Edit ModuleShow Tags

The Sip: Hess Brewing


It’s surely been many a home brewers’ day dream, as another batch takes shape in the kitchen or garage—the chance to take a passion to the pro level and make a career from beer. Mike Hess was one such motivated dreamer and his Hess Brewing, founded last summer, has become a leading member of San Diego’s growing segment of nano-breweries, pint-sized operations whose production output is a relatively tiny drop in the craft-beer bucket. In May, they expanded their fermentation capacity by threefold and are in talks to log brewing time at a larger local brewery, with the intent to distribute the beer beyond their tasting room, which is currently the only place to sample or purchase it.

Hess Brewing, tucked in a Miramar-area office park, is currently brewing a core line-up of five beers (I like the roasty Ex Umbris, an Imperial Stout) and occasional seasonal styles. The brewery’s blog has become a popular resource for those hoping to make a similar leap from hobby brewing; in June, owner Mike Hess spoke as a panelist during a session on start-ups at the National Homebrewers Conference, held this year in San Diego, and entered a beer into the conference’s Pro-Am Competition in partnership with a well-respected local homebrewer, Kelsey McNair, who’s already bottled a winning recipe in collaboration with Ballast Point and Stone Brewing Co.

Hess still maintains his day job as a financial advisor while working with his team to grow the brewery; Hess Brewing has even begun to scout locations to open a bona-fide brewpub, keeping their search within the Miramar-Mira Mesa sector—alongside neighbors AleSmith Brewing Company and Green Flash Brewing Co.

Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

More »Related Stories

Puesto's Next Top Taco

Submit your best taco recipe for the chance to win a grand prize

San Diego Happy Half Hour Podcast: Episode 85

A new Italian spot opens in Hillcrest, our Best Restaurants poll is live, and the owner of former pop-up eatery Royale drops by

Sweet Spot: Taro Root Dessert at Village North

Taro combines with caramelized sugar at this Chinese eatery on Convoy
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Most Popular

  1. Vote Now for San Diego's Best Restaurants 2018
    From burritos to bottomless mimosas, you choose San Diego’s best eats and drinks in 90 categories
  2. 15 Coolest Jobs in San Diego and How to Get Them
    We asked 15 San Diego professionals with the coolest jobs in town how they landed their gigs—and how we could steal them
  3. First Look: Cloak & Petal
    The owners of Tajima bring Japanese small plates to Little Italy with Cloak & Petal
  4. 31 Best Places to Live in San Diego
    Five local homeowners share their advice, tips, and tricks on how they sealed the deal
  5. Green Rush: Inside San Diego's Emerging Cannabis Industry
    Marijuana's legal. How did it go from evil death drug to medical miracle and billion-dollar industry?
  6. First Look: Bivouac Ciderworks
    A new craft cidery opens in North Park, designed for the outdoors person in all of us
Edit ModuleShow Tags


Go Ahead... Ask McMillin!

At McMillin Realty, we are encouraging you to bring us your real estate questions. We will answer these questions….. for free.

Not Your Grandma's Orthotics

New year, new – shoe? Staying on your feet for long hours at a time just got a whole lot more comfortable with Wiivv’s BASE custom insoles
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit Module
Edit Module

Connect With Us:

Edit ModuleShow Tags


Enter a Drawing You Could Actually Win

There are more than 1,700 prizes in the Dream House Raffle

Buy a Raffle Ticket, Win This Rare Sports Car

Donate to a good cause to seriously upgrade your ride
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit Module Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags