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Intergalactic Brewing : To Infinity and beyond!…and beer!

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For those who know me well, or even a little bit, admitting I’m a nerd is not a very big revelation. I love my comic books and video games but most importantly, I have always held a special place in my heart for science fiction. I’m completely fascinated by the vastness and wonders of the universe but even more fascinated by Jedi, smugglers and Death Stars.  Star Wars was the bread and butter of my childhood, I’ve long since lost track of how many times we watched our old battered VHS tape with the original Drew Struzan covers. During that void of 80’s and 90’s when there was no Star Wars I found my way to Star Trek and reruns of Battlestar Galactica, Buck Rogers and Alien Nation on the newly launched Sci-Fi Channel, back when they used to know how to spell correctly.

When I heard about a new brewery who would be incorporating the names and imagery of the genre that is so near and dear to my heart, I knew I would be unable to resist the opportunity to go and check them out.

Intergalactic Brewing is located at 9835 Carroll Centre Rd #108 San Diego, CA 92126. It’s a little tricky to locate but some recently added signs will keep you going in the right direction and you can probably still make the Kessel run in less than twelve parsecs.

Going to a new nano brewery is something of an adventure because you just don’t know what to expect. I’d heard some positive buzz beforehand so that was encouraging but until that liquid gold touches your lips you just don’t know what you might be in for. What I found while there was nothing short of excellent. I was optimistic the beers would be good but I didn’t have any clue they were going to be as great as they are.

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Alex Van Horne is the owner and head brewer of Intergalactic and he’s a super nice guy to chat with while I was drinking my way through a flight of his creations. Not only did he answer my silly brewing questions but he was more than happy to talk some Star Wars and what we think J.J. Abrams might have in store for the franchise. You can read a really nice article about Alex by Brandon Hernandez of the San Diego Reader here.

On my visit they had eight of the twelve taps flowing and I was eager to sample them all. The usual suspects of styles were to be found. A porter, a stout, a red, an IPA and so on, but upon taking a longer look at the beer board, I instantly had an appreciation for the names of the beers on hand. As you’ll see, Intergalactic Brewing has a theme and they stick to it.

First up was the Subspace Session Ale, an Extra Pale ale with a light 4.0%ABV, that I found to have a nice crispness to it that made for a very refreshing opening number. That first beer is what got my brain thinking that this place is different. Normally, I really don’t care a whole lot for extra pale ales, I find a lot of them to be rather ‘meh’. This had some pop to it, and it got me eager for the next round, a what a next one it turned out to be. Astro Scottish Ale, this is a 5.3%ABV was as big a surprise as I could ever image. I’ve had a few scotch ales in my time that I’ve enjoyed, but this one puts them all to shame. No hops to be found, it’s a wonderful concoction of multiple malts that makes for an almost spice bread aroma and flavor that impressed the heck out of me, a die hard hop-head. Next I moved to Orion’s Oatmeal Stout, 5.8%ABV and another style of beer that I’m usually fussy to the point of avoidance. This beer has a wonderful dark chocolate flavor and avoids the trap that usually makes me want to avoid stouts; which is that roasted flavor that I can’t stand. It’s nowhere to be found in this brew. So far we have three beers of styles that I have found to be very average in my life, and we have three beers that are defying my standards by which those styles are to be measured. What about beer number four? Space Oasis Coconut Porter, 6.9%ABV, again porters are kind of a mixed bag for me. I find some to be exceptional and others I find to be lacking. You can put this in the exceptional category, and I don’t even like coconut. It’s a very robust porter with just the right amount of coconut flavor so as to overwhelm or to be understated.
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Red Shirt #1, an English Brown Ale that comes in a 5.4%ABV proved to be another excellent example of taking my notions of what a brown ale normally tastes like and putting a new spin on it. Very tasty as well. Now move a little more into my comfort zone as I decide to try the Black Sun IPA, an 8.5%ABV monster, this is a black IPA that again avoids all the things that I don’t particularly enjoy about the black IPA style. I am specifically referring to the roasted, sometimes burnt flavor that pervades many of them. It’s not here. At all. Alex told me how he avoids that flavor and while I don’t think it’s a huge secret to most brewers, I’m not going to be the one who tells you just in case it is. Suffice to say, if you’ve been trying to find a black IPA this might be the one for you. Now here is where I made a tactical mistake that I’m still kicking myself over. I have to tasters left and I decide to save the IPA for last, that’s just how I normally roll. Now big deal right? Well, when the other taster in your hand is Reentry Smoked Ale, a 5.1%ABV rauchbier with smoked Serrano peppers… you might be able to see where this is headed. As for the Smoked Ale? My God, it’s fantastic! It’s peppery flavors are bold and assertive but you still taste the rich ale underneath. I loved every single sip of this one, it is hands down one of the best pepper beers I’ve had, and I’ve had several very good ones. So that leaves us with the Andromeda IPA, a 6.8%ABV. Listen, bottom line is I liked this beer, but by drinking the Reentry Smoked Ale first, it left me with a bad case of pepper breath (which in my house has double meaning because my K-9 life partner is named Pepper) so any subtleties or complexities of the beer went completely undetected by my wrecked palette. Alex warned me, but if you only knew the power of the dark side…

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Mr. Stinky Mouth

It was an impressive first time for me at Intergalactic Brewing. The beers are unique and creative, the flavor are bright and lively. I feel 100% confident in saying that you will find something here that fits your flavor saver just right. I’m already making plans to head back in the very near future as the pictures that Alex has been putting up on their Facebook page are impressive…most impressive. Alex Van Horne is a name to take note of immediately so you should probably all get to Intergalactic Brewing now so that you can proudly say you were there at the start.

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As I mentioned, you can find Intergalactic Brewing on Facebook and their own website. http://www.intergalacticbrew.com
I can’t urge you enough to go and check them out. You won’t be sorry.
Cheers,
Tom
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Author: hoptologysd31

Beer lover living the dream in San Diego, CA. I'm always looking to find great beers in places where I'd least expect them.

2 thoughts on “Intergalactic Brewing : To Infinity and beyond!…and beer!

  1. Did Dwight Schrute write the first paragraph? I was lost until I got to the beer descriptions! haha I’m very intrigued by this place now. I just hope I don’t end up with Pepper breath. If it’s anything like Monsieur breath – my lord! Thanks for sharing the info on this brewery! Sounds like a winner!

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