Though it’s been a tough stretch overall for San Diego’s beer industry, some breweries are managing to thrive during the pandemic including Pure Project, which got its start five years ago in a modest 1,625-square-foot space in Miramar. From its current seven-barrel brewing system, the company has managed to launch a satellite outpost in Bankers Hill and opened another in Carlsbad last summer. Earlier this month, Pure Project announced a third location, a large tasting room/beer garden coming to North Park later this summer.
And now, the brewery is gearing up for its biggest leap yet, when it takes over Iron Fist Brewing’s former facility in Vista, which shuttered last March after a 10-year run.
The 13,850-square-foot space will become Pure Project’s new hub for production, where a 15-barrel brewhouse will allow the brewery to increase its output by 10,000 barrels per year.
In the immediate future, the brewery hopes to be able to sell beer to-go from the Vista hub by March. The next phase will be reopening a tasting room on site and eventually adding a grain silo and expanding its barrel-aged beer program.
The brewery says it intends to retain its presence in Miramar, where the original brewing system will shift to focus on smaller-batch and R&D beers.