New English Brewing is not new to San Diego County’s brewing scene. They were established in 2007 by husband and wife team, Simon Lacey and Nina O’Hara-Lacey with the idea of bringing true English style ales to San Diego. Simon, from the Northwest of England, wanted to share his love of cask conditioned beer as this style was in limited supply here in San Diego. Now the style is growing and New English is on a roll winning multiple beer awards; 42 to be exact! This really showcases how amazing they truly are. To go along with all the growth, their location in Sorrento Valley has grown as well to 9,400 square feet with a new 2,600 square foot event space in the works. This new event space will be available for any kind of event you can think of as long as it involves beer of course!
Not only is their space growing, but the market for their English style ales is growing as well. After establishing a strong presence in San Diego County, they are now starting to spread their distribution into LA County. New English Brewing is also going to start bottling their most popular beers like Pure & Simple IPA into six-packs in the coming months. The brewery already has their top 7 beers in 22oz bottles and finally decided it was time to expand their bottle options.
With so many fantastic brews to choose from, it was nearly impossible to choose our favorite. The Bees Knees was crisp and refreshing. Even more shocking, it is brewed with a whopping 100 pounds of organic honey! With that amount of honey, it’s sure to go down smooth! The Troopers Tipple IPA had amazing hop aroma and awesome flavor. This special beer starts off like an English IPA and slowly transitioned into a sessionable IPA. If you want to try this one, you will have to head over to their tasting room, due to its exclusivity! The Humbly Legit is a true West-Coast-Style IPA and boasts a great hoppy aroma. This is a “must try” for those hop heads out there and is one of our personal favorites! Both the Pacific Storm and Zumbar Imperial Stout were outstanding! The Zumbar showcased a rich chocolate and coffee flavor. The Pacific Storm had more of a traditional Irish stout and to make things even better was served on nitro!
We could not talk about New English without mentioning some of their classics: Pure and Simple IPA, Pacific Storm Stout, & Brewers Special Brown. The Pure and Simple IPA and Pacific Storm Stout just won GOLD at the 2016 San Diego International Beer Competition. The Brewers Special took BRONZE at the 2016 World Beer Cup! For those of you not familiar, the World Beer Cup is like the Olympics of Beer and to win a medal is a very prestigious honor.
We thoroughly enjoyed our time and tour at New English Brewing. Special thanks to Nina, Mat, and Bob for giving us a tour of their state of the art brewing facility and allowing us to invade! After tasting 10 of their delicious beers, we truly believe in their motto, “consistency and quality.” If you haven’t made it to their tasting room yet humans, you are definitely missing out and we would highly recommend stopping by soon! Cheers!
For more information on New English Brewing Co.:
Location: 11545 Sorrento Valley Rd #305, San Diego, CA 92121
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