3 Ways to Spend Valentine’s Day with Coronado Brewing

This year, Valentine’s Day falls on a Monday, which also happens to be the day after the 2022 Super Bowl. Not sure what to do for Valentine’s Day? Coronado Brewing has you covered. There are many different ways to celebrate love, especially since all three of our locations offer varying experiences. Follow along for three different ways you can celebrate Valentine’s Day in 2022.

1. With your Family and Fluffy-Friends at the

Bay Park Tasting Room

Coronado’s Tasting Room is an ideal spot for the entire family to share a meal together. Our outdoor patio-area is dog-friendly, so even your fluffiest family member can join in on the Valentine’s fun. The Knox menu includes a variety of delicious appetizers, specialty pizzas, organic hard cider and more. We suggest taking home a four-pack or two of our organic hard cider, coming in the flavors: Nice & Dry or Superfruit with Acai Berry. As of right now, our Bay Park Tasting Room is the only CBC location selling our canned cider to-go, so take advantage and stock up while you’re there. Our patio area has outdoor heaters, so you can sit outside anytime during the day. Order a few specialty pizzas for the entire family to split, and say cheers to your loved ones this Valentine’s Day.

Address: 1205 Knoxville Street, San Diego, CA 92110 

Hours: Mon-Sun 11:00 am-9:00 pm 

Mug Club Monday: 2:00 pm- 9:00 pm

Friday Fills: All Friday long!

2. With your Gals/Pals for a Picnic in

Imperial Beach

Coronado’s Imperial Beach location is a stone’s throw away from the beach. Bring your pals to our IB location and order food to go for an ultimate Galentine’s/friendly beach picnic. We suggest packing a blanket or beach chairs, but leave the food and brew to CBC. Pre-order your food online and select brews to-go in the IB fridge. We suggest you purchase a mixed-pack of our hard seltzers, which includes three unique flavors such as Strawberry Lemonade, Ginger Lime and Tangerine with Peach. Hosting a CBC-themed picnic for all your closest friends is the way to spend quality time together in honor of Valentine’s Day.

Address: 875 Seacoast Dr, Imperial Beach, CA 91932

Hours: Mon-Sun: 11:00 am-9:00 pm

Mug Club Monday: 2:00 pm- 9:00 pm

Friday Fills: All Friday long!

3. With your Significant Other at the

Coronado Island Pub

Last but certainly not least, if you’re looking for a fancy spot to take your significant other out to dinner our Coronado Pub location is the perfect place for a romantic date night. The pub menu is the most sophisticated, offering a variety of dishes from seafood pesto pasta, to wood-fired BBQ ribs, Atlantic salmon, and so much more. The pub also offers a mouth-watering dessert menu, containing four different dishes to choose from once you’ve finished on your main course. Take advantage of your time on the island and wrap up the night with a sunset walk on the public beach.

Address: 170 Orange Ave, Coronado, CA 92118

Hours: Mon-Fri: 10:00 am-9:00 pm

Mug Club Monday: 2:00-10:00 pm

Friday Fills: All Friday long!

*Keep in mind, all CBC locations do not accept reservations. Call ahead to check on wait times, or order ahead using this link.

What about Valentine’s Day gifts? CBC has a few ideas

& many more options to choose from here.

PhotoBlog: High “Hops” after 2022 Hop Selection

Last week, three Coronado brewers, Mark, Bart, and Bryce, traveled up north to Yakima, Washington to observe and select various hops for the 2022 brew year. Bart Gumpert, CBC’s Innovation Brewer, took photos of the trip to share with those who may be curious about hop selection and what the process entails.

First stop- HAAS Pellet & Warehouse Complex

Next stop- Hollingsworth & Sons Facility

Next stop- CLS Farm Tour

Final stop- Exploring the Yakima Chief Hops (YCH) Farm

Cheers to another successful hop selection trip in the books. With hop selection complete, Coronado Brewing looks forward to another innovative year filled with hoppy new beers brewed with the best hops in the Pacific Northwest. Next time you’re in the Tasting Room, ask your server about the specific hops that go into the beer in your hand!

What Even Is A Shandy?

At the beginning of 2021, our brewers at Coronado Brewing decided to spice things up for the new year. After finding the perfect combination of ripe citrus and wheat ale, they were able to brew an incredibly refreshing shandy with a West Coast twist. Orange Avenue Shandy is a refreshing wheat ale brewed with juicy citrus to keep your tastebuds happy. Since the release of this hybrid style ale, we’re often met with the question

What is a Shandy???

History of the Shandy

The term “shandygaff” was first introduced in 19th century New England. Shortened to ‘shandy,” the term was used to describe a blend of beer with any kind of non-alcoholic drink. The English typically crafted their shandy’s using ginger beer; however, any citrus-flavored beverage usually did the trick. Charles Dickens once wrote about shandies, exclaiming they were “the perfect alliance between beer and pop.” As shandies became more popular in English culture, the ale spread rapidly throughout Europe.

Though shandies were originally created as beer mixed with ginger-ale or ginger-beer, other European cultures used various citrus beverages to make them their own. For example, Germany’s shandy is typically made with lemon and is known as a “Radler.” Radlers adapted from the name Radlermass, or “cyclist litre.” Radlers were first made by Franz Kugler when he accidentally ran out of beer and had to mix it with lemon soda to keep the sales going. As lemon was introduced to the world of shandies, other flavors like grapefruit and orange came into play.

Narragansett Beer, Karbach Brewing Company, and Leinenkugel’s are three popular companies that craft shandies and radlers.

Orange Avenue Shandy

Why did we decide to make our own Shandy? For the last 25 years, CBC fans may have seen us crafting beers using citrus flavors before, ie. one of CBC’s most popular beers of all time, Orange Ave Wit. While they share a similar name, customers can think of Orange Ave Shandy as the “younger cousin” of Orange Ave Wit. Sure, OAW may have taught OA Shandy a thing or two, but Shandy brings a totally new set of flavors to the game, bursting with orange juiciness. “Orange Avenue Shandy isn’t like your traditional shandy, it’s brewed with orange and honey to give it a lighter, crisp taste,” says Bart Gumpert, CBC innovation brewer. He continued on by saying “Orange Avenue Shandy was brewed for our customers to enjoy a new style of beer, especially something that’s refreshing and easy to sip on.” Most shandies are best on hot days during the summer season; however; our shandy is crafted for year-round enjoyment. Don’t let another hot summer day ruin your vibe, stay refreshed and try an Orange Avenue Shandy today.

Behind the Scenes @ CBC (part 1)

Welcome to Behind the Scenes @ CBC! This is the first of many blog posts providing our fans a sneak peek at what’s brewing at the pub, the tasting room, the brewhouse and more.

Don’t come here expecting corporate jargon, mission statements and marketing-geared prose—I’m a terrible writer with no grammar skills to speak of (I even misspelled grammar before this got edited). These will be brief, raw, up-to-the-minute posts that, starting next time, will be heavier on images than words. A picture says a thousand words, so this approach should save me tons of work!

Here goes nothing…

We recently brewed a new beer called Thai-One-On Pale Ale. Motivated by his time on our rooftop garden, CBC chef Kasey Chapman asked our pub brewers, Pete Falletta (Playboy Pete) and Dan Drayne (Boardshorts Dan), if they’d like to brew a specialty beer using fresh basil from the garden.

Kasey Chapman trimming basil on CBC’s roof top garden.

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