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t0rin0 (1384) Do Not Resuscitate, California | July 11, 2013
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Visited in June 2012 with chinoskillzian and cquiroga to discuss RBSG plans with Mark.
No tasting room but if you call or email you can arrange to go in. Theyíve expanded into the next unit over for their barrel aging projects which include a number of large foeder type barrels and a ton of smaller barrels. On the brewery side they have a large keg fridge and have some taps for sampling. They also have some small experimental stuff going (a peach Flemish red when I was there). The bottling line is depressing since itís basically a work bench and a lunch table. I guess they bought it years ago and never used it (maybe once).
Try the 1903 lager fresh. Itís actually pretty awesome if it hasnt been sitting in the keg for 6 months.
Canyon24 (10) Altadena, California | July 12, 2011
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Very good beer. No tasting at the location but Mark Jilg has done a great job with the beer. Consistency sometimes an issue I have heard but I have always had good beer from Craftsman.
BMan1113VR (379) Los Angeles, California | March 12, 2009
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Mark was kind enough to take time out of a busy brew day to take me on a mini tour, and discuss the history of Craftsman and his brew philosophy. Mark spent over an hour with me going over process and the nuances of each beer. His brews show that he is both a perfectionist and a true brewing artist. He also poured me two samples of the Cabernale and his excellent barley wine. Fun place! Hopefully they will start bottling around summer time.
JohnC (155) Mission Viejo, California | November 20, 2008
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Craftsman is strictly a brewery and is not set up for tastings so call ahead so they know you’re coming.
Mark was a great host and we sampled several beers. My wife & I talked w/ Mark for over an hour. It was a great time.
can8ianben (106) Souderton, Pennsylvania | August 30, 2007
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This isnít a bar or a brewpub, just a small brewery in an industrial park. Having said this, itís well worth the time to go visit Mark and hear him talk about beer for a while. You can tell he lives for great beer and he really knows his stuff. The beer they brew is excellent although sadly they donít have anything in bottles to take home with you. He was great about giving us all the samples we wanted, just to sit and listen to him talk. A great experience.
CaptainCougar (142) Columbia, Maryland | August 6, 2005
88 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
I received special Ratebeerian treatment from Mark here and he brought out a ton of great beers. He was even willing to meet me late on a Saturday afternoon. I had a great time here and he was more than accomodating. As far as being open to the public, Iím not sure, but drop Mark a line (craftsbrewer) and Iím sure heíd love to share a few of his well made beers and talk beer for a while.
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