On a chilly weekday afternoon, we invaded Bolt Brewery located at 8179 Center St, La Mesa, CA 91942. The La Mesa location is on a bustling, one-way street in an industrial section of La Mesa up on a hill just southwest of Grossmont Center, and just off exit 13A (for El Cajon Blvd) on the 8 West Freeway, first building on the right. The Brew House Building is a half-dome shape Quonset Hut painted black with a red roof, with a large, white rectangular sign and a tan wood fence made of horizontal 2×4’s.
You may need to circle around the loop of Center Street & Commercial Street (both are one-way) to find parking, since there are only 2-3 spaces directly in front of the brewery, but it is well worth the effort.
The tan wood fence opens into a large outdoor courtyard and Beer Garden, where you are greeted by a sign briefly stating the House Rules. From there, you proceed forward a few short feet (the ground is level) to the bar. There are a few seats at the bar, a few picnic tables in the center of the courtyard, and additional bar-type seating at a long, tall narrow table close to the building that houses the brewery’s equipment. Additionally, a couple of TV’s are mounted above the bar and the tall narrow table for watching your favorite sports.
A bright orange board features a beer menu that listed 17 selections. Today we sampled a flight of four beers: Citra Pale Ale 5.9%, Deez Hops Double IPA 9.2%, Donator Doppelbock 8.3%, and Dan Stouts on Nitro 7.6%. This alien loved them all, and ultimately chose a small growler of Citra Pale Ale to take back to the mothership for further sampling.
The staff is super friendly and prompt, and you may run into a few of the local humans who are greeted by name and also very friendly and knowledgeable about various amenities in the neighborhood. The restroom is right by the entrance/exit and very accessible just off of a wide, level sidewalk.
An added bonus is that Bolt Brewery in La Mesa features live, local music on Friday and Saturday evenings from 6:30pm-9:30pm, and food is catered by various vendors. Be sure to check the event calendar for details on who is providing food and when.
Bolt Brewery in La Mesa is located at 8179 Center St, La Mesa, CA 91942. The hours are posted on a sign at the front gate, Mon-Wed 1:00pm-9:00pm, Thurs 1:00pm-10:00pm, Fri & Sat 11:00am-11:00pm, and Sun 11:00am-9:00pm.
Bolt Brewery also has a second location downtown in Little Italy, which is a satellite tasting room and restaurant located at 1971 India St, San Diego, CA 92102. According to their website, this location is open Mon-Fri 11:00am-10:00pm, Sat 11:00am-1:00am, and Sun 11:00am-10:00pm.
For more about Bolt Brewery, visit their website and Social Media @boltbrewery:
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