ROCK & ROLL HAPPY HOUR: North Park Beer Co.

Local Boy Makes It Big Time!

September 4, 2019

Kelsey McNair is one of the most celebrated homebrewers in the history of the world. So it’s no surprise that when North Park Beer Co. opened a couple of years ago, it was one of San Diego’s most highly anticipated newcomers. Always pursuing new and exciting beers and tasting room projects, Kelsey is a busy guy to say the least. So Jeremy and Ken finally hogtied him and threw him into the Alt 94/9 van and brought him to the studio. It’s a win-win for everyone! Listen in!

  • Bird Park Bohemian-style Pilsner Won a Bronze at the GABF. That’s great, but more importantly, this smooth operator will slap the current heat wave into next Tuesday. 
  • Art Is Hard Hazy IPA Launched two years ago for North Park festival of the arts Bright and juicy but leaves you wanting more. Kelsey was admittedly reluctant to jump on the hazy train, but he finally did. The results? Voted “Hazy of the Year” by WestCoaster magazine. Well done, sir.
  • Hop Fu IPA This beer, according to Kelsey, is the reason why North Park Beer Co exists. The most decorated homebrew of all time, Kelsey started brewing this outstanding IPA in his kitchen 10 years ago, and the rest is history. The best IPA we’ve had in a long time.
  • POG-ocito The “POG” refers to the massive amounts (800 pounds per 15-barrel batch!) of passion fruit, orange and guava infused into this beer. The “-ito” in the name is, rather ironically, the Spanish suffix for something little. Hmmm. What do we say? We’re speechless. With only four kegs left at the tasting room we will say this: GET IT NOW!
  • Macaroons Before Dying The base beer for this rare treasure is Death Before Dying, which was designed for other flavors to be layered and layered and layered upon it. Think coconuts. LOTS of coconuts. We’re talking pounds of coconut per GALLON (not barrel). It’s no wonder that a line formed around the block when this whale was first released. If you know someone with a bottle, become their best friend now to ensure that you’re able to sample a little during your lifetime.