Behind the bar the 10 bbl copper Bohemia Brewing Systems brewhouse and accompanying tall stainless steel fermenters are clearly visible. The Hungarian system supports one to two brews per week, allowing the four standards to be ready two weeks after inception. Draught accounts around San Diego are supplied from a kegging operation at Mission Brewing. Great Western malts emerge from the mill room to be joined in the hydrator by chlorine-filtered city water. A steam boiler provide the heat while glycol jackets keep the fermenters cool. Spent grains caused a potential problem until a newspaper ad brought offers from regional pig farmers to haul away the high-fiber refuse on demand.
Most popular is the Golden with its clear light straw color but the light hop aroma and flavor is offset by a distracting aroma. The Red is a clear dark amber with a light hop aroma, medium body, light dry malty flavor, and clean aftertaste. On the hazier side is the golden IPA, the medium body is matched to a sharp hoppy flavor. The unfiltered Rye is a surprisingly clear amber color with a hoppy/tangy flavor, nice mouthfeel, and short, dry finish.
The food menu starts with Appetizers, Salads & Soups, Pastas, and wood-fired Pizza. CBC Favorites include Ahi, Calimari Sandwich, Ribs, and the Stout Burger. Also on hand are N/As, domestic beers, ciders, and wine coolers. Everyday prices range from $2.50 for 12 oz, $3 for 16 oz, 44.50 for 22 oz, and 60 oz for $9. Monday through Friday you'll find happy hour from 2 to 6 pm with $2 pints and $1 off appetizers and pitchers. Half gallon growlers are available for $9.95 initially and $6.96 for refills.
California law is interpreted to allow smoking only where food service is "incidental". A humidor on hand offers cigars from $4, $6, $8, and $10. Hours are M - F 11 am - 1 am, S & Su 9 am - 1 am. The weekend brunch lasts from 9 am to 2pm.
Coronado Brewing Co.
170 Orange Avenue
San Diego, CA.
Reviewed by Tom Ciccateri - January, 1997