Since opening their main production facility two years ago in San Marcos, Rip Current Brewing has been "very anxious to have a place in North Park," co-founder Paul Sangster tells Eater, calling the neighborhood "the hub of craft beer consumption for San Diego."
Sangster sent us a photo of their new tasting room at the corner of 30th and Polk, which has a wall lined with vintage beer cans. Rip Current's 4,000-square-foot space is shared with another outpost of Sublime Ale House, whose beer-friendly food ranges from pizza and burgers to seasonal salads and small plates. The kitchen isn't online just yet, but the eatery will gradually introduce dishes over the next couple weeks as they build up to offering their full menu.
But the brewery's tasting room had a "secret soft opening" this past Saturday, and is now open seven days a week, although official hours won't be set until a more formal opening in a few weeks. For now, roll through around 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Expect 19 beers on tap with a few guest beers; Rip Current's much-admired house brews are comprised of a solid mix of beer styles that hail from Scotland, England, Germany, New Zealand and the US. "Our goal is diversity to meet the demanding palates of North Park and San Diego in general," says Sangster.