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Oceanside Ale Works under new ownership

Mar 5

In January, Mark Purciel decided to shut down his 11-year-old passion project, Oceanside Ale Works (1800 Ord Way. Oceanside). At the time, Purciel expected to reopen the business once he got past legal issues with his former business partner, Scott Thomas. A recent social-media post from Oceanside Ale Works announced a grand reopening event at the company’s tasting room on Saturday, March 17, signaling the expected revival of the North County interest. There’s just one thing—Purciel might not be a part of this event or anything else OAW-related moving forward.

As part of the aforementioned legal proceedings, Purciel may be required to sign a non-compete clause. That document could prohibit him from operating a brewery. Because of this, he has opted to sell the Oceanside Ale Works brand—for a whopping $250—to people he believes will do right by the business he’s built. Those new OAW stewards are Richard Bell, his fiancé Leah Dardis and brewer Lance Jergensen. Bell was looking to start a business focusing on small-batch, Mexican-inspired beers called Papi Chulo Brew Works, and was in search of a turnkey facility to take over when he met Jergensen on a related internet forum.

Jergensen is returning to Southern California, where he brewed at Pasadena’s Crown City Brewing from 1988 to 1991, before spending a decade working for New Belgium Brewing in Fort Collins, Colorado, during the formative years of iconic Belgian-style amber ale, Fat Tire. In addition to his work with New Belgium, he was one of the original brewers for the Vista Oggi‘s brewpub. He has also operated his own company, Rebel Malting, which supplied his Adelanto, California-based family business Jergensen Brewing before focusing on a largely Nevadan customer base. The most recent chapters of his career saw him heading Piegon Head Brewing and Tonopah Brewing outside Reno.

Bell and Jergensen are leasing OAW’s tasting-room-equipped facility from Purciel and, while there are plans to expand production, for now, they intend to stick with what’s worked for the business. This includes continuing to brew OAW recipes, while also endeavoring to be active, productive members of the Oceanside community. Bell would very much like to maintain a working relationship with Purciel, who he says is the face of OAW as far as he’s concerned. There is a chance that Purciel’s non-compete may be composed in a manner that allows him to be involved with OAW in some capacity in the future, but for now he has zero involvement with operations, and says he is looking forward to some time off and enjoying beer from the other side of the bar with friends.

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Iron Fist Brewing hires former Offbeat Brewing owner

Aug 11

Many were those who felt for Tom Garcia when he announced he was closing his business, Offbeat Brewing Company, last March. The Escondido shuttered following one last hurrah on St. Patrick’s Day after five years of presenting mostly English-inspired ales along with art from local creators. A former employee at nearby Stone Brewing before going out on his own, Garcia has been absent from the brewing scene since closing Offbeat, but he is making his return. Today, Iron Fist Brewing announced they have hired Garcia to serve as brewing production manager at its Vista headquarters.

“I’m very excited to have been given the opportunity to work with Iron Fist,” said Garcia in a press release. “We have great beer with a high potential for growth and innovation. I’m looking forward to helping push the boundaries of deliciousness with [the company].”

This addition comes nine months after Iron Fist brought on a new investor with ties to San Diego Padres ownership. This infusion of capital has allowed the company to look forward rather than tread water. It has also provided added visibility in the marketplace, most notably at Petco Park, where Iron Fist’s beers are readily available via multiple venues and dedicated, branded carts.

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