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Beer Touring: Burning Beard Brewing Company

Beer Touring: Burning Beard Brewing Company West Coaster, April 26, 2016 By Brandon Hernández Standing across the street from Burning Beard Brewing Company (785 Vernon Way, El Cajon), I could hear two things crystal-clear—the low drone of punk-rock music and a bartender enthusiastically explaining one of the beers. I was familiar with and happy to encounter both. After crossing Vernon Way, I headed straight for the bar and...

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Wow, that was incredible! (VIDEO)

Thanks to everyone who came out for the Grand Opening of the Beard. We can say without hesitation that the whole experience FAR surpassed our expectations. So many smiling faces. So many nice and humbling comments. So many beers poured and enjoyed. There were Beard regulars and Beard first-timers. Locals and out-of-owners. Casual connoisseurs and industry insiders. Fellow brewers brought with them not only the...

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It’s Gonna Be Grand!

Friday & Saturday, April 1-2, 2016 12-10 PM Come join us for the Grand Opening of Burning Beard Brewing Co. While our soft opening has been very awesome—thanks to everyone who’s come out to see and support us—it’s time to ice the cake and make everything official. To coax even the most northerly and westerly of San Diego beer drinkers to the sunny climes of El Cajon to...

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Our first beer fest!

Mike Maass Co-founder   It’s 5:00 AM on a Saturday. Why on earth did I agree to this? I struggle out of bed, grab a cup of coffee, and load up my truck with banners, stickers, flyers, bungee cords, and zip ties. Load-in time for the East County Craft Beer Invitational is 6:00 AM, and I want to be sure to snag some good fence real estate for our...

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Week 1 Under Our Belt!

Mike Maass Co-founder   This time last week we were biting our nails, hoping we’d pass final inspection, receive our Certificate of Occupancy, and finally open the Beard. Well, as you now know, everything came together and we were able to open our doors at 3:00 PM on Leap Day, 2016. The week that followed was a whirlwind of friends, family, new and returning customers, and a whole lotta’...

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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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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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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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Building Our Brand

Mike Maass Co-Founder   San Diego is beer country. Good recipes and flawless execution are table stakes in America’s Finest City. Besides having a lineup of delicious beers, nice tasting room, and great customer service, we also know that having a strong and recognizable brand is paramount to carving out a place for ourselves in the SD craft beer marketplace. To articulate our identity—who we are from a...

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