CBC BLOG | Exciting Updates at the IB Restaurant

There’s a lot going on at our IB restaurant! From crowlers and new menu items to a brand-new patio, there’s plenty to be excited about in IB. Read on to get the full rundown!

New Menu Items

The IB restaurant is boasting some delectable new items on the menu. Come try the new Greek salmon salad, seafood pesto pasta or sesame ahi wrap!

  • Greek salmon salad: Blackened salmon, romaine, artichoke hearts, kalamata olives, red onion, feta cheese, pepperoncini, cucumber & tomato
  • Seafood pesto pasta: Shrimp, salmon, wahoo, roma tomatoes & roasted peppers tossed in a basil pesto cream sauce. Finished with pine nuts & parmesan. Served with toasted garlic bread
  • Sesame ahi wrap: Cajun-sesame seared ahi, cucumber, avocado, mixed greens, cabbage & red onion tossed in citrus-ginger dressing. Chipotle tortilla wrap


Crowlers are a go in IB! And due to the popularity of Friday Fills at the tasting room, we’re extending the program to IB, but with crowlers! You can look forward to a rotating crowler fill for only $7 every Friday.

Patio Coming Early 2019!

You may have noticed the construction taking place at the restaurant over the last few weeks. We’re happy to announce that we have a rad new patio in the works anticipated to open early 2019! Make sure you keep an eye on our Instagram for updates and an exact opening date.

CBC BLOG| Meet Head Brewer Mark

Behind every good brewery is a head brewer overseeing all aspects of the beer production process.  In this week’s blog, we sat down with the guy overseeing our brewing operations at our Bay Park headquarters and production facility.

Q&A with Head Brewer Mark

How did you get your start in the beer industry?

I started by volunteering my time at Mission Brewery, working 20-30 hours for free (mopping floors, helping bottle, etc.) while working full time at another job. Back then, Mission was brewing in Chula Vista. The brewhouse was inside an industrial warehouse of a car collector.  There were a bunch of cars on stilts and they would have brewing equipment and grain bags sitting on the hoods, with a brewhouse tucked in the corner. It was an interesting experience.

What’s the coolest part of your job?

I think the coolest thing is that I physically create something that gets sent out into the world and is tangible – people can enjoy it, praise it, criticize it, whatever. It’s a job where I try my best and I get real feedback. I leave my mark in my own small way.

Which beer are you most proud of? Why?

Coco Chaos.  That beer was very special to me. I used coconut milk powder and it gave the beer this interesting, rich, creamy texture. I think it was a very complex beer and it had other industry people asking how I did it.

What’s your favorite Coronado beer?

Never Better. I love that hop combo and it drinks so smooth for being over 8% ABV.  It got me drinking higher gravity beers again.

What are some of your hobbies outside of work?

I like to spend time with my girlfriend and dog.  I also watch a lot of movies. I love 80’s movies, like Night of the Comet and Escape from New York.

CBC BLOG | Orange Ave Cranberry Chutney Recipe

Need another excuse to pick up a 6-pack of our award-winning Orange Ave Wit? Here’s a delicious recipe for an Orange Ave cranberry chutney that’s perfect for Thanksgiving dinner. The orange zest and earthy spice in our Orange Ave Wit enhance the citrus and spicy flavors in the recipe.  Get Orange Ave at one of our locations or find it near you!


  • 8 cups cranberries
  • 3 to 4 jalapenos, finely chopped
  • 2 limes, juiced
  • 2 oranges, juiced
  • 5 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup Orange Ave Wit
  • Salt and black pepper


  1. Put all the ingredients in a sauce pot and bring to a boil over medium heat.
  2. Reduce the heat and simmer until desired consistency (approximately 40 to 50 minutes).

CBC BLOG | San Diego Beer Week is Here!

The wait is over…San Diego Beer Week is here! Taking place November 2nd-11th, SDBW is a celebration of the breweries, bars and restaurants that make San Diego America’s finest beer city. Beer-centric events are held throughout the county, making this an exciting time of year for breweries and craft beer fans alike. This year we have three exciting events planned at the Bay Park tasting room. Fans can look forward to returning events like BYOBib Seafood Boil and Milled Chilled & Jelly Filled Beer & Donut Pairing, as well as a NEW Brewhouse Brunch event. Everything you need to know is below – mark your calendars!

