Having revamped the old LJ Brew House, the brand spanking new La Jolla Brewing Company has taken helm with an entirely new concept for the prime location on Fay Avenue. The restaurant has been reimagined from the ground up, and managing partner Leigh Gibson (of Dirty Birds and soon-to-open Pillbox Tavern in Solana) has developed an upscale pub menu that appeals to all tastes. Complemented by an experienced brewer, a devout connection to San Diego's burgeoning craft beer scene, and a full bar, expect LJBC to become a longtime destination establishment and a favorite neighborhood watering hole among locals.
We watched as brewmaster Brett Stampf demonstrated what he learned in his 20 years of brewing experience at such breweries as Dogfish Head, Green Flash and Stone. He was hard at work filling and monitoring the centralized barrels, and although he didn't notice the packed house, they sure noticed him as he did what he does best. Witnessing the brewing of beer smack in the middle of the restaurant definitely adds to the excitement and appeal of the La Jolla Brewing Company.
LJBC aims to be the premier craft beer destination in La Jolla. In addition to 5 house-crafted brews and frequent seasonals, it also features 24 rotating taps of mostly local San Diego County craft beers. We began by sampling a flight of the house beers, which currently includes a pale ale, IPA, pub ale, dry stout and brown ale. We love our IPA's and enjoyed LJBC's Sunny Jim's IPA, but our favorite was the Bird Rock Brown Ale, a very well-balanced brew. In addition to the plentiful beer selection, LJBC also offers craft cocktails, a lengthy wine list and soon - beer cocktails!
LA JOLLA BREWING COMPANY
7536 Fay Ave., La Jolla
Fri & Sat 11am-2am
Happy Hour - Mon-Fri 3-6pm and all day Wednesday