This first of undoubtedly many local breweries to open in 2016 made its debut this past weekend. Bitter Brothers Brewing Company, which has been in the works since mid-2014, finally unveiled its Morena Boulevard tasting room and production facility in a 3,200-square-foot space that includes a 25-foot bar stocked with 14 taps.
The real-life brothers behind the Bay Ho brewery are craft beer fans Bill and Kurt Warnke, who are joined by co-founder Monica Andresen. Their 700-square-foot tasting room, which is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays, has a view into the brewery, where the 15-barrel brew house is being run by brewer John Hunter (Karl Strauss, White Labs, 32 North) and Bruce McSurdy. Among the brewing team's eight launch beers are three IPA variations, from a Northwest IPA dubbed Sibling Rivalry IPA to the sessionable Little Brother IPA, and their Mommy's Little Helper Berliner Weisse, available in pomegranate and ginger versions. There's also an ESB called Bill's Best Bitter and Black Sheep Porter, a coffee porter made with beans from neighborhood roaster Caffe Arcidiacono.