Beer Week Cellar Sale
November 2-11
Stock up on vintage Coronado goodies
All bottles available at the SD tasting room. Limited selection available in Coronado and IB.
Quantities are very limited.
-BA Stupid Stout 2015 – $10
-BA Old Scallywag 2015 – $10
-BA German Chocolate Cake 2018 – $10
-BA Old Scallywag 2013 – $10
-BA Stupid Stout 2013 – $10
-Punk’in Drublic 2014 – $10
-German Chocolate Cake 2014 – $10
-Old Scallywag 2016 – $10
-Stupid Stout 2015 – $10
-Shared Waters 2018 – $15
-Tecolote Kriek 2018 – $15

BYOBib Seafood Boil

Friday November 2, 4-8pm
$20 for the boil and your first beer
All day happy hour pints
No ticket necessary. Quantities are limited.

Milled, Chilled & Jelly Filled Beer and Donut Pairing
Saturday November 3, 11am-3pm
Beer & Donut pairings from Nomad Donuts
$15 for 3 mini donuts and 3 beer tasters
Tecolote Kriek bottle sale
No ticket necessary. Quantities are limited.

Brewhouse Brunch
Saturday November 10, 10am-2pm
Beer inspired breakfast with beer cocktails
$20 for choice of 1 entrée and beer cocktail
See the menu and get tickets, here.

Can’t make it out to our tasting room events? Don’t sweat it! There will be plenty of opportunities to get our tasty beers around town. Check out the full listing of off-site events below!

Friday, November 2

Kick Off Night @ Reagal Beagle | 5:30pm
Featuring Early Bird Cold Brew Milk Stout, Tecolote Kriek, Islander IPA, Never Better DIPA

Beer Night @ Bier Garden | 6pm
Featuring Orange Ave Wit, Guava Islander IPA, Mermaid’s Red

Sour Fest @ BeerFish
Featuring Tecolote Kriek

Saturday, November 3

Barrel-Aged Beer Night @ BeerFish
Featuring BA German Chocolate Cake

Guild Fest @ Embarcadero Marina Park South | 1:30-5:00pm
Featuring Weekend Vibes IPA, Early Bird Cold Brew Milk Stout, Tecolote Kriek

Monday, November 5

CBC VS STONE @ Barrel Republic Carlsbad | 6pm
Featuring Never Better DIPA, BA German Chocolate, Tecolote Kriek

OG Breweries Throwback Thursday @ Third Ave Alehouse
Featuring Islander IPA, Orange Ave Wit

Smackdown Brewery Battle vs Pizza Port @ BeerFish
Featuring Seacoast Pilsner and Weekend Vibes IPA

Tuesday, November 6

Beer Night @ TapRoom | 6pm
Featuring Weekend Vibes IPA, BA German Chocolate, Must Be Mango Sour, Tecolote Kriek

Wednesday, November 7

Beer Night @ Bare Back Grill | 6pm
Featuring CoastWise IPA, Never Better DIPA, Must Be Mango Sour, BA German Chocolate

Thursday, November 8

Pint Night @ Smokeyard UTC | 5pm
Featuring Seacoast Pilsner

Saturday, November 10

Coronado Beer All Day @ Castle Creek Country Club
Featuring BA German Chocolate, Orange Ave Wit, Mermaid’s Red, Weekend Vibes IPA (beer of the month)

Collabapalooza @ Observatory North Park | 1-5pm
Featuring Supersoaker Triple IPA (collab with BNS), Tecolote Kriek

Sunday, November 11

The Beer Garden @ Torrey Pines Lodge | 12-3pm
Featuring Shuck It Oyster Stout, Weekend Vibes IPA

CBC BLOG | Intro to Crowlers

There’s nothing better than taking home fresh beer after visiting your favorite local brewery. The crowler — a growler/can hybrid — has surged in popularity the last few years and is quickly becoming the go-to vessel for beer fans looking to bring fresh beer home from their local brewery. For those unfamiliar, crowlers are 32oz cans that are filled using a brewery’s draft system, on demand. Once filled, they are capped and sealed using a crowler machine. There are many reasons to embrace the crowler – read on to learn why.

Crowler machine at the Bay Park tasting room.


