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Beer Available At Hess Brewing Company (arranged by most recent)
Hess Ex Umbris Rye Imperial Stout 97, Hess Amplus Acerba San Diego Pale Ale 86, Hess Solis Occasus (WestCoaster) IPA 84, Hess Grazias Vienna Cream Ale 82, Hess Claritas KŲlsch 70, Hess Valdius , Hess Intrepidus IPA , Hess Ficus Dark Belgian Ale , Hess Trinitas Belgian Pale Strong Ale , Hess Pallidus Belgian Ale , Hess Induresco Coffee and Cream Ale , Hess Anno Duo San Diego Farmhouse Saison Ale , Hess Festivus Dusseldorf Altbier , Hess Magna Cucerbita , Hess West Coaster Crystal WET HOP IPA , Hess Torulus Barrel Aged Rye Imperial Stout (Unblended) 88, Hess Anno Unum Belgian-Style Oaked India Pale Ale , Hess Brunus Induresco Coffee Porter , Hess Deceptio Cascadian Dark Ale 88, Hess Jucundus Orange Honey Wheat 72
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Schlenkerla (203) , Austria | January 1, 2013
82 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
I have been impressed that you can brew such a good beer with very rudimentary brew equipment. The beer is really good and the garage ambiente is great. This brewery has a great potential.
t0rin0 (184) La Verne, California | December 22, 2012
74 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
Visited twice now. Once about 18 months ago and once a couple weeks ago after picking up some BA Speedway at Alesmith.
The place is literally walking distance from AleSmith, about .7 miles. Leave the car somewhere and walk off those Speedway calories. Just make sure you have the address written down somewhere as itís in the back of the complex and not visible at all from the street. The tasting room has grown quite a bit since they opened. It used to be crammed into one small commercial warehouse but now is spread across two. Soon theyíll have a new 30 bbl brewhouse up and running in another area but will keep this one open as a tasting room and barrel storage.
The beers have greatly improved since they opened. Back then it was really just homebrew but now itís not bad. Give it a try. Theyíre starting to bottle some things too but the bottles are expensive.
Service is pretty good and itís a comfortable feel. They dont serve food and I didnt see a food truck either time I was there. No restaurants in walking distance.
Now called Mike Hess Brewing (update submitted) due to a confilct with a winery also called Hess.
womencantsail (390) Garbage Grove, California | December 10, 2012
78 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
Fairly small tasting room in an industrial park, not too far away from Alesmith. Just a few people working the bar. Very friendly staff and prices were okay as far as the beers go. They offer a $10 flight which includes a pint glass to keep.
badlizard (130) Berkeley , California | December 8, 2012
80 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 17/20
Another industrial park brewery in SD with a small tap room and a nice selection of house beers. They have a damn reasonable taster set that sends you home with a pint glass and all for a decent price. Cool spot.
KBS4242 (11) , | December 2, 2012
96 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 20/20
Alot of tasty beers and great IPA the service is beyond amazing definetly coming back here.
gimmeabeer (10) , | April 12, 2012
94 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 19/20
In my opinion the best kept secret in San Diego. The beer here is RIDICULOUS. SDPA is one of the best beers in existence. Everything else, from their cream ale to a super tasty witte bear is excellent as well. They are a nano brewery, so they may run out of they are pouring. Service is knowledgable and attentive, as they guys behind the counter own the place.
MattH (41) California | March 25, 2012
86 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 18/20
Glad I went. Like everyone has commented, the place is a little hard to find, as it is located in a small garage in an industrial park. However, it is worth seeking out. On the day I visited, March, 22, Hess was offering tasters of each of the seven beers they had on tap, and a glass for 12 dollars. All of the beers proved to be great, and extremely fresh. All of the people there were laid back from the bartender and other workers to the customers. They even had a black lab there who liked to fetch a tennis ball. Also noteworthy is the fact that they are making the beer right in front of you in the tasting room.
Scopey (271) Croydon, England | March 19, 2012
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
Hess is located only a couple of minutes drive away from Alesmith. A true nano-brewery in every aspect - itís pretty much a garage! This really is just one step from home brewing. There were 5 taps on offer when we visited. All beers were good quality and interesting. Great value. The guy working there was very knowledgeable and friendly. A really cool place to hang out - reminds me of a small version of the Kernel brewery in London. An essential visit if you are in the area.
SamGamgee (182) down the whirlpool, California | February 13, 2012
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
Nice little tasting room that spills into the parking lot in many cases. The brewery is so small that it can be wheeled to the side. Love coming for events and the German 0.5 liter Hess glasses are very nice. Hess makes some pretty good beers considering the circumstances and I canít wait to see what he does in a proper brewery.
coharahawk (57) Milwaukee, Wisconsin | February 11, 2012
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 16/20
We decided to head here after hitting Alesmith. We drove around a little maze of commercial building when we finally stumbled upon Hess. The place is a single garage door with a room that is about 15x20. This it he entire brewery (there is a bathroom though). We were standing next to the brew kettle and mash tun during our stay. The people were very nice and beers weer decent. We did the tasting flight, which was an awesome deal (5 tastes, 1 Hess souvenir glass for $10). Got a good deal on a 1 liter growler too. Cool setup.
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