Kensington Brewing Company To Open Tasting Room Within Former Kensington Video Space

April 28, 2017

Kensington Brewing Company is finally coming back to the neighborhood where it all started! Since its inception nearly 5 years ago, the small local brewery has spent the majority of its tenure in San Diego's Grantville area, but soon they will relocate operations to the space that formerly housed Kensington Video at 4067 Adam's Avenue.

Lead brewer and co-founder Zack Knipe started Kensington Brewing Company in his garage in Kensington in late 2012. In 2013, Knipe joined forces with close friend and fellow USD alum Andy Rogers and began brewing in a Grantville warehouse that was shared with local coffee roaster The Westbean. Although the duo searched for a location on Adams Avenue in Kensington, they came up short and by 2015, the brewery moved into its own space within the Grantville/Mission Gorge retail complex at 5839 Mission Gorge Road with a tasting room and 3 barrel system that produced beers like an old-world, English-style India Pale Ale and a fruit-forward Apricot Wheat Ale.

After 5 years growing the business, Kensington Brewing is finally coming home. Securing the space that last housed Kensington Video for more than 30 decades, the brewery will transform the location to add a neighborhood-driven tasting room, anticipated to unveil as early as this summer. Although the company will continue to keep the marjority of its brewing operations at the Grantville facility, the tasting room at that location will temporarily close. The new Kensington tasting room will have a 1 barrel pilot brewing system with a tasting room and retail component. Although the space will not serve food, they hope to partner with local restaurants and host area food trucks.

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