Believe it or not, there was a time when the words “San Diego” and “craft beer” weren’t synonymous. In fact, there was a time when a request for an IPA at your local, SoCal watering hole would have been met with a wingblank stare rather than a plethora of options.
Into this malt-challenged landscape walked Ron and Rick Chapman, two brothers with a shared passion for exceptional beer, and the simple idea of bringing quality craft brew to their hometown on Coronado Island.
Far from ostentatious beginnings, Coronado Brewing Company began as a small, neighborhood brewpub. Once the beer began to flow, however, it was clear that their small-batch days were numbered. With bold, innovative, brews that satisfied both palate and thirst, offerings such as Islander IPA and Mermaid Red were integral to the birth of “West Coast” beer styles which have gone on to impact beer culture worldwide.
As with many world-class beers, good things take time to ferment. Now, nearly twenty years into their unyielding pursuit of exceptional brewing, Coronado Brewing Company has expanded to a 30 barrel brewhouse capable of producing 40,000 barrels a year. With more room to experiment, this means that Coronado will continue to embody the adventurous spirit that defines craft brewing. And, with more beer available to distribute, it means a chance for beer drinkers worldwide to get a little taste of the Coronado island life.