4S Ranch Allied Gardens Alpine Baja Balboa Park Bankers Hill Barrio Logan Bay Ho Bay Park Black Mountain Ranch Blossom Valley Bonita Bonsall Borrego Springs Boulevard Campo Cardiff-by-the-Sea Carlsbad Carmel Mountain Carmel Valley Chollas View Chula Vista City College City Heights Clairemont College Area Coronado CSU San Marcos Cuyamaca College Del Cerro Del Mar Descanso Downtown San Diego Eastlake East Village El Cajon Emerald Hills Encanto Encinitas Escondido Fallbrook Fletcher Hills Golden Hill Grant Hill Grantville Grossmont College Guatay Harbor Island Hillcrest Imperial Beach Imperial Valley Jacumba Jamacha-Lomita Jamul Julian Kearny Mesa Kensington La Jolla Lakeside La Mesa Lemon Grove Leucadia Liberty Station Lincoln Acres Lincoln Park Linda Vista Little Italy Logan Heights Mesa College Midway District MiraCosta College Miramar Miramar College Mira Mesa Mission Beach Mission Hills Mission Valley Mountain View Mount Hope Mount Laguna National City Nestor Normal Heights North Park Oak Park Ocean Beach Oceanside Old Town Otay Mesa Pacific Beach Pala Palomar College Palomar Mountain Paradise Hills Pauma Valley Pine Valley Point Loma Point Loma Nazarene Potrero Poway Rainbow Ramona Rancho Bernardo Rancho Penasquitos Rancho San Diego Rancho Santa Fe Rolando San Carlos San Marcos San Onofre Santa Ysabel Santee San Ysidro Scripps Ranch SDSU Serra Mesa Shelltown Shelter Island Sherman Heights Skyline Solana Beach Sorrento Valley Southcrest South Park Southwestern College Spring Valley Stockton Talmadge Temecula Tierrasanta Tijuana UCSD University City University Heights USD Valencia Park Valley Center Vista Warner Springs

Coming Attractions: Hillcrest Brewing Company

It’s getting to the point where seeing a San Diego neighborhood without a brewery is an oddity akin to finding one without a taco shop. Such glaring voids are being filled at a rapid clip. One community that’s about to get an infusion of locally produced beer is Hillcrest. The partners behind Mo’s Universe—the hospitality group that includes Urban Mo’s Bar & Grill, Baja Betty’s and Gossip Grill—are constructing a brewpub called Hillcrest Brewing Company in a corner building in the small complex that houses Gossip Grill.

When I dropped by, the place was still under construction, but showed a great deal of potential, especially once I heard the owners' design plans. When complete, the space will feature a hexagon-shaped bar, open ceiling, cupula, and a 15-foot chandelier made using 70 22-ounce beer bottles. There will also be a 13-foot garage door leading to an L-shaped patio with steel communal tables and cushioned keg seats.

None

The brewhouse will be the domain of David White, a former animal trainer and homebrew enthusiast who prepared for his ascent to the professional stage by interning at Aztec Brewing Company in Vista. The seven-barrel system he’ll work off of is a “Frankenstein” setup he built himself that's capable of producing 14-barrel batches if necessary.

White describes his brewing style in two words—“mad scientist.” In addition to building his own machinery (including a kegerator for on-site parties and special events), he also builds beers that defy traditional styles and, instead, suit his personal tastes. Four will be on-hand when Hillcrest Brewing Company opens. The optimistic projected debut is May 15, but even if that doesn't come to pass, ownership expects to open no later than Memorial Day weekend.

None

The venue will be equipped with 24 taps to serve White’s beers as well as offerings from other craft breweries. On the food front, expect beer’s most popular edible companion—pizza. Theirs will be cooked up in double stone brick ovens.

Hillcrest Brewing Company will be located at 1458 University Avenue.

Here's something you might be interested in.
Submit a free classified
or view all

Previous article

A People’s Cuban Christmas Tale, Hirie and Tribal Theory, Snow N Glow Holiday Festival

Events December 2-December 4, 2021
Next Article

Sergei Eisenstein: purveyor in Russian formalism

October: Ten Days that Shook the World and Alexander Nevsky

It’s getting to the point where seeing a San Diego neighborhood without a brewery is an oddity akin to finding one without a taco shop. Such glaring voids are being filled at a rapid clip. One community that’s about to get an infusion of locally produced beer is Hillcrest. The partners behind Mo’s Universe—the hospitality group that includes Urban Mo’s Bar & Grill, Baja Betty’s and Gossip Grill—are constructing a brewpub called Hillcrest Brewing Company in a corner building in the small complex that houses Gossip Grill.

When I dropped by, the place was still under construction, but showed a great deal of potential, especially once I heard the owners' design plans. When complete, the space will feature a hexagon-shaped bar, open ceiling, cupula, and a 15-foot chandelier made using 70 22-ounce beer bottles. There will also be a 13-foot garage door leading to an L-shaped patio with steel communal tables and cushioned keg seats.