One of the biggest issues plaguing traditional growlers is that they are very difficult to clean. Dirty growlers lead to off-flavors in beer. Crowlers sidestep this issue altogether as they are single use.

Beer Quality

The quality of the beer tends to be higher for longer in a crowler. For starters, the airtight seal on a crowler helps keep carbonation from seeping out in your fridge. Aluminum is also much better at keeping sunlight out than the traditional brown glass used in most growlers. As a result, crowlers can have a shelf life of up to 72 hours, as opposed to the recommended 24-hour shelf life of a traditional growler.


Finally, and most importantly, there’s the convenience factor. Crowlers allow beer drinkers to take beer home on a whim, even if they forgot to pack their growler.

Next time you’re at one of your locations, take some beer home in a crowler. All three locations are equipped with crowler machines and we offer fills of almost anything on draft any given day.


CBC BLOG | San Diego-style IPA

Under the West Coast IPA umbrella, lives a subset of the style known as the San Diego IPA. As pioneers in the West Coast IPA movement, San Diego brewers have been at the forefront of the style and have created a category of their own. The San Diego-style IPA is an intensely-hopped IPA that’s golden in color with mild bitterness that finishes with a clean and refreshingly dry finish. San Diegans love their hops, and these beers are meant to showcase their flavors and aromas. The best San Diego-style IPAs extract the tropical fruit and citrus flavors from the hops, while limiting the bitterness.

A Few to Taste

Weekend Vibes IPA – 6.8% ABV/60 IBU
Bursting with tropical dankness, this beer is everything you want from a San Diego-style IPA. It’s jam-packed with hop fruitiness, and refreshingly dry. Crack one open and get ready to feel those Weekend Vibes.

Never Better DIPA – 8.1% ABV/65 IBU
Brewed with a vibrant blend of Vic Secret, Mosaic, and Citra, this double IPA is bursting with hop flavors of tropical mango, passion fruit, and resinous pine. One sip and you’ll go from good to Never Better.



SAN DIEGO – September 27, 2018 – In a company first, Coronado Brewing is debuting a new year-round series of beers in freshly designed 16oz six-pack cans. Weekend Vibes IPA and Never Better Double IPA are set to debut in October in 16oz cans, 22oz bottles and draft, and feature fresh branding and can imagery. A third beer – Leisure Lagoon Hazy Pale Ale – is forthcoming in spring 2019. “The demand for 16oz cans has skyrocketed over the past few years,” noted Coronado Brewing CEO Brandon Richards. “We’re excited to fulfill this demand in the market and believe we offer beer drinkers a great value with the 16oz six-packs.”

Weekend Vibes is a San Diego-style IPA brewed with a blend of Mosaic, Citra and Simcoe hops for vibrant notes of tropical fruit and citrus. California Ale Yeast accentuates the fruity hop flavors and provides a clean and refreshingly dry finish. Never Better, on the other hand, is an unfiltered double IPA featuring Mosaic, Citra, Simcoe and Vic Secret hops for rich notes of mango, passionfruit and resinous pine. “As a pioneer in the San Diego craft brewing scene, we’re stoked to put our spin on the San Diego-style IPA,” says Mark Thiesen, Head Brewer, Coronado Brewing Company. “Weekend Vibes and Never Better are some of the tastiest IPAs we’ve put out to date and we couldn’t be prouder of these beers. Both these IPAs can hold their own amongst the other great IPAs in San Diego.”

Weekend Vibes and Never Better hit store shelves beginning October and will be available throughout the company’s distribution network. Eager fans can get a sneak peek at all Coronado locations on Friday, September 28 with six-packs available for purchase before the beer hits broader retail availability in October. For more information about Weekend Vibes and Never Better, visit www.coronadobrewing.com. Stay Coastal. Cheers.

Weekend Vibes IPA:

Style:  San Diego-style IPA

ABV:  6.8%

Package:  16oz six-pack can, 22oz bottle, draft

Release:  October 2018

Availability:  Coronado’s distribution network

Sales Sheet: http://bit.ly/weekend-vibes-ipa

Never Better Double IPA:

Style:  Unfiltered Double IPA

ABV:  8.1%

Package:  16oz six-pack can, 22oz bottle, draft

Release:  October 2018

Availability:  Coronado’s distribution network

Sales Sheet: http://bit.ly/never-better-dipa

Weekend Vibes Label Copy:

Bursting with tropical dankness, this beer is everything you want from a San Diego-style IPA. It’s jam-packed with hop fruitiness, and refreshingly dry. Crack one open and get ready to feel those Weekend Vibes.

