The new ChuckAlek Biergarten, shaded by umbrellas during the day and sparkling with strings of lights in the evening, unveils itself to the public this Thursday and will be open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday; all of its 80 seats are outdoors, sharing space with a kids play area, an urban garden and workshop space for the non-profit organization Art Produce.
A small enclosed bar holds 22 taps, plus a custom mural of ChuckAlek Independent Brewers' namesakes Chuck and Alek, the founders' grandfathers. 10 to 12 of the their beers, produced in Ramona, will be featured on draft, nitro and cask, along with housemade root beer, lemon-ginger soda and Modern Times Beer's cold brew; a hopped soda is also in the pipeline. Though head brewer and co-founder Grant Fraley mainly specializes in old school beer styles, he branched out with a new Garden Variety Pale Ale made just for the biergarten. Future speciality beers may include a collaboration with a UCSD scientist on a "gut-friendly" sour and a beer infused with elements harvested from the garden, which grows everything from kumquats to herbs.
North Park neighbor Tostadas is delivering food to the biergarten, from a menu that ranges from their signature seafood and meat-topped tostadas to special tacos that swap jicama for tortillas, plus a new cheese and meat board and kid-friendly items.
Co-founder Marta Jankowska says that the brewery intends for the tasting room to be an evolving partnership with Art Produce and Tostadas; their first collaborative event is scheduled for Mother's Day, with Tostadas offering a brunch menu and Art Produce teaching a floral class.