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By Bruce Glassman

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Plan 9 Alehouse

Map155 E Grand Ave
Escondido, CA 92025
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Plan 9 is a bit of a work in progress. It has a lot going for it, including a lovely location on Grand Avenue (one of Escondido’s downtown blocks with some actual charm) and a comfortable, nicely done interior. Though it wants to be both a brewery and a brewpub, its small scale and very limited output has forced it to be more brewpub than brewery.

Ample seating of various kinds is available, with an additional seating area in back. A full menu includes simple, well-done bar food, and the space is well-suited to families with kids (they even make their own root beer and have a designated play area with plenty of toys).

Owner and Brewer Aaron Calles has been struggling to keep up with demand on his 1 ½ barrel pilot system. Because he can only do small batches, he rarely does the same beer twice, and it rarely lasts more than a few days. For that reason, there are usually no more than one or two Plan 9 beers on tap on any given day (though they always have an ample selection of excellent guests beers from all over). So, that’s why we only have tasting notes for two beers included here, though Aaron described his Rye Brett Saison and his Imperial Hoppy Brown, which sounded intriguing…

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Additional Information:

Neighborhood: Escondido
Dog Friendly: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
Food: On Site
Seating: Good
Brewery Size: Small
Brewery Environment : Brew Pub/Restaurant
Patio: Yes
Brewery Tours: No
TVs: Yes
Merch for Sale: Yes
Beer to Go: Yes

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San Diego is all about great beer—and there’s an awful lot of it! We currently have more than 150 working brewery locations in our county, with an estimated 30-40 more in the planning stages. That’s a lot of breweries to sort through. So where to begin? Well, the answer is right here. If you want to plan any kind of brewery experience, The San Diego Brewery Guide is your most essential tool. Not only does it list the location and key information about every working brew house that’s open to the public, it also allows you to search for breweries that meet your specific criteria. Do you only want breweries in a specific neighborhood? No problem. Only want places that have patios for dogs? You got it. Do you want to keep your search limited to small or medium-sized breweries? Yup, we got that.

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- Bruce Glassman

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