The other night we went back (yes, “back”- I had been before I started writing this blog) to BNS Brewing & Distilling Co. This is but one of the many local breweries here in sunny San Diego. This one is located in Santee, less than a half hour from downtown.
BNS is a great little start-up brewery, with big aspirations. Currently, they have only five beers on tap: a golden ale, two IPAs, a saison and an imperial stout. I imagine they will come out with more once they catch on a little more among the populace. I can’t imagine why it wouldn’t- the place has everything for mass appeal, especially in East County (San Diego): beer, cowgirls behind the bar and…country music. I’m not a fan of that last one, but I’ll ignore it for good beer.
In the meantime, they also operate a distillery out of the same space. This is a pretty impressive feat apparently since, after talking with their head distiller Andy, it isn’t easy to get a license to brew beer and liquor at the same time. From this, they hope to have gin, rum and, of course, whiskey. Any given day you go in there, you are likely to find plenty of people at the tasting bar, in their gift shop, where they also sell home brewing kits that include recipes for both their golden ale and one of their IPAs, or out on their serene patio patio, and Andy toiling away at the distillery.
As if you needed another reason to go, they also have a calendar of events that promises food trucks multiple times throughout each week and hopefully, according to the folks behind the bar, live music eventually. We were there for their weekly Taco Tuesdays event, catered by Casanova Fish Tacos. This was fantastic, as BNS doesn’t have a kitchen and, according to Andy, don’t want to. Andy says food certification and health codes are too far away from what they want to do with beer and liquor. Can’t say I can argue with them there. Go in and check them out!