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Iron Fist Brewing Company
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$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar ]
1305 Hot Springs Way #101
phone: (760) 216-6500
(Place added by: HalfFull on 09-12-2010)
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vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
My wife and I visited Iron Fist since we were doing a brewery crawl of sorts in the area. Again, this is another tasting room in a warehouse where they do the brewing. There is a small bar area where you can order and sit plus a bunch of barrel tables and chairs around the space as well. They had big sheets of paper on the wall for people to graffiti if you so wish. Service was pretty good but it was pretty busy due to a bus tour of local breweries. They had 8 or so offerings on tap and the quality of all the beers I tried was very good. They offer bottles for sale to go as well. Overall, this is a pretty cool place to check out if you are in search for some good beer in the area.
03-05-2012 17:14:57 |
More by UCLABrewN84
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Stopped in here on Sunday with my good friend, Justin (JustinA1 on BA). This was the fourth stop of our San Diego beer crawl, following Ballast Point, Holiday Wine Cellar, and The Lost Abbey (in that order).
Of the several warehouse-brewery-tasting-room-bars we stopped at, this was by far the cleanest and brightest. The high ceilings and wide walkways gave it a very open, airy feel as well. The decor, though sparse, strove for the modern industrial look that's oh so trendy at the moment.
Iron Fist only had six beers on-tap, and we ended up trying five of them: Dubbel Fisted, Golden Age, Hired Hand, The Gauntlet, and an imperial oatmeal stout whose name escapes me. They were all true to style and good - nothing too risky yet. That said, there was a sign saying their first bourbon barrel-aged barley wine and first wild ale would be available in the spring. Get pumped!
We ended up chatting with the bartenders and some UCR grad students for the hour or so that we were there. It was very comfortable.
I'm expecting big things from these guys. I can't wait to visit again in a year or so!
01-13-2011 07:35:42 |
More by ThreeWiseMen
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Visited yesterday with my wife and brother and sister in-law. Located in Vista almost on the border of Carlsbad.
Walking in there is a small bar to the left and the brewing operation to the right.
Atmosphere was very good. We arrived at a little after 3pm when they opened and by the time we left at 4pm they were packed.
IF brews mostly Belgian Style beers (3 on tap when we were there), but they had a a crazy good Saison, Imperial Stout, Koosch, and double IPA on when we were there.
Service was very good considering how many folks were there.
1 sampler, 5 large pours, a bottle of Saison to go, and a pint glass for less than $40.
Next time we are down to visit family we will stop by.
04-09-2011 12:10:49 |
More by bradybeer
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
I stopped in here prior to the Lost Abbey Barrel Night as I wanted to make the drive to San Diego worth my while. Plus, these guys had opened up not long before and I wanted to check them out.
The brewery is located in sort of a secluded part of a business park, almost all the way in the back corner. They have a pretty decent open space with some tables along with a bar along with stools. All the beers are listed on a chalk board along with some "coming soon" and other brewery news, which was nice.
They had five beers on-tap, almost all Belgian styles with the exception of their kolsch. The beers were okay for the most part. Nothing that really wowed me, but none were just flat out awful either.
All of the people working their were incredibly nice. From my brief conversation, it seemed like it was a family operation with the owner being a Polish fellow and his wife helping him out.
These guys also seemed to have learned what people go nuts for quite early on. They already have a barrel aged imperial stout (in Brandy barrels, I believe), and a "wild" barrel aged Saison.
Could be interesting to see what these guys do. I'll have to come back at some point.
01-03-2011 05:59:53 |
More by womencantsail
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $
Visited 1/15/2011 with gobzilla.
Very large place hidden away in an industrial park. These guys must have started with a good sized budget judging by the size of the equipment. There are some tables and a long bar in front of the keg fridge. In the back is where the brewing and bottling equipment is.
This is a family operation for the most part. Two brothers and both parents were there. I had a good time sampling the beers and talking to the Polish mother in German. Everyone is really nice and accomodating. The brewer told us about his plans for some of the barrels and upcoming releases.
They had 6 beers on at that time and it sounds like they rotate beers regularly. I will be coming back at some point to see what's new. Actually I may go this weekend after Winter Storm.
They also sell bottles to go, but you can find them in some local shops as well.
