Burning Beard Brewing

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 BrownBrewer 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 HernándezLast 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 AndersonThe 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 WiederkehrCo-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 MaassCo-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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Up, up, and away

Mike MaassCo-Founder Bags packed—check.Mail on hold—check.Chicken, tortoises, and freedom garden managed—check.Flight check-in—check.It’s our first trip out of San Diego since taking the leap into brewery startup land. My dad, whose punctuality is unfailing and oftentimes one step ahead of itself even, arrives in expected 15-minutes-early fashion, smiling and ready to take on the day. My wife and daughter, beautiful as always, are especially vibrant...

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Meet Burning Beard Brewing

Meet Burning Beard Brewing West Coaster, Aug 6, 2015 By Brandon HernandezA name that’s stood out on my list of work-in-progress breweries for some time is Promethean Brewing. It was interesting that the business was slated to touch down in El Cajon, but what really grabbed my attention was the name. Referencing a titan from Greek mythology, I thought it sounded cool. Turns out, when that business...

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The Circus

Jeff WiederkehrCo-Founder When I was young and wild(er) and my parents would find me with painted Gene Simmons face, doing mattress gymnastics while air-guitaring to God of Thunder, my dad would joke about finding me as a young boy working in a circus. He would tell me that he saved me from a life of high-wire acts, juggling, and bearded ladies. Little did he know, years...

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Storytelling at the Beard

Mike MaassCo-Founder All of us have a story to tell. You. Me. Your crazy aunt or uncle. At Burning Beard, we think that’s where the interesting stuff is. It’s in the story of our customers. It’s in the story of our great city. It’s in the story of our craft. We put storytelling at the heart of what we do here, and look to the storytellers...

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