Never Better Label Copy:

Brewed with a vibrant blend of Vic Secret, Mosaic, and Citra, this double IPA is bursting with hop flavors of tropical mango, passion fruit, and resinous pine. One sip and you’ll go from good to Never Better.

About Coronado Brewing Company

In 1996, when craft beer was still a foreign term and San Diego County was home to only a handful of breweries, the Chapman brothers Ron and Rick opened a brewpub in their hometown of Coronado. Today CBC stays true to their San Diego roots, brewing abundantly hoppy West Coast-style ales, which are available today in 14 US states and 12 countries. In addition to the long-established pub in Coronado, the company opened a tasting room inside its San Diego production facility in 2013, and a tasting room and restaurant in Imperial Beach, California in 2014. Coronado Brewing Company was honored in 2014 with one of the brewing industry’s most prestigious awards—World Beer Cup Champion Brewery and Brewmaster for a Mid-Size Brewing Company.

CBC BLOG | It’s GABF Week!

Every Fall, a barrage of breweries and beer fans descends upon Denver for the annual craziness that is the Great American Beer Festival. GABF is a three-day annual event hosted by the Brewers Association that features 800 breweries and 4000 beers in a public tasting event and private beer competition. The festival has been held every year since 1982, growing and evolving over time, and is meant to bring together the brewers and diverse beers that make the U.S. a great brewing nation. Every beer lover needs to attend GABF at least once in their life. We hope to see you out there this year!

A Few to Taste at GABF

We’ll have many cool and exciting beers flowing at the Coronado booth at GABF 2018. Check out our offerings below and make sure you stop by the booth!

  • Driftwood Dunkelweizen
  • Morag Monster Scottish Ale
  • Shuck It Oyster Stout
  • Orange Ave Wit
  • Seacoast Pilsner (unfiltered)
  • Sea Glass ESSA
  • Weekend Vibes IPA

CBC BLOG | Craft Beer Education: Milk Stouts

One of the most nuanced styles of beer is the stout. Stouts come in many different forms, each with their own unique textures, alcohol levels, and ingredients. From dry Irish stouts that barely hover above 4% ABV to hefty Russian imperial stouts that clock in at 10% ABV, the variations of stout are plentiful. On the sweeter side of the spectrum sits the Milk Stout (also known as a sweet stout). The defining characteristic of this type of stout is the addition of lactose, an unfermentable sugar that is typically found in dairy products. The lactose helps give the beer a fuller body while imparting sweetness that helps balance the roasted flavors. Since the lactose sugar is unfermentable, it does not bump up ABV. As a result, Milk Stouts usually sit between 3-6% ABV.

One to Taste

Early Bird Cold Brew Milk Stout – 5.5% ABV/20 IBU
Brewed with cold-brew from Bird Rock Coffee, this easy drinking stout has rich coffee and chocolate flavors, and a sweet, smooth finish. Available in 22oz bottles, 12oz cans, and on draft at our 3 locations.

CBC BLOG | The Uses for Spent Grain

Spent grain is one of the natural byproducts of brewing beer, and it accounts for the majority of a brewery’s byproduct. For those that don’t know, spent grain is the leftover malt and grain that comes as a result of the brewing process. After the crushed malted barley is mixed with hot water, the sugary liquid goes on to become beer, while the grains are separated out to be disposed of.

Spent grain being trucked away from Coronado Brewing in San Diego

Fortunately, there are many eco-friendly things that can be done with spent grain so that it does not simply end up in the trash. The most common uses for spent grain involve the agricultural community – repurposing it as animal feed or compost for local farms. Craft breweries across the United States are giving their spent grain (often by the truckload) to their agricultural communities to be repurposed as animal feed or compost. Once composted, spent grain has the potential to fertilize gardens and provide wholesome, natural food for humans. In addition to these traditional uses, spent grain is being used in other innovative ways. For example, spent grain can be used to bake or to make dog treats. Some companies have even found a way to convert spent grain to power and alternative fuel to run their business. While each brewery may have their own way of dealing with spent grain, one thing is clear: the craft beer community is committed to sustainable solutions for this byproduct.