Mission Brewery Grand Opening

22 Jun

On Saturday June 18, Mission Brewery officially opened its doors at their grand opening party. They’ve been open to the public soft opening style for a few months now, but I had yet to make it to the new facility so grabbed a ticket and a few friends and made my way downtown. Housed in the old Wonder Bread building in East Village, Mission is in a great space very close to Petco Park. That means this location is a great asset for Padres fans looking to get a craft beer fix before a game (or to drown their sorrows after). Not to mention that the whole neighborhood is on the rise, it seems like every new restaurant and bar is “Coming to East Village!” For the most part I was really impressed with this event. $15 admission got you 10 taster tickets (another 10 could be purchased for $10), which applied to food and 4oz beer samples and a snazzy tasting glass. I found 10 to be just about perfect. Mission had three limited release small batch specialty ales that were being handed out in 1oz pours for “free” helping to stretch the 10 tickets. In the specialty ales, it was nice to see some darkness brought into the generally pale line up at Mission. They offered up a Russian Imperial Stout, a Porter, and a Saison. The RIS was really tasty, and the Saison was really complex. I think the Saison was my favorite of the day, I look forward to getting a bigger taste of that one in the future.

Lined up in the back of the brewery were food offerings from six local venues. I was most looking forward to Hamilton’s pulled pork sliders and the Charcuterie from Blind Lady Ale House. Sadly, the sliders were gone by the time I made my way back there, but the charcuterie was really tasty. It went well with the Mission Saison I had in my hand. My friend, Aaron, tried the Mac n Cheese with Pancetta from Café Chloe which was also soon out. In fact “we’re out of food” seemed to be the theme by about 4PM. A bummer since I was slow to make my way back there, but I would guess it’s difficult to know what to prepare for at a first event.

I will give credit though to the event having a “sold out” status a few days before Saturday. Initially the Mission Brewery website stated a presale price and an “at the door” price, but having a cap on the number of attendees kept the crowd at a comfortable level for the day. There was always room to stand and bar staff were able to get our glasses filled quickly. Right around 6:00 my little posse used our final tickets, and headed over to Hamilton’s for some wings to fill the void that not being able to have pulled pork sliders made in my soul. All in all, it was a really fun event on a gorgeous day in San Diego. I can say that Mission Brewery’s new location will end up being a regular stop for me when I’m out and about in the wilds of downtown. Check them out when you’re heading to the ballpark this summer, you won’t be disappointed.

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