When Paul Sangster launched Rip Current Brewing, he says his business plan was never to be a production brewery, but rather, use their brewing operations in San Marcos as a base from which to launch satellite tasting rooms.
When he found an available building on the corner of 30th Street and Polk Avenue in North Park, it was the right location but its footprint was a little too large for just a tap room. Sangster says he first considered expanding with a cider or mead-making facility (we're still hoping that happens), but ultimately decided to approach James Limjoco, who founded San Marcos' Sublime Ale House and Sublime Tavern in Del Mar, with an idea for a collaboration that would also allow Rip Current to serve guest beers.
Now, the two are currently building out the 4,000-square-foot space with the aim of opening in late November or December. In the front, roll-up doors will open onto the brewery's tasting room, with a 35 foot bar and 20 beer taps off a direct draw system. At least 15 taps will be dedicated to house beers, which they'll offer as growler fills; Sangster says that they have the capacity to up the number of taps to 40, allowing them to brew specialty beers just for their two tasting rooms and feature unusual, hard-to-get kegs from brewery friends. There will also be a beer can wall here, similar to their San Marcos tap room.
In the back of the space, Limjoco's eatery will feature an edited menu of Sublime's beer-friendly food, "well made but not expensive" dishes that range from pizza and burgers to seasonal salads and small plates. Limjoco says he's excited about bringing his brand to the North Park neighborhood, which he calls "the biggest foodie community" in San Diego.