This is the company’s first brewery restaurant to open in more than ten years. Karl Strauss has spent the last decade focused on growing its brewing operations and expanding its beer distribution beyond San Diego, more than doubling in size from 20,000 barrels in 2002 to 50,000 barrels projected for 2012. “Now that we’ve increased our capacity and set the foundation for growth, it’s the right time to open another brewery restaurant,” says Matt Rattner, President and Co-Founder of Karl Strauss Brewing Company. “We look forward to sharing our beers with the 4S Ranch community and from the emails we’ve been getting, there are some thirsty folks out there!”
The new location brings to life the company’s refreshed brand and features a metro-loft, brewery vibe. From the outside, large glass windows peer into the brand new 7-barrel brew house, letting you know that you’re dining right next to the working brewery. Inside, a mix of metal, stone, concrete and reclaimed wood bring the brewery elements into the dining space. Large garage door roll-ups bring the outdoors in and overlook the large patio and outdoor fire-pit. The custom-built concrete bar is the heart of the space, with up to twelve beers on tap at all times, including a tap dedicated to beers brewed onsite.
“We’re excited to have an in-house brewer here to help keep up with demand and brew special test batches,” says Paul Segura, Brewmaster. In addition to the beers on tap, the restaurant will feature a wide variety of its award winning specialty beers in 22oz bombers as well as weekly Thursday cask nights. The menu will feature the company’s signature West Coast Pub Fare, with unique beer and food pairing specials rotating each month. “We want this to be a space where people can hang out with their friends, enjoy a great meal, and pair it with handcrafted beer,” says Segura.
Karl Strauss Brewing Company, 4S Ranch Facts:
- Opening date: July 31, 2012
- Address: 10448 Reserve Drive, San Diego, CA 92127
- Phone: 858-376-2739
- Jobs created: 100 positions, including hourly staff and management positions
- Brewery info: New 7-barrel JV Northwest system, 2-vessel brew house, 14-barrel fermenter and two 14-barrel bright tanks
- Target production: A new specialty beer every month
- Square footage: 8,243 SF including 6,463 SF (the bar, dining area, kitchen, and brewery) and 1780 SF for the patio
- Seating capacity: 253 total seats (149 seats interior & 104 patio seats)
- Architect: Walt Conwell
- Builder/contractor: Good and Roberts Builder
- Total investment: $1.5+ million
About Karl Strauss Brewing Company
Since 1989, Karl Strauss Brewing Company has pioneered the local beer scene in San Diego. 23 years later, the company continues to brew an innovative line-up of award-winning beers ranging from longtime favorites like Red Trolley Ale to new releases like Wreck Alley Imperial Stout. In 2011, the company brewed 40,000 barrels and ranked #44 on the list of the country’s top craft breweries. To keep up with double-digit sales growth, the company is adding capacity to its brewery, expanding distribution throughout California, opening a new brewery restaurant, and breaking ground on an extensive brewery renovation.