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See Inside Pizza Port's Newest Carlsbad Brewpub

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[Photos: Lyudmila Zotova]

Last May, Pizza Port officially broke ground on their largest endeavor to date, an impressive 37,000-square-foot production brewery in Carlsbad that also houses their latest brewpub. Eater took a pre-opening tour and we're giving you a sneak peek at the space, which soft launches tonight at 5 p.m.

This Bressi Ranch location includes a large bi-level restaurant with a 20-tap bar on each floor and a seating capacity of over 250 that spans two picnic table-filled dining rooms and an outdoor patio. Last month, Animal Planet show came by to install a fish tank fashioned from a fermenter.

The food menu's the same as their other four brewpubs, but this facility will function as a kitchen hub, producing the pizza dough, sauce, etc. for the entire company ; co-founder Gina Marsaglia even has a dedicated ice cream-making room. After tonight's launch, regular operating hours will 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Though the restaurant's officially open, the brewery side won't be up and running until July; this facility will eventually produce their core beers for distribution, freeing up individual brewpubs and their brewers to focus on smaller batch releases. A new canning line should be functional by the end of summer (among the beer likely to be canned: Pizza Port's Chronic Amber Ale and Swami's IPA) and a ten year forecast could put the brewery's annual production at around 35,000 barrels.

Despite all this good beer news, the launch isn't without a loss. Head of operations and decorated brewer Yiga Miyashiro just left the company to join upstart Saint Archer Brewery and replace their departing head brewer; Miyashiro told Eater that he'll start working there on Monday.

Helping to oversee Bressi Ranch's beer output is Sean Farrell, who was previously a brewer at Pizza Port Solana Beach.
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