Nice cans…and bottles

Four local breweries start packaging their beers

Belching Beaver Brewery's new bottled beers spotted at Bottlecraft in Little Italy
  • Belching Beaver Brewery's new bottled beers spotted at Bottlecraft in Little Italy

In this age of nanos and neighborhood-geared breweries, many brewing companies’ beers will only ever be available at their tasting rooms or, at best, on draft. In the case of the latter, most of those accounts will be spots not too far from the breweries where the beers were birthed. Right now, only about a third of San Diego’s brewing companies bottle or can their beers, but that number is on a rapid rise. In the past two months, four companies have moved into the packaging phase of their operations.

Helm’s Brewing Company

5640 Kearny Mesa Road, Suite C/N , Kearny Mesa

Belching Beaver Brewery

980 Park Center Drive, Suite A, Vista

The first to get its beers in portable containers was Helm’s Brewing Company. Three of that Kearny Mesa-based business’ beers— Captain’s Pale Ale, Wicked As Sin Rye IPA, and Hop the RIPA (red India pale ale) — are being self-distributed in 22-ounce bottles. Twenty-two ounce water mammal-adorned bottles from Vista’s Belching Beaver Brewery are also trickling their way into the market. Available brews include Me So Honey honey ale, Hop Highway 78 India Pale Ale and Dammed! Double IPA.

Twisted Manzanita Brewing Company

10151 Prospect Avenue, Santee

(Has gone out of business since this article was published.)

BNS Brewing & Distilling

10960 Wheatlands Avenue #101, Santee

Several weeks ago, Mobile West Canning, a mobile canning operation, dropped by Manzanita Brewing Company to package all of the Santee company’s core beers in 12-ounce aluminum cans. The first beer to be packaged was Chaotic Double IPA, with Riverwalk Blonde and New Horizon Red Ale following shortly after. Depending on beer style, the canned brews are available in four- or six-packs at Manzanita’s tasting room. Just a mile north, Santee newcomer BNS Brewing & Distilling Company is moving forward with plans to bottle its beer. Expect to see its Ma Deuce Double IPA sometime in March.

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Belching Beaver's Beaver's Milk Milk Stout and their Peanut Butter Milk Stout have shown up in bottles. I know that it isn't everybody's favorite style (probably way too mild for those that have gotten attenuated to the hops), but I think both of these are quite good.

I agree with you. Those are two good beers that should make people wonder why there aren't more milk stouts being produced in San Diego County.

The three other members of the Beaver colony in the picture above are also quite tasty.

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