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By Bruce Glassman

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Burning Beard Brewing Company

Map785 Vernon Way
El Cajon, CA 92020
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Description:

When Burning Beard opened its doors in February of 2016, it officially became El Cajon’s only brewery (URBN St. brewery closed only weeks before). The closing was unfortunate, but not for Burning Beard; El Cajon is a thirsty market, and one that needs a thriving brewery scene.

The large new facility, near the Santee border, that houses the Burning Beard operation is impressive in its size and its overall design. The light, airy tasting room is outfitted with solid, hand-crafted wood tables and stools, and is accented by numerous thoughtful and creative design touches (including a very cool Burning Beard-curated juke box).

Founders Mike Maass and Jeff Wiederkehr have elevated their homebrew recipes with help and collaboration from talented head brewer Chris Brown. The beers are all clean and well made, and all deliver on both the aroma and flavor fronts. The IPAs and the Belgian ale are notable for their nice mouthfeel, and the ESB is one of the best I’ve tasted in San Diego.

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Additional Information:

Neighborhood: El Cajon
Dog Friendly: Yes
Best Known For...: Belgians/Saisons
IPAs/Pale Ales
Pilsners/Blondes/Kölsch
Stouts/Porters
Kid Friendly: Yes
Food: Food Nearby
Seating: Very Good
Brewery Size: Small
Brewery Environment : Tasting Room
Patio: No
Brewery Tours: No
TVs: No
Merch for Sale: Yes
Beer to Go: Yes

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- Bruce Glassman

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