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The 3Rs of Beer Consumption – Rincon Reservation Road Brewery Tasting Room Opening in Ocean Beach
The Ocean Beach Tasting Room features this mural by Native American artist Joe Hopkins of the Luiseno people who were hunter-gatherers. COURTESY PHOTO
Rincon Reservation Road Brewery’s first off-reserve tasting room, showcasing tribal art and culture, will debut on Newport Avenue on January 16. The renovated retail space will include a main bar and tasting room overlooking Newport Avenue as well as a back room.
Following a private tasting on Saturday January 15, the 3,200 square foot Tribal Tasting Room will open to the public on January 16 at noon.
Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians opened their 3R brewery in January 2020. This new OB tasting room marks 3R’s initial expansion elsewhere in San Diego.
“This is the first Rincon tribal enterprise off the reserve in over 100 years,” said Ruth-Ann Rodriguez Thorn, chair of the board of directors of the Rincon Economic Development Corporation.
Thorn pointed out that tribes like Luiseno have traditionally only invested in other people’s businesses, or have sponsored events or stadium naming rights.
“The tribes did not own and operate an actual business with their name on it,” she said. “So 3R is creating a whole new opening for the next generation of tribal businesses. “
Much planning, construction and care went into creating the newly renovated space previously inhabited by Belching Beaver. Rincon’s latest venture is more than a tasting room. It is also a space showcasing Native American culture and art.
“We have an amazing mural by Native American artist Joe Hopkins of the Luiseno people who were hunter-gatherers,” Thorn said. “They went down to the ocean to buy seafood, then they went up into the mountains when the acorns were ripe. We want people to travel with us throughout our history to where we are today. “
It is no coincidence that OB was selected by the tribe to deploy its first off-reserve activity.
“Back then, Ocean Beach was as far away as the Luiseno tribal lands stretched from the base of Palomar Mountain to the beach, which we shared with our cousins, the Kumeyaay tribe,” Thorn noted, adding, “Our l he goal is to create a national brand.
Many beers in the OB tasting room will bear the tribe’s signature.
“Some of the beer names actually derive from Luiseno language and culture, like Rez Dog Hefeweizen, a loving term meaning resilience, referring to reserve wild dogs,” Thorn said. “Another beer named Tuupash means blue and was named after a spiritual gathering place on our reserve called the Oasis. Our tribe is posting their names to start a conversation about who we are. “
In addition to having guest brewers, seasonal beers from 3R Brewery will be brought in throughout the year for patrons to enjoy.
Currently, the only tribal-owned brewery in San Diego County, 3R started at Harrah’s Southern California Resort as SR76 Beerworks in 2016. Three years later it was renamed 3R Brewery and has since sold its products at Costco and BevMo.
OB tasting room brands served from a dozen taps will include Red Rattler Amber Ale, Chief IPA, Luiseño Hazy IPA, Oasis Blonde Ale, Tuupash Blueberry Saison, Alaawaka Spiced Hefeweizen and a pair of stouts (oatmeal and coffee). Upcoming collaboration beers brewed with other San Diego breweries will also be on offer, along with beer-based cocktails including micheladas, beermosas, and “The Grazy,” a blend of hazy IPA and soda pop. grapefruit.
The latest OB tasting room does not yet have a license for food service, but an enhanced license has been requested. Former La Jolla Marine Room chef Ron Oliver puts together a menu using Native American ingredients like elderberries, mesquite, tparis beans and acorn oil. Oliver also grows food such as squash, corn, and beans for use in traditional 3R Brewery dishes like fried bread and wewish (acorn porridge).
From its beginnings at Valley Center, 3R Brewery has been named one of Hop Culture’s Top 12 New Breweries of 2021 and is quickly making a name for itself in the local craft brewing industry. Now anyone can take a trip to Rincon Reservation Road, even if they are not on tribal lands.
BRASSERIE 3R TASTING ROOM
Where: 4836 Newport Ave.
Hours: Monday to Thursday from noon to 10 p.m., from Friday to Saturday from noon to midnight and Sunday from noon to 10 p.m.
Contact: 3Rbrewery.com, 619-786-1152.