A new biergarten from North Park’s Eppig Brewing raises it sails this Friday, February 9. It’s the first satellite tasting room from the 14-month-old brewery, which could not have picked a more scenic spot. Located in a former boatyard in a private marina along Point Loma’s America’s Cup Harbor, virtually every seat has panoramic views of the harbor and Downtown San Diego. Most of the seating is located on a wrap-around 2,000-square-foot patio, which will have both shading and heat by the brewery’s grand opening celebration in early March.
Their newest beers, Buoyancy Control IPA and Tootie Frootie Sour Ale with blueberry and black currant, as well as a number of award-winning brews stock the tasting room’s 20 taps while the recipe for Civility, the San Diego Summer Ale that was principal brewer Nathan Stephens’s very first Eppig beer, is written across one wall.
Initially operating from noon to 8 p.m. daily, the family-friendly tasting room serves a menu prepared by a local chef that includes snacks, sandwiches and wraps as well as cheese and chocolate truffle samplers designed to pair with beer. Customers are also welcome to bring in their own food; Point Loma Seafood and Mitch’s Seafood are conveniently situated nearby. A public parking lot, located in front of the Brigantine Restaurant, is just a short stroll away, and the brewery is planning on on installing a bike rack for cyclists.
With the opening of the new tasting room, co-founder Stephanie Eppig says the brewery is close to maxing out capacity at its North Park facility, which can produce 1,500 barrels a year. Eppig says they’re actively looking for a larger production space in a more industrial area.