By Kristina Houck
A new beer tasting room will soon open in Solana Beach.
In a 5-0 vote, the Solana Beach City Council on Feb. 26 approved a conditional use permit for a craft beer bottle shop and taproom in the city’s Beachwalk Center. San Diego BeerWorks will feature a retail shop, bar and seating area, as well as a food preparation area, restroom, and storage and office space.
“It’s hard to deny the momentum of the American craft beer that we’re seeing all throughout the United States, particularly in California and San Diego,” said applicant John Holko. He and his wife, Jennifer Todd, own and will operate the shop. “San Diego really is ground zero for the American craft brew industry.”
Beer won’t be brewed on site and beer won’t be served outdoors. In addition to beer, San Diego BeerWorks will also serve appetizers and snacks.
“I think this is a great business idea. I think it fits well within the community as a whole,” Councilman Peter Zahn said. “I think the applicants are really tapping into a trend that will attract people to our community and retain people in the community. It’s a great fit with the rest of the Solana Beach business community.”
Located at 437 South Highway 101 in Suite 107, the 1,550-square-foot shop will be open from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday through Sunday.
For more information about San Diego BeerWorks, visit sandiegobeerworks.com.