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Beer Available At Hess Brewing Company (arranged by most recent)
Hess Jucundus Orange Honey Wheat 67, Hess Hartley , Hess Unite Pale Ale , Hess Umbrix Imperial Stout 98, Hess Deceptio Cascadian Dark Ale 92, Hess Solis Occasus (WestCoaster) IPA 86, Hess Grazias Vienna Cream Ale 74, Hess Magna Cucerbita 94, Hess Reficio , Hess Claritas Kölsch 75, Hess Solis Occasus (Belma and Mosaic) , Hess Habitus IPA 89, Hess Ficus Dark Belgian Ale 78, Hess Torulus Barrel Aged Rye Imperial Stout (Unblended) 93, Hess OktoberHess
ICEatALAMO (16) Troy, Michigan | January 4, 2014
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
Cool digs, everything is brand spanking new, or at least it looks that way. The people working there were really nice. The variety was decent, they had 3 different vintages of their barleywine when I was there and the styles they had were across the board. A little disappointed in the food truck. The food was higher priced and just average, plus their menu was deceiving since they didn’t have some of the stuff.
Leighton (600) London, England | December 12, 2013
84 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
Slid spot. Very spartan but itmgetsnthe job done. They had aroundn15 beers on tap spanning all variety of style. Pours available in small cups or pints. They offer a flight of five (price varies depending on the beers) that includes a Hess pint glass you get to keep. Beer quality is good. The batman was friendly. I gather they usually have a food truck/ street food vendor set up shop just outside the tap room; on my visit there was a taco stand, and the tacos wee stellar. Hess is less than a mile from AleSmith. Both these places are top drawer so I would advise a visit to each.
tkrjukoff (192) , Sweden | August 30, 2013
82 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
Tasting room is small with some tables. Very friendly staff, excellent bers. Could probably get a higher score if they’d switch the plastic cups to glassware.
joet (91) Santa Rosa, California | August 7, 2013
82 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 17/20
Very solid set of IPAs and hop forward beers. Very friendly albeit busy staff and volunteers when I went. One of my favorite brewers in San Diego actually.
GT2 (598) San Diego County , California | August 7, 2013
84 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
Easy to find brewery tasting room in a, gasp, strange industrial park. Hugely popular on the weekends with a dedicated local crowd. Symbiotic relationship with various food trucks. Vietnamese when we were there, which was the bomb. Service was quick and friendly. They offer samples of their house beers and there are A LOT. At least 12 when we were there, which is a bit overwhelming. Cheap prices. Main problem is that the tasters all came in tiny PLASTIC CUPS!! Pretty annoying, but then again it is really meant for someone to get a "taste" and then order a bigger pour in a proper glass. Fun place, great vibe. House beer quality was high.
Lagunitasfan (66) San Diego, California | July 19, 2013
80 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
Old school style tasting room. Small bar in an industrial warehouse. Bags of grain stacked around. Great beer. Wish they had different growlers.
Schlenkerla (338) , 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 (1341) Do Not Resuscitate, 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 it’s 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 they’ll 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 it’s not bad. Give it a try. They’re starting to bottle some things too but the bottles are expensive.
Service is pretty good and it’s 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.
brokensail (848) Orange County, 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 (141) 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.
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