Reckless Brewing – Mira Mesa

Reckless Brewing 

 reckless2What started off as a possibly good review ended up being a sad review. We stumbled upon this little brewery as one of our stops on our Mira Mesa tour. Reckless is located across from the mega brewery of Ballast Point at 9040 Carroll Way #8, San Diego, CA 92121. They are a small 1.5 barrel system that keeps 12 rotating unique beers on tap.

Ambience – Think garage brewery. Very casual. A bit sloppy looking. Didn’t feel very clean. The beertenders were great. Very knowledgable & passionate about the company. The owner was pretty rude (more on that below.)

Beers – Their 12 taps all have very unique flavor profiles. This is kind of their schtick, off the beaten track flavors. The ones I really liked;

What’s All This @ 5% – a mild pale ale infused with Earl Grey Tea. It had a mild bergamot flavor and was refreshing

Golden Boy @ 7.5% it was a really well balanced IPA with a nice citrusy flavor.

The beers I thought were terrible

Coconut Mead @ 10% cloying and very very sweet. It is fermented with honey & coconut but the flavors were so strong that was all you could taste.

For Goodness Sake @ 10% – brewed with rice and a splash of raspberry. Just tasted odd all the way around.

The rest were just ok.

I always like to give breweries a second try to be fair but the owner was so rude. He was not interested in answering questions. We were standing at the makeshift bar and he basically told us to move off of the bar and get out of the way. There was no where else to sit. He sort of had that artist snobbiness.


Food – No food. They had hotdogs and popcorn on this day because it was their anniversary but by in large they do not offer food trucks.

Overall – Ehhhh. Didn’t love it to begin with and then with the rudeness of the owner and the mediocrity of the beers I will be crossing this one off our list.


Bolt Brewery

Bolt Brewery

During our outing in La Mesa last weekend we also visited Bolt Brewery. Bolt has 2 breweries. The one we visited and another, with a restaurant in Little Italy. I love going to areas where breweries are within walking distance of each other. This one is just down the street from my previous review of Helix.

This is actually Bolts second round of starting a brewery. They began in Fallbrook in 1987. But, according their website, they couldn’t brew beer fast enough and eventually went out of business.

Jump forward to present day. Clint Stromberg and his business partner Molly Rust reopened what they call  Version 2.0 of Bolt Brewery

Stromberg along with his team of brewers Chris Angel (Head Brewer), Josh Ferracioli and Nick Pankow are steadily brewing at Bolt. Operating at 10-barrel system Clint built in 1995 in Budapest, Hungary, Bolt will produce roughly 2,000 barrels of beer annually. Though

boltAmbience – Cool beer garden space in a Quonset hut. All outdoor seating. The beertenders were very friendly. No indoor seating but plenty of shade.



The actual brewery is pretty cool with copper kettle. It is a 10-barrel system that Clint built in 1995 in Budapest, Hungary. They are producing roughly 2,000 barrel annually.

Beers – Solid beers. Nice finish. Some inventive styles.

We tried the following;

Imperial Pilsner @7.0% This was our favorite. Crisp and clean with a great finish.  Nice and citrusy

Hard Pressed Orange Ale @ 5.2%  (affectionately known as the Manmosa) Infused with real oranges. Sweet and tart. It was pretty refreshing on a hot day. I really liked this at first but was glad I only got a taster. It was a bit cloying towards the end.

Dan Stouts on Nitro @ 7.6% My second favorite. Double chocolate Imperial Stout. Nice nutty flavor. Great finish. Nice on the palate all the way back

Imperial Stout on Nitro @ 9.1% – I liked the Dan Stouts much better. This stout seemed to be all flavor up front with little finish

Belgian Dubbel @ 7.1% – Not a big fan of Belgians in the summer. They are typically way to sweet for me but this was a good light Dubbel. Clean finish with nice flavors of cherry and fig.

zqFood – Zia Quesadillas was the vendor. we were starving by the time we got here. The sirloin quesadillas was scrumptious. The salsa was good and the Enchilada was fair.


Overall – Fun place. Totally going back. I am anxious to try their Little Italy locations. The beers were good, some were very good. The ambience was fun. They have bands on the weekends so just check their website for events.

About the brewer – Clint considers himself a session beer specialist, the veteran of more than 29 years hopes to craft a little bit of everything — ales and lagers ranging from a proper pilsner to pale ales and stouts.

Misc. $5 flights on Tuesdays.