San Diego's Resident Brewing To Take Over Former Iron Fist Brewing Facility For New Vista Headquarters

October 7, 2020

After 5 years in downtown San Diego, Resident Brewing Company hopes to soon begin relocating its headquarters to North County, as the company is in the process of taking over the former Iron Fist Brewing facility in Vista. 

In 2015, local hospitality industry investors James Langley and his long time business partner Scott Dickson joined with Langley's brother-in-law, avid home brewer Robert Masterson, to launch Resident Brewing Company in downtown San Diego. Masterson had actually began brewing when Langley gifted him a home brew kit in 2009, and then he went on to win Stone Brewing Co.'s 2013 Homebrew Competition & AHA Rally for his coconut IPA. Being Langley had ownership interest in downtown's The Local bar and restaurant, his partner on The Local Mina Desiderio suggested installing Resident in the 1,700 square-foot adjoining space, using The Local as the brewery's tasting room. 

Resident Brewing Company has finally outgrown the downtown space and is in negotiations to purchase the much larger 13,850 square-foot Vista facility that last housed Iron Fist Brewing for nearly a decade until the company folded this past March. If all goes as planned and the purchase closes in the coming weeks, Resident Brewing Company will continue to brew its lineup of craft beer in downtown San Diego while the 15-barrel Vista site is in development. Once Vista is up and running, Resident will be able to greatly expand its brewing output and increase canning for retail sales. The new facility will also house a new Resident tasting room with an outdoor patio. 

Resident Brewing aims to close on the purchase of the facility at 1305 Hot Springs Way in Vista as early as next week. For more information, visit