tasting room to debut with a mural in a week, following Escondido’s Offbeat Brewing Company). All should be complete by the time Fezziwig’s throws its official grand opening in October, but if you’re anything like me, it’s hard to wait too long when there’s beer involved.