A glorious fact of life that makes this blog possible for me is that I travel a lot as part of my job. about a year and a half ago, I went to San Diego across two work trips and did a series of posts about a brewery run on my last day there. The story at the time focused on a one day journey specifically in San Diego. But that definitely wasn’t the only set of breweries I went to on those two trips. Some of the most memorable brewery visits for me are the surprise trips where I stumble upon a brewery. Despite all my research of San Diego before my trips, I never really thought to look into the area where much of my actual work was being done. I was working with the U.S. Border Patrol on this set of visits, and we met each day at their sector headquarters in Chula Vista, CA. After working there a few days, one of the agents mentioned that there was a brewery literally only one block away from the headquarters office. So, of course, on the way back to the hotel that very same day, I had to stop in at Novo Brazil Brewing Co.
There was almost no indication from the road as to what the place was (which explains why I missed it on the previous days). And inside was mostly brewing equipment with a small-ish tap room area.
It was a great brewery with quality beer and several unique styles. I was especially pleased that I was able to get a bottle of their Brazilian Style Ale for the collection.
Although Novo Brazil had a goodly amount of equipment, they definitely didn’t seem big enough that I would expect to see anything from them clear across the country in Central Florida. But, guess what I discovered at my local beer stop yesterday?
Crazy… just crazy. I don’t know how they got to such a wide distribution so fast (especially in the San Diego market that is absolutely jam packed with breweries), but I couldn’t be happier for them. I hope I see a lot more from them at my local beer shop. I also hope I keep seeing more from other breweries that didn’t strike me as being the type to make it to national distribution levels. I want to experience déjà brew again and again.