Sheila Pell 11 a.m., Oct. 22
Intergalactic Brewing Company
A pair of out-there brewers will be looking to “pilot” their way through the San Diego craft beer nebula when their Intergalactic Brewing Company debuts next year. Born just five days apart, 25-year-olds Alex Van Horne and Anthony Fusco enjoy variety and creating brews both traditional and experimental, and plan to make both from the inner sanctum of their forthcoming nanobrewery.
While they have a preliminary list of fairly tame and logical core beers established—AstroKilt Scottish Ale, Space Oasis Coconut Porter, Andromeda IPA, Subspace Session Ale, and Orion’s Oatmeal Stout—they’ve also built up a long list of seasonal and specialty beers that they intend to rotate through their draught system on a consistent basis. Those beers range from familiar styles including black IPA, imperial stout, witbier, dubbel, and lagers to brews incorporating and deriving the bulk of their flavor from edible ingredients. The latter category so far consists of a coffee porter, sweet potato ale, Belgian honey spice ale, and chili Kolsch…though don’t count out the introduction of a jalapeño pumpkin blonde ale hopped with Simcoe.
It’s very important to Van Horne and Fusco to keep their selection varied, not only to give their customers a plethora of brews and a reason to return often, but to have the chance to analyze their patrons’ tastes to determine which beers to stick with moving forward. While they have chosen the nanobrewery model because it will allow them to brew their way, they do intend to grow up eventually and feel this in-house market research will be key to their ability to effectively do so.
In order to provide themselves the opportunity to switch their selection up as often as they like — they aim to have new specialty beers available on a weekly or biweekly basis — they intend to brew using a half-barrel system (read: tiny!), and produce one-and-a-half-to-two barrels per brew session. Van Horne knows the immense number of hours and elbow grease this will take, and rightfully doesn’t expect to have a life for quite some time.
Livelihood over life is a decision many business owners make. Will this one pan out? The answer’s in the stars. But the sky’s the limit. OK. Enough space puns. This brewery will be located here on Earth after all, most likely in Poway where they're currently looking (funnily enough, near the closest thing San Diego County already has to a sci-fi-themed brewing company — Lightning Brewery), or some other North County inland community. If all goes to plan, Intergalactic will launch the first quarter of 2013.