The day was Saturday. It was slightly gloomy in the morning but developed into the true California sunshine as the day rolled on. I walked in to Rough Draft Brewing Company* in San Diego; there were only a handful of people sprinkled throughout the establishment. I went up to the beertender & introduced myself. She told me that I would be able to try a taster of all the available beers on tap. My boyfriend, Fred, & I found a spot at the concrete bar top & sat down.
She worked on pouring the beers. I took a moment to walk around. Rough Draft Brewing had the usual barrels as tables as well as stools to sit on. Many breweries choose to go with that particular aesthetic. They also had some wooden chairs & wooden tables with plastic succulents, a couple couches, & of course the concrete bar top we were at.
Decor & Ambiance:
Rough Draft Brewing has an industrial vibe with high, exposed ceilings & six 30 barrel fermenters sprinkled throughout. They included a beanbag toss game just in case you want to have a bit of fun. I later inquired about the name of the game; it's called Cornhole. I spotted a water cooler with deliciously refreshing cold water to ensure that patrons stay hydrated & happy. Rough Draft also has another room to rent for corporate events, special events, etc. The day we were there they were slated to host a wedding reception.
Both the beertenders came up & introduced themselves, asking if we had any questions or needed help. I found out that their names were Melissa, the tasting room supervisor, & Nikki. Both the ladies were friendly, cordial, & knowledgeable. It wasn't too busy so they were able to provide quick, personalized service.
We received 11 tasters to sample. Tasters are usually served in 4 ounce glasses; it gives you the opportunity to try the beers without committing to a pint. My boyfriend & I each received a little bowl of popcorn & then we got to it. As the blogger that I am, I took photos prior to sampling the beer. I arranged them, photographed them, & got to work. We slowly made our way through the variety of beers. We each took a couple sips & moved on to the next one. Once we made it through all the beers, we finished the taster, each taking another sip or two to get a final opinion.
My Favorite Beers:
Amber Ale - This brew has a gorgeous color, very true to its name. It has a full body, caramel maltiness, & hints of chocolate. The Amber Ale has a whopping 7.5% ABV (alcohol content) which is quite surprising because it goes down so easily. This is a scrumptious beer with a classic taste.
Grapefruit Weekday - This beer is so infused with grapefruit that I'd like to pretend it includes one serving of fruit. It uses local organic grapefruit & leaves a tempting aftertaste. It's citrusy, zesty, & refreshing. My boyfriend deemed this one of his favorites as well. The smell alone leaves you feeling nostalgic of summers past & memories past. The Grapefruit Weekday has 4.8% ABV; the mild alcohol content makes it ideal for a quick after work brew.
Emboozlement Tripel - This is aged for one year in bourbon barrels. It will give you a kick in the taste buds & leaves you feeling like you got sucker punched in the stomach. It's unique with a sweet aftertaste. Beware because this triple has a 9.5% ABV. Wowza!
What the Ale? - My boyfriend really loved this pale ale & claimed it as one of his favorites. It's aged in French oak Pinot Noir barrels, so you get a little bit of that wine-y kick. Not to mention the name of this beer is quite amusing.
Stout, Stout Baby - I love stouts especially during the colder months of autumn & winter. This malty vanilla stout has a classic, delicious flavor to it. You can't go wrong. Once again I'm drawn to its clever name.
Weekday IPA - This session IPA is one of their best-selling beers. It's easy to drink & approachable with a 4.8% ABV. The Weekday IPA is ideal for those who want a beer after work without the regret of having a hangover the next day. Win win.
My experience at Rough Draft Brewing Company was quite excellent. The service was friendly & the beers were delicious, which is pretty much all you can ask for in a brewery. There is a wide variety of brews to fit your needs & overall, they have wonderful, unique flavor. I enjoyed the fact that there were enough patrons there so you know people enjoy it, but it wasn't so jam-packed you have to shout to hear each other speak.
You don't have to physically step foot in the brewery to get their beers. Rough Draft sells their beers in the multitude of location such as 7 Eleven, BevMo, Costco, & more. The set of tasters we received would normally cost a total of $18, which is standard when it comes to craft beer.
Do you like craft beer? Have you ever visited Rough Draft? How does it look? What's your drink of choice? :]
You may find Rough Draft Brewing Company:
8830 Rehco Rd. Suite D
San Diego, CA 92121
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* Disclaimer: These beers were received complimentary from Rough Draft Brewing Company in exchange for an honest review. All opinions in this review are 100% mine aka Carmen's. :]