02-02-2011 20:34:39 |
More by t0rin0
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | $$$
Two room tasting room/bar that was really really crowded when I was there.
I got the sampler and I was pretty disappointed. I only sampled beers that they don't bottle because why would I buy those at the tasting room.
All the beers were really Belgian yeast forward and muddled to be honest. I like how they try new ingredients but some were just plain bad. I don't think I finished any of the sampler beers which says a lot considering how much I love beer.
I think they need to dial it in a bit more or make some more concise decisions. Also they have a credit card minimum which is a joke.
Service was spotty because of the business so I can't judge there.
06-20-2013 22:44:42 |
More by claspada
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
First stop of a small San Diego trip with my wife. Tasting room opened at Noon, and we were the first customers (we got there early, killed 30 mintutes, and came back at noon sharp hehe)
The place is at the top of a small hill, in a corner of fairly new industrial park. The brewery itself has huge vaulted ceilings, probably 50 to 100 feet high would be my best guess, given the space a very large feel to it.
The tasting area was setup well, with a several glossy menus's printed out with what was on tap. Along with several beer coasters that also had a number of the beers on them as well. There were a few pictures of their contruction, articles, and family framed on the walls of the tasting area. There are also a few bar chairs setup around barrels, and some large customer created art work along a back wall. The place was also very clean. I've been to a few of breweries now with this type of setup, and I like the atmosphere & quality of the space a lot.
The tasters were $5 for 4 tasters. We did two, allowing us try all of the beers they were serving that day (There were 7 in all) They also had some pretzels to go with the tasters, which was nice. Got to meet the Mother of the owner who was very nice and informative. Looks like they will be bottling a "Dark Day's" barrel Aged Imperial stout in two months or less, as well a Barrel Aged sour, "The Resistance"
The beers were all decent to above average, some better then others (velvet glove for example). I liked the Gaunlet IPA, as well as the Velvet Glove RIS stout, my wife really liked the Golden Tripel, but they were sold out of bottles of that. Wanted to get a growler, but those were also out of stock. I did get to see them, as a customer walked in with two to fill. They are the really nice growlers, with a pewter handle, and ceramic flip top. Looked like both handles were different too. A bit pricey though, $30 a growler empty, but only $5 for your first fill at least helps with the intial sting.
All in all, this was a great first stop though, I recomend it if your in the area.
04-04-2011 22:55:30 |
More by Retsinis
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | $$
Pretty much the normal type of brewery in san diego which is located in a business park with at least a pretty decent bar area and seating area as well. Good amount of people were chillin considering how new they are to the SD beer scene and was quite nice and brand new. The brewery employees were very nice in helping us with any beer info and graciously showed us the whole brewery and packaging area. They had a small selection with only house brews and no guest taps but the quality was average. Can't wait to see how their barrel aged offeerings will come out since they'll be maturing for a little under a year. Good luck to the iron fist brewing co definitely getting off on the right foot.
01-25-2011 03:19:26 |
More by Gobzilla
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
I went there today with my wife. After trying a couple of their bottled beers last weekend, we both felt it would be worth the drive up to visit the brewery.
It's in the corner of an industrial complex, and they have a big loading dock style roll-up door which allows a view of the tasting room and brewery behind when open.
We walked in and were pleasantly greeted by the head brewer's mother (I think she said she was his mother), who was very nice and told us about their beers and operation while we enjoyed a couple flights.
They had all of their current beers on tap (7), and all are very good. It was $5 for a flight of 4 tasters. I was hoping to get a growler, but they sold out and the current weather delayed their latest shipment. That's okay though. It'll give me a good reason to go back.
02-20-2011 01:31:38 |
More by djaeon
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | $$
Visited as part of a North County brewery tour, Iron Fist is a friendly place. There was plenty of space on a Friday afternoon at about 4pm, but the tasting area had filled significantly by the time we left an hour later. Iron Fist offers 4 oz tasters as well as full pours, with a good roster of selections to chose from. Having been a fan of their Velvet Glove, I now add Uprising, a Belgian IPA, to my list of favorites.
As do many other breweries in SD County, Iron Fist will have either a food truck or a tent to provide patrons with food. Grab a plate and make an afternoon of it!
10-28-2013 04:29:38 |
More by InfernoBoss
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