None

The brewhouse will be the domain of David White, a former animal trainer and homebrew enthusiast who prepared for his ascent to the professional stage by interning at Aztec Brewing Company in Vista. The seven-barrel system he’ll work off of is a “Frankenstein” setup he built himself that's capable of producing 14-barrel batches if necessary.

White describes his brewing style in two words—“mad scientist.” In addition to building his own machinery (including a kegerator for on-site parties and special events), he also builds beers that defy traditional styles and, instead, suit his personal tastes. Four will be on-hand when Hillcrest Brewing Company opens. The optimistic projected debut is May 15, but even if that doesn't come to pass, ownership expects to open no later than Memorial Day weekend.

None

The venue will be equipped with 24 taps to serve White’s beers as well as offerings from other craft breweries. On the food front, expect beer’s most popular edible companion—pizza. Theirs will be cooked up in double stone brick ovens.

Hillcrest Brewing Company will be located at 1458 University Avenue.

Sponsored
Here's something you might be interested in.
Submit a free classified
or view all
Comments
5

Is that the building that was, until recently, a Chinese restaurant?

April 25, 2012

Yes, however we took down the drop ceiling and was going to leave the joists exposed until we climbed over them with a flash light and found THOSE beams...everything was hidden and needed a good sand blasting. We then added the windows on top...the structure is amazing!

April 29, 2012

noice

we have a new Microbrew in El Cajon that's nice and has similar decor

April 29, 2012

Can't wait to sit at the bar and order a brew! Which 4 flavors will be on tap? I hope Smokey Treat is one of them, I LOVE that one!

April 30, 2012

Great write up. Can't wait to come visit! It looks beautiful. The chandelier sounds amazing!

April 30, 2012

Sign in to comment

Sign in

Ask a Hipster — Advice you didn't know you needed Big Screen — Movie commentary Blurt — Music's inside track Booze News — San Diego spirits Classical Music — Immortal beauty Classifieds — Free and easy Cover Stories — Front-page features Drinks All Around — Bartenders' drink recipes Excerpts — Literary and spiritual excerpts Feast! — Food & drink reviews Feature Stories — Local news & stories Fishing Report — What’s getting hooked from ship and shore From the Archives — Spotlight on the past Golden Dreams — Talk of the town Letters — Our inbox [email protected] — Local movie buffs share favorites Movie Reviews — Our critics' picks and pans Musician Interviews — Up close with local artists Neighborhood News from Stringers — Hyperlocal news News Ticker — News & politics Obermeyer — San Diego politics illustrated Outdoors — Weekly changes in flora and fauna Overheard in San Diego — Eavesdropping illustrated Poetry — The old and the new Reader Travel — Travel section built by travelers Reading — The hunt for intellectuals Roam-O-Rama — SoCal's best hiking/biking trails San Diego Beer — Inside San Diego suds SD on the QT — Almost factual news Sheep and Goats — Places of worship Special Issues — The best of Street Style — San Diego streets have style Surf Diego — Real stories from those braving the waves Tin Fork — Silver spoon alternative Under the Radar — Matt Potter's undercover work Unforgettable — Long-ago San Diego Unreal Estate — San Diego's priciest pads Your Week — Daily event picks
4S Ranch Allied Gardens Alpine Baja Balboa Park Bankers Hill Barrio Logan Bay Ho Bay Park Black Mountain Ranch Blossom Valley Bonita Bonsall Borrego Springs Boulevard Campo Cardiff-by-the-Sea Carlsbad Carmel Mountain Carmel Valley Chollas View Chula Vista City College City Heights Clairemont College Area Coronado CSU San Marcos Cuyamaca College Del Cerro Del Mar Descanso Downtown San Diego Eastlake East Village El Cajon Emerald Hills Encanto Encinitas Escondido Fallbrook Fletcher Hills Golden Hill Grant Hill Grantville Grossmont College Guatay Harbor Island Hillcrest Imperial Beach Imperial Valley Jacumba Jamacha-Lomita Jamul Julian Kearny Mesa Kensington La Jolla Lakeside La Mesa Lemon Grove Leucadia Liberty Station Lincoln Acres Lincoln Park Linda Vista Little Italy Logan Heights Mesa College Midway District MiraCosta College Miramar Miramar College Mira Mesa Mission Beach Mission Hills Mission Valley Mountain View Mount Hope Mount Laguna National City Nestor Normal Heights North Park Oak Park Ocean Beach Oceanside Old Town Otay Mesa Pacific Beach Pala Palomar College Palomar Mountain Paradise Hills Pauma Valley Pine Valley Point Loma Point Loma Nazarene Potrero Poway Rainbow Ramona Rancho Bernardo Rancho Penasquitos Rancho San Diego Rancho Santa Fe Rolando San Carlos San Marcos San Onofre Santa Ysabel Santee San Ysidro Scripps Ranch SDSU Serra Mesa Shelltown Shelter Island Sherman Heights Skyline Solana Beach Sorrento Valley Southcrest South Park Southwestern College Spring Valley Stockton Talmadge Temecula Tierrasanta Tijuana UCSD University City University Heights USD Valencia Park Valley Center Vista Warner Springs
Close