Late last October I said to my beer-drinking buddy Ed “Have you ever been to Iron Fist Brewery in Vista ? I understand they have great beers, a nice spacious tasting room and don’t often get too busy”
“Let’s go,” said Ed. Was I wrong. We hit the brewery’s 3rd anniversary bash, and as well as us there were at least 250 thirsty and hungry double-fisters sampling beers rarely seen here before.
There was the punningly hoppy Nelson The ImpALEr named after the single NZ hop used; the Belgian-style Hired Hand; Roots of Wrath – An Abbey-style quad brewed with molasses, sarsaparilla, sasfafras, blue juniper berries, vanilla bean, ginger, and sweet anise at a decimating 10.5%. The Imperial Rebellion is farmhouse ale with Motueka hops & kaffir lime leaves 9.Probably in a style that Napoleon”s troops raping Belgium in 1815 would have found familiar.
This brewery is family run under the eclectic helmsmanship of 24-year old brewmaster Brandon Sieminski, who has continued his love of Belgian-style beers to the max. But his beers often have major twists in their flavors that you certainly wouldn’t find in beers within a the range of an Exocet missile fired from Brussels. But the beers are always intriguing and well worth tasting. We guarantee you won’t be bored.