Burning Beard Brewing

Burning Beard keeps El Cajon on tap

Burning Beard keeps El Cajon on tap Can't you smell that smell? San Diego Reader, March 4, 2016 By Ian Anderson El Cajon's brewing scene came back to life on February 29, the soft-opening date for Burning Beard Brewing Company. Founded by a pair of homebrewing friends, Burning Beard debuted — as many new breweries do — with a short list of beers. However, a professionally finished tasting room...

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Sip & Savor in East County: Burning Beard Brewing Company By Keri Bridgwater, Mar 4, 2016 Mike Maass and business partner Jeff Wiederkehr recently opened their new El Cajon brewhouse, where the (surprisingly beardless) brewers are currently pouring six debut beers. On tap are two hoppy West Coast IPAs; a coffee stout and coffee stout on nitro; plus Russian Imperial Stout and Russian Imperial Stout on nitro. They...

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120 Breweries in San Diego

120 Breweries in San Diego By Ryan Lamb, Mar 1, 2016   Within the last two weeks, three brewing companies commenced pouring in San Diego County, bringing the active brewhouse count to 120. For some perspective, just 27 local breweries were in operation at the end of 2009. Burning Beard Brewing held their soft opening yesterday in El Cajon. With the cessation of nearby URBN St’s brewing operations, they...

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Juke Box!

Jeff Wiederkehr Co-founder   Dear Customer: I have become obsessed with our juke box. It has become a living entity for me and I speak of her in a manner that illuminates my psychosis. There are layers to this obsession and they run deep. I want her for myself, but also for the Beard, but most of all (showing the true depths of my depravity), I want her for you. Mike...

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Foeders and barrels, oh my!

Chris Brown Head of Brewing Operations   Oh day of days, Wood is something I’m familiar with; I spent most of my early days as a carpenter. It’s a versatile material, it’s strong, lightweight for its size, and has an unparalleled beauty. We feel drawn to the warm rich tones and swimming patterns contained in the wood grain. It was a natural (pun intended) decision to use wood as...

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Tough times for beer in El Cajon

Tough times for beer in El Cajon URBN St. closure leaves city beerless till the spring San Diego Reader, Feb 4, 2016 By Ian Anderson   For a moment there, the El Cajon was on the verge of having three breweries. But last week, incoming Knox Corners Brewing announced via Facebook it had ended its efforts to open in El Cajon, instead securing a property in nearby Lakeside. Then news...

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First Brew Day

Chris Brown Brewer   There was a chill in the air, this bright January morning. Like any winter morning should be, however unaccustomed we are to them in these temperate climes. I should’ve brought a hoodie, the inside of this steel building must be like a refrigerator… Never mind that now though, plenty of work to be done to warm one up. We set about to counting out bags...

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Q&A: Jeff Wiederkehr

Q&A: Jeff Wiederkehr West Coaster, Jan 12, 2016 By Brandon Hernández Last year, we introduced readers to Burning Beard Brewing Company, a start-up scheduled to spring up like fire from the follicles of El Cajon. Since then, a great deal of progress has been made. If all goes well, BBBC will open its doors before spring springs. This time around, we’re getting to know one of the business’...

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SD Reader: Roll Out The Barrels

Roll out the barrels Rapid pace of new brewery openings to continue in 2016 San Diego Reader, Dec 27, 2015 By Ian Anderson The year 2015 has seen more than 20 new breweries open in San Diego. While it seems unlikely they'll crop up at such an unprecedented rate in 2016, these 8 new breweries plan to open during the first half of the year, so we won't...

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The Plans

Jeff Wiederkehr Co-founder   Redraw number one. They were already late.  Not a big deal.  We included a month of buffer between when we thought permits would be granted and when we planned on starting construction.  So, completely redrawing the plans on the day that we were planning to submit them shouldn’t be that big a set-back, it feels like it is, but everyone tells me not to worry. Why...

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