The new owners of the now-shuttered La Jolla Brew House, which had a tumultuous few years of brewer shuffles and poor reviews, are starting from scratch; they've gutted the Fay Avenue space and tapped Studio MY ID to transform it into a modern brewpub that they hope will become a favorite neighborhood hangout and produce beer that'll complement the local brewing landscape.
Their new La Jolla Brewing Company will make its debut in August.
Changes include a reconfigured front patio with a retractable roof, an island bar with a fire element and a remodeled area for beer tastings and classes. Leigh Gibson, who also owns Dirty Birds in Pacific Beach, will be the restaurant operator here; he tells Eater that their comfort food menu will feature beer-friendly wraps, pizza and kebabs. They'll be open from 11 a.m. to midnight on weekdays and until 2 a.m. on weekends.
In charge of their 10-barrel system is Brett Stampf, an experienced pro brewer (Stone, Dogfish Head) who worked for Green Flash Brewing Company from 2008 to 2011. Stampf had been in talks to develop the program for the in-process OB Brewery, but he'll now focus on crafting the core beer lineup for La Jolla Brewing Company, which will include a pale ale, IPA, brown ale and a stout.