Getting a Taste of Mike Hess Brewing

San Diego is pretty much the Mecca of craft beer. You'd have to go on several brewery tours before you'd even make a dent; as of right now there are over 125 breweries. Yeeshk! Local to San Diego, Mike Hess Brewing* has three locations within the county: North Park, Miramar, & Ocean Beach. I happened to visit the North Park location during the Taste of North Park, a neighborhood event for food, beverage, & shopping enthusiasts to try a variety of local shops. Join me in looking at my experience.

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Ambiance

The day I visited Mike Hess Brewing it was packed, hot, & stuffed with people due to the Taste of North Park event. I wiped away beads of sweat as they rolled off my face & messily pulled my hair back into a ponytail in an attempt to cool off. I went up & introduced myself; they told me to choose five tasters from their list of brews. My boyfriend & I eyed the list, narrowed it down, & made our choices. Then they pointed me in the direction of my reserved table. "Oooooh, I have a reserved table," I said to Fred. I felt so special.

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Mike Hess, Mike Hess Brewing, San Diego, North Park, SDBeer, beer, craft beer, brewery review,

Decor

Mike Hess has an industrial look with exposed ceilings, peppered with fairy lights. There was a mixture of long rectangular wooden tables & some small circular ones. My reserved table was the little one, perfectly fit for two. You also have the opportunity to check out some games & play with your homies to give it a more joyful experience. There's an outside seating area so you can people watch as folks pass by.

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From left to right: Grazias, Magna Cucurbita, Umbrix, Ficus, Grapefruit Solis


Beer

Grazias - This is a tasty, mild Vienna cream ale. It's delicious & goes down easy. I'd say this is the perfect brew for those who want a scrumptious beer or aren't the biggest beer fans. Grazias is a great starting point for beer enthusiasts & beer hesitants alike.

Magna Cucurbita - Ding ding ding! This was my favorite beer hands-down. Magna Cucurbita is a dark pumpkin stout -- ideal for the autumn season. It's lovingly spiced & quite fragrant. I could see myself enjoying this throughout fall.

Umbrix - I'm a huge fan of stouts especially when the temperatures cool down. This is a rye imperial stout with a potent but smooth taste. The flavors include rye malt, coffee, chocolate, & toffee. It has a 10.2% ABV so it's pretty high in alcohol content.

Ficus - A dark Belgian saison beer with organic, locally grown figs. It's sweet & rich & packed with flavor. In fact, over 10 pounds of figs are used per barrel. This is a unique beer & bonus points for Mike Hess Brewing supporting local farms.

Grapefruit Solis - I'm a sucker for grapefruit; it's one of my favorite citrus fruits out there. This beer is light & tangy but the grapefruit wasn't coming through as much as I would like. The citrus flavor was quite mild.

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Mike Hess, Mike Hess Brewing, San Diego, North Park, SDBeer,


Experience

The crowd & sheer explosion of noise was slightly off putting. I genuinely had to yell in order to keep a conversation. Like I said this could be due to the hustle & bustle of Taste of North Park. I've never ventured to Mike Hess Brewing before so I don't know if it's always like that. The beers were appetizing; my favorite would definitely be Magna Cucurbita. After we sampled the flight of tasters we returned the Mike Hess chip in exchange for a glass to take home. The taster flight with the glass would normally cost $15. That averages out to $2 per taster & a $5 glass, which is an average/slightly higher price point in comparison to some other breweries I've been to.

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Mike Hess, Mike Hess Brewing, San Diego, North Park, SDBeer,


Verdict

I'd like to try out another location or head back to the North Park one just to give Mike Hess another shot because it was just too packed & loud to fully enjoy. I wish I was given the opportunity to try out more beers because experiencing only five didn't give me much insight into their range of flavors. Looking back the beer I best recall was the pumpkin stout Magna Cucurbita. 

Have you ever been to Mike Hess Brewing? What do you like about the location? :] 


You may find Mike Hess Brewing: 
3812 Grim Avenue
San Diego, CA 92104
(619) 255-7136
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* Disclaimer: These beers were received complimentary from Mike Hess Brewing in exchange for an honest review. All opinions in this review are 100% mine aka Carmen's. :]

43 comments

  1. Nice photos! Happy Wednesday♥♥

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  2. Hess Brewing is one of my ALL TIME FAVES! I actually live a few blocks away from their North Park location. I like it because it's dog-friendly and the food trucks they have are always great, however it can get pretty hot and noisy. How cool you got free beer for a review - that's my blogging dream! Any advice for a fellow beer blogger?

    Thanks - love the post! Their Grazias Vienna Cream Ale is my favorite choice!

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    1. Dog friendly is always great! I did enjoy Grazias! :]

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  3. I love going on beer tours, luckily I live in Milwaukee, WI so it is plentiful.If I get a chance to visit San Diego I will make sure to put Hess Brewing on the list of places to visit.
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    1. San Diego has so many breweries. It's crazy. :]

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  4. Looks like a decent place . Hopefully you can have more time to enjoy it on a not so crowded night.

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  5. Sounds like you had a lovely time! I love the interior design of the place. Great post!
    xo Kiki
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  6. Looks like an amazing experience! Beer is so complex and it's an entire world that you can get yourself into. Hope you had a fun time :)

    Erica
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    1. You are certainly right. Beer is quite a complex drink. :]

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  7. It is hard when places are just too noisy - I hate not being able to hear my friends talk! It does look like a fun place though. xxx

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  8. Looks fun! Lovely pictures :)

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  9. We don't have Mike Hess down here in the south, but it sounds like a fun place despite the noise. And that pumpkin stout sounds delicious.
    ~Lili
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  10. Looks like a great place to hang out with friends and taste different types of beer. A pity it was too noisy, but it could be because of an event. Glad you had a good time there! xx

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    1. Yeah I think on any other day it's the perfect place to hang out. :]

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  11. This looks like a such a cool place! x

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  12. I love craft beer!
    It should be a great place indeed :)))

    xoxo
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  13. Ah the Grapefruit Solis sounds amazing! Great photos! Glad you had a nice time!

    XO
    Dara
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  14. Wow lovely photos, such a nice place.
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  15. oohh have to try this when i head back to San Diego! :D

    Have a great weekend!
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  16. Wow jealous much, I want to go on a beer tasting treat too! (;

    xx
    Xin

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    1. You really can't go wrong with a tasty beer session. :]

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  17. Great photos!! Love that cases!!
    Xoxo,
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    1. Yeah I was kind of weird that they were there but I like them. :]

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  18. I'm a sucker for a brewery. We had a bunch in my college town, Missoula, MT! I really like the atmosphere of Mike Hess. Definitely reminds me of home. Breweries are becoming so popular that I find afternoons during the week are the best times to visit, if you want peace and quite! If I ever make it that way I will have to check them out tho! PS I am jealous you took your camera to a brewery (in public in general). I always get embarrassed but I should start doing that. :)


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    1. I totally agree with you Bri. My friend & I go to our favorite brewery once a week on a Tuesday afternoon because it's just the best time to go. :]

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  19. This place seems incredible and the beers delicious!
    My boyfriend and I are making craft beers for a while and it's always so good to visit places like this, it inspire us! :)
    Seems you had a fabulous time. If i visit to San Diego someday I'll sure stop by.
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    1. I have yet to hand make any beers myself. Sounds awesome. :]

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  20. This place looks really cool! I'll have to check it out some time. Thanks for sharing!

    Natalie
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  21. This place looks really fun!

    xx
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