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Imperial Beach project site goes from Ironfire to Mike Hess Brewing

Jul 6

An artist rendering of Mike Hess Brewing and City Tacos’ future shared venue in Imperial Beach

Two weeks ago, I wrote an article detailing a future tasting room for Temecula-based Ironfire Brewing Company in that community’s commercial Old Town area. I also included a note about another project Ironfire’s ownership believed themselves to be involved with in Imperial Beach, a collaborative venue conceived for installation at 805 Ocean Lane. At the time, I was aware that San Diego’s Mike Hess Brewing was working on a project in IB, but unbeknownst to both myself and the owners of Ironfire, that venture will be located at the very same spot, thus nullifying a taste of Temecula in San Diego County. Today, MHB owner Mike Hess sent an official press release this afternoon outlining a future shared satellite for he and partner Gerry Torres of City Tacos.

Designed by OBR Architecture and projected to open in 2018, the Imperial Beach venue will encompass a two-story indoor bar with seating for 75 visitors, plus a communal outdoor patio capable of accommodating an additional 110 patrons, outfitted with fire pits and an assortment of common brewery-venue games such as cornhole and giant Jenga. Like the projects discussed by Ironfire, the 4,300-square-foot venue will be constructed out of repurposed and reconfigured shipping containers.

This will be MHB’s fourth location—it currently operates a full-scale brewery in North Park, smaller production facility in Miramar and satellite tasting room in Ocean Beach—and the first to include an on-site food component. City Tacos plans to roll out a menu that will include tacos, tostadas and “reimagined small plates found on rich culinary history”. The venue is expected to be open seven days a week.

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3 Responses to “Imperial Beach project site goes from Ironfire to Mike Hess Brewing”

  1. […] Not Ironfire, Hess Brewing is teaming up with City Tacos to bring you a unique location in Imperial Beach. Just steps from the pier, hoping to be open in early ’18.  Story found here. […]

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  2. Mark M

    The location of the two projects are not in the same spot. The Shipping Yard project with Ironfire is at the corner of Seacoast and Date. The Mike Hess/City Taco Project is in a different location just a half a block to the southwest.

    • Brandon Hernández

      Hi Mark, According to Mike Hess Brewing ownership, reports of the Shipping Yard project are erroneous, and MHB and City Tacos will, in fact, be taking this project site. Cheers, Brandon