Local brewery’s new, larger North County HQ to debut this week as Eppig’s Brewing acquisition of a new headquarters in the westernmost reaches of Vista.
Located at 1347 Keystone Way, the newly constructed building offers Eppig 16,000 square feet to use as they wish. Having spent the past three years making do with just 1,850 square feet of pre-designed space (that was altered following selection of the suite, split into two levels with stairs separating the brewery and cellar from the cold box and a tasting-room entrance not directly accessible from the parking lot), Eppig’s ownership team was ecstatic to design an optimal, efficient layout that would serve the company now and into the future.
Eppig’s new-used 30-barrel Deutsche brewhouse is already producing beer, feeding it into a cellar consisting of three 60-barrel and four 30-barrel fermenters plus a pair of bright tanks. That setup will allow the company to brew 3,000-3,500 barrels of beer this year. That equates to nearly triple the 1,200 barrels brewers and co-owners Clayton LeBlanc and Nathan Stephens produced in North Park in 2018. But it’s just the start. With a 30-foot ceiling, the space can hold 120-barrel fermentation tanks. And having poured flooring for double the cellar currently in place, the duo could eventually produce 10,000 barrels annually at their new digs.
A grand-opening festivities, which will take place the weekend of November 16 (coincidentally, the same weekend Eppig celebrated its grand opening in North Park three years ago). Soft-open hours of operation will be 3 to 8 p.m. on Monday through Thursday, 3 to 9 p.m. on Fridays, 1 to 9 p.m. on Saturdays and 1 to 7 p.m. on Sundays.,