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Friday, Jan 18, 2013

Friendly faces and potent beers abound at Iron Fist Brewing

One-stop shopping for brews and brotherhood

By Ian Cheesman
beer Photo by Ian Cheesman

The moniker “Iron Fist” has an undeniable severity to it. To me, it conjures images of a downtrodden populace weary from totalitarian rule. It also makes me think of Robocop, which is totally awesome, but really no less daunting. If you’ve been similarly intimidated by the name and hesitant to give Iron Fist Brewing (1305 Hot Spring Way, Suite 101, in Vista) a whirl, let me assure you that the experience of drinking there is much less about tyrannical despots and more about hugging. A lot of hugging.

Iron Fist may well be the hugging-est brewery around. I haven’t collected sufficient data to make that claim definitive, but the volume of hugs I witnessed between staff and visitors during my brief stay was intriguing. Iron Fist Brewing was transparent in its value of repeat business, fostering a sense of community among its patrons. Or they’re just really needy. In either case, it made the environment warm and inviting, certainly the kind of place you’d feel welcomed during your Friday post-work ritual. 

The Iron Fist beer catalogue is well-represented in the tasting room, along with pleasant spiced reformulations to try. The Velvet Glove in particular, a remarkably silky stout, was born to be experienced on nitro here. There’s a solid variety of styles to try out, and the selections are generally kind to the hop-averse. But even if the beers were terrible, I’d still fawn over the wordplay that goes into naming them. A Belgian brew dubbed “Dubbel Fisted” is just too adorable to be ignored.

If pithy beer names and public displays of affection aren’t sufficient justification to trek to Vista, consider that Iron Fist is starting to expand its barrel-aging beers and will be bottling limited runs for sale on premises. Keep an eye on the Facebook page for the imminent release date of Dark Days, a stout aged in rum barrels from the Cayman Islands.

Iron Fist is a fantastic destination whether you seek a tasty beer or just need to be held in loving embrace* at the end of an arduous week.

(*Any manner of embrace from Iron Fist Brewing staff, loving or otherwise, is not strictly guaranteed) 


Write to ianc@sdcitybeat.com and editor@sdcitybeat.com. Ian blogs at iancheesman.wordpress.com and you can follow him on Twitter @iancheesman.




 
 
 
 
 
 
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