Family Friendly Craft Beer Oasis My Yard Live To Unveil In San Diego's North County During The Week Of July 1

June 19, 2019

Clocking in at more than 17,000 square feet and housing a brewery, restaurant, beer garden, arcade and playground, My Yard Live is set to officially debut as early as the week of July 1 in San Diego's North County neighborhood of San Marcos.

Located in the space that last housed Hometown Buffet in San Marcos is My Yard Live, a 17,507 square-foot dining, drinking and entertainment destination founded by a team of experienced industry veterans. On the music side, partners Jamie Minotti and Mark McLary owned and operated the country's largest solar-powered stage company, Alternative Power Productions, which worked with innumerable companies and touring groups and even hosted a yoga & music festival in San Diego back in 2014. My Yard Live partner, George McKerrow, is the culinary professional - boasting four decades of experience in the hospitality industry, namely as the founder of Longhorn Steakhouse, as well as a co-founder and CEO of media conglomerate Ted Turner's Ted's Montana Grill chain of almost 50 restaurants. Rounding out the brewing side of the team is Freddy Bensch, who co-founded Atlanta-based SweetWater Brewing more than 20 years ago.

Assisting Freddy Bensch with the brewing side of the project is experienced local brewmaster, Benjamin "Shaggy Blaney, who last worked as director of brewing operations for Mason Ale Works, Blaney aims to brew as much as 2,000 barrels a year from My Yard Live's onsite brewery. He hopes to make arrangements with local farmers to obtain seasonal fruits, herbs and veggies to add to certain beer recipes and will also make barrel-aged varieties.

My Yard Live will boast 10,000 square-feet of indoor space featuring a 20-barrel brewhouse, an indoor music stage, a fast-casual counter-service restaurant, a 25-seat private dining room, a full service bar and an arcade with video games, ping pong, air hockey and more. There will also be  7,000 square feet of outdoor patios, one which will offer a custom built playground with a tree house and climbing features for children and another with lawn games and firepits aimed for adults. Total capacity for the space will be up to 500 patrons.

My Yard Live is located at 288 Rancheros Drive in San Marcos and aims to open at some point during the week of July 1, although there is a soft opening scheduled for June 28. Ownership hopes to be fully ready for business on 4th of July. For more information, visit and check out the menu and photos below.