New tasting room is on the way

Beer from Scripps Ranch-based Harland Brewing Company is available at bars, restaurants and hotels throughout San Diego County, and the brewery has recently begun distribution of six-pack cans. (courtesy photo)Â

New tasting room is on the way

Scripps Ranch residents awaiting the opening of the tasting room for local brewery Harland Brewing Company will have to wait a little longer to lift a glass there, but the company’s beers are already available out on the town or to enjoy in your own home.

Originally anticipated to open last April, Harland Brewing Company co-founder and CEO Josh Landan said the Scripps Ranch tasting room at 10119 Caroll Canyon Road is now scheduled to open Sept. 1, if not a little earlier. The original timeline was pushed back while the company worked to open its Del Mar tasting room at One Paseo in time to meet contractual obligations, according to Landan.

“With that Del Mar location now open, all our attention is focused on completing the Scripps Ranch tasting room,” he said.

In a change from previously announced plans to have food trucks providing bites to go along with the beer at the Scripps Ranch tasting room, Landan and his partners have decided to add a kitchen and offer a full menu from noon until closing, seven days a week. Experienced chef and restaurateur Joey Zasso will be developing the menu, preparing food and building out that part of the business. Landan said the menu will start out with tacos, salads and sandwiches, but will evolve based on customer input.

“I think that’s really nice for people to be able to come in, eat lunch or dinner and have a couple of beers,” Landan said. “The food trucks are great, but I think having food onsite and being able to change the menu based on the feedback we get from our guests definitely makes it a more attractive destination for the Scripps Ranch community.”

Before launching Harland, Landan and partners Jeff Hansson and Anthony Levas worked together at St. Archer Brewing, which Landan co-founded in 2013. St. Archer was located in the Miramar area that, with its concentraion of business parks and no residences, gets pretty quiet after 5 p.m. on weekdays. When the three were looking for a home for Harland Brewing Company, they were looking for something different, which they found in Scripps Ranch.

“There’s not another brewery brewing beer anywhere nearby and there are a lot of families here,” Landan said. “I’m really excited about that. This could be your neighborhood brewery and lunch and dinner spot. It’s more exciting to be a part of a community than in a standard business park.”

As previously reported, the new facility will feature up to 24 craft beer taps to suit a variety of tastes ranging from blondes to lagers to IPAs. The brew masters at Harland Brewing Company are Nick Marron, a former brew master at St. Archer and assistant brewer at Pizza Port; along with Ryan Alvarez.

Beer lovers seeking a taste of Scripps Ranch don’t have to wait until the tasting room opens. Landan reports that Harland Brewing Company products are already available at many bars, restaurants and hotels with about 250 draught handles throughout the county. Additionally, the brewery just launched its six-pack cans into the market, with some 50 accounts already selling them.

“The cans will be available in pretty much every gourmet grocery store,” he said. “We’ll be in Whole Foods, Lazy Acres, Seaside Market, gourmet grocery places like that, and hopefully eventually in Target, Trader Joe’s and stores like that.”

For the foreseeable future, Landan said, Harland Brewing Company plans to focus on distributing throughout San Diego County as opposed to venturing farther into other markets.

“It’s fun to be focusing on the innovation, different beers and being nimble enough to do all these things you can just think up,” he said. “When you’re making beer just for our county, it’s like it opens more doors. You’re more flexible and you can do what you want to do. And I enjoy that.”

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