Three years after launching in Miramar, Pure Project Brewing is expanding and bringing the uptown neighborhood of Bankers Hill its first dedicated beer tasting room; a primarily residential area, Bankers Hill has seen an influx of new dining options with the recent openings of Il Dandy and Extraordinary Desserts.
Taking 2,000-square-feet at the base of The Park, a modern mixed-use building on Fifth Avenue, the tasting room is due this summer and will feature a large wrap-around patio at the corner of Fifth and Palm Street. Mat Robar, co-founded the brewery with Jesse Pine, says this location is part of a pragmatic growth plan for the brewery that includes another proposed tasting room on State Street in Carlsbad; that site is still under review, but could include a small brewing space.
Working with local firm Tec/scape Design (Stella Jean’s Ice Cream, SuperNatural Sandwiches Little Italy) to bridge together the brewery’s eco-focused, rustic ethos with the sleek, contemporary style of the Bankers Hill space, Pure Project will features two sets of 20 beer taps and a bar fashioned from quartz and wood sourced from a fallen Torrey Pine. Two columns, wrapped in wood, will create abstract tree forms; fabricated by Fox & Flora, its “branches” made of dozens of hanging plants will stretch throughout the room.
Pure Project’s head brewer Winslow Sawyer, who is gearing up to release this year’s Log Cabin, his Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout, at a breakfast beer fest scheduled for June 1, has ramped up production and expanded his barrel-aging program to accommodate for the Bankers Hill expansion. Robar tells Eater that they will also plan to allow food to be brought in from nearby restaurants.