Acoustic Ales Brewing Experiment – San Diego

Acoustic: pertaining to the sense or organs of hearing, to sound, or to the science of sound.

Experiment: an act or operation for the purpose of discovering something unknown.

Well if this operation was to discover how many great beers the Acoustic Ales Brewing Experiment brewery could make with rock’n’roll themed names they have succeeded in spades.

Most of Acoustic Ales’ beers have a musical connection in their names. I’m quite sure that ZZ Top would thoroughly approve of their session IPA charmingly named ‘Tush’.

Then there’s ‘The Groupie’ Belgian-style blonde, the ‘Mad Dub’ Belgian-style dubbel, and the ‘Mosh Pit’ West Coast-style red. The list goes on with ‘Run For The Hills’, ‘Hop Way To The Danger Zone’ and ‘Witte Snake’. Coming up with these names must have been just as fun as making the beers.

The brewery and tasting room are in the historic Mission Brewery Plaza — just off Interstate 5 at the Washington Street exit. It’s the oldest pre-Prohibition brewery building still standing in San Diego. It dates back to 1912 when the building was built for the original Mission Brewery. When prohibition hit in 1919 the Mission brewery cleverly starting making a soda that tasted like beer called ‘Hopski’. Unfortunately drinkers were not impressed and the brewery closed. Today as a tribute Acoustic Ales makes a pre-prohibition lager called ‘Hopski’.

Almost a century later Acoustic Ales are producing almost twenty beers in styles that are sure to please the local palate. My favorites are ‘Blondie’, a very refreshing blonde ale with hints of tropical fruit, and ‘Unplugged’, a Belgian Oatmeal Milk Chocolate Stout that goes down so easily you don’t realize that it’s 9.5% ABV – until it’s too late.

The man responsible for these inventive and tasty brews is newly promoted head brewer, Aaron Mayer. Aaron became assistant brewer in late 2013 and quickly showed his stuff. He previously worked for Mother Earth Brewery and is the Co-Host of the very entertaining and amusing online craft beer review show titled “Crafty.”

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