La Mesa Gets A New Brewery

LA MESA -- When city officials changed local zoning laws to allow a winery to open, it took just a few months until La Mesa's first vintage was in the barrels of the San Pasqual Winery on Center Street.

And now, just a few months later, the Jewel of the Hills is about to get its first commercial brewery. The Bolt Brewery will begin brewing Tuesday at its 8179 Center Street location.

Clint Stromberg (photo right), who began Bolt more than two decades ago before abandoning it for other brewing projects, most recently was brewing at the Mission Brewery on Washington Street. He sold his interests there and returned with his partners to his native La Mesa to restart the Bolt Brand.

"La Mesa has a special place in our hearts,'' said Molly Rust, one of the partners. "We plan on having 20 beers on tap by opening. With a nice variety of Pilsner, Stouts, IPA’s and Ale’s.''

Rust said Bolt doesn't plan on creating a food venue at its brewery, but will frequently have food trucks for special events as the brewery supplies its customers with La Mesa beers.

"We think this is a great place to start a brewery,'' Rust said.

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Comment by chris shea on August 14, 2014 at 8:54pm
I think it's pretty swell. Can't wait to see it in person.
Comment by David Stanley on August 14, 2014 at 7:15am

With some apparent exceptions, almost any change to an existing paradigm is exciting. Wineries, breweries, art galleries, et al, only increase that excitement about the Village. I remember waking up as a wee lad on cold winter mornings and discovering everything covered with snow. Exciting paradigm change. Beginning a new school year, the moment you pledge yourself to your new wife, beginning a new job. All new paradigms. Likewise with this new business. Congratulations and I certainly hope it is a success.

Comment by Batman on August 12, 2014 at 1:37pm

This is an interesting demographic shift. The contractors, masons, automotive shops and sheet metal fabricators of the La Mesa Industrial Center are giving way to wineries and breweries. We are changing from an industrious to a bohemian society.

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