Our Story

When we opened the doors to our beach town brewpub on Coronado Island in 1996, we wanted it to be the kind of place where friends could enjoy great beer, a good meal and a laid-back atmosphere.

Our award-winning beer is now available coast to coast, but the spirit of our family-owned brewery hasn’t changed. We’re still sharing our passion for craft and celebrating our authentic coastal vibe–all inspired by our San Diego roots.

Welcome to Coronado Brewing Company. Stay coastal.


Ron & Rick Chapman

1996 – Art of Brewing

Brothers Ron and Rick Chapman realized a long-time dream and got ahead of the craft brew curve in a big way, opening a brewpub in the heart of their hometown of Coronado on Aug. 30th. Pioneers of craft brewing, they found themselves in an industry of 1 of 5 in San Diego at that time. They worked with an original brewing system of 10-bbl brewhouse, (3) 10-bbl fermenters and (3) 10-bbl serving tanks.


1998 – Local Beer in Demand

Local retail interest for CBC beers begins to surface & kick starts the beginning of our distribution efforts. 1st keg of Coronado Golden sold to Hotel Del Coronado.


2004 – The Bottling Begins

Started bottling on a Meheen bottling line purchased from Mud Shark Brewing Co. out of Lake Havasu, AZ. First beers bottled: Coronado Golden, Mermaid’s Red, Islander IPA & Point Loma Porter.


2006 – The First Expansion

Expanded sq. footage of the Coronado brewpub and increased brewing capacity. Added (13) 20bbl fermenters pushing annual capacity between 4-5,000 bbl.

Fermenting Tanks

2012 – Mainland Brewhouse

Expanded production capacity with a 30-bbl brewhouse and new bottling in a 22k square ft. building on the mainland in San Diego’s Tecolote Canyon area. Knoxville production facility would eventually provide enough space for an overall annual capacity of 60k barrels.

World Beer Cup

2014 – World Recognition

CBC receives the title of ’World Beer Cup Champion Best Mid-Sized Brewery & Brewmaster’ along with a gold medal for its ‘Islander IPA.’ Brewhouse expansion continues with the addition of four 240-bbl fermenting tanks to meet the distribution demands of 22 states and 6 countries. Coronado opens up a third location in the southernmost beach city of Imperial Beach, CA.

20th Anniversary

2016 – Celebrating Twenty Years of Brewing

After 20 years of brewing award-winning beers, Coronado releases its can lineup which will mark the beginning of their new branding. Brewing is still their middle name, but Coronado wants you to Stay Coastal.

2019 – Continuing to Push the Envelope

23 years in, Coronado is still raising the bar on craft beer in San Diego. The team took home two medals at the 2019 Great American Beer Festival; a silver medal for Freebooter Barleywine, and a bronze for Weekend Vibes IPA in the competition’s second-largest category (American IPA, 362 entries).