San Diego's Six-Year-Old Wild Barrel Brewing Company Ceasing Operations

December 4, 2023

Another sign of the slow deterioration of San Diego's once-thriving craft beer industry, Wild Barrel Brewing Company will soon cease operations after six years in business. 

In late 2016 during an aggressive global expansion that included the launch of a brewery in Germany, Stone Brewing Company laid off approximate 5% of its workforce, with rumors being that the terminated included the brewery's longtime beverage supervisor, cicerone, and pairing expert "Dr." Bill Sysak. Well, Sysak turned lemons into lemonade by joining forces with entrepreneur Chris White and brewer Bill Sobieski who all focused their combined expertise on the launch of Wild Barrel Brewing Company in San Marcos in 2017.

On September 30, 2017, Wild Barrel Brewing opened to the general public in the North San Diego county city of San Marcos, housing a 15 barrel brewhouse that produced a variety of styles of craft beer. In late 2019, Wild Barrel opened its first satellite tasting room in Temecula, CA. 
After almost two years of financial decline, Wild Barrel Brewing has made the difficult decision to close its doors after end of business on Sunday, December 10. Wild Barrel Brewing's impending closure is the latest in a string of San Diego craft breweries to go belly up in the past year. 

Most recently, Second Chance Beer Company shuttered after eight years in business. Other area breweries that have closed in the past year include 16 year-old Bay Bridge Brewing in Chula Vista, Escondido's decade-old Plan 9 Alehouse, 13 Point Brewing in Lemon Grove, Bitter Brothers in Bay Ho, and Barrio Logan's Attitude Brewing, to name a few. 

Wild Barrel Brewing will continue operating its brewery and tasting rooms at normal hours leading up to Sunday's closure. For more information, visit