Unless its affiliated with a brewpub, a brewery tasting room's food options usually range from a rotating roster of food trucks to packaged snacks. Today, the team behind the Gaslamp's Quad AleHouse is launching an in-house food program at Rough Draft Brewing Company that they hope to plug into other breweries in San Diego and beyond.
Developed as an amenity for breweries and occupying a slim 200-square-feet of the Mira Mesa brewery is a "cold kitchen" powered by a high speed commercial oven, with a menu designed by Quad AleHouse executive chef Brandon Brooks that ranges from build-your-own cheese and charcuterie boards to pretzels, panini and flatbreads.
Rough Draft, which first opened in 2012, will be offering the menu from 3 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, with a possible expansion into lunch service. Brooks says that the Quad team is in talks with more breweries, and plans to launch the kitchens in at least two more tastings rooms in the next year.