When we opened the doors to our beach town brewpub on Coronado Island in 1996, we wanted it to be the kind of place where friends could enjoy great beer, a good meal, and a laid-back atmosphere.
Now, years later, our brewery's a lot bigger and we've gotten a number of awards, but we're still following that same dream: brewing exceptionally balanced beer to an ever-growing family that seeks an undeniable coastal vibe, and shares our passion for great beer.
1996 - Art of Brewing
Brothers Ron and Rick Chapman realized a long-time dream and got ahead of the craft brew curve in a big way, opening a brewpub in the heart of their hometown of Coronado on Aug. 30th. Pioneers of craft brewing, they found themselves in an industry of 1 of 5 in San Diego at that time. They worked with an original brewing system of 10-bbl brewhouse, (3) 10-bbl fermenters and (3) 10-bbl serving tanks.
1998 - Local Beer in Demand
Local retail interest for CBC beers begins to surface & kickstarts the beginning of our distribution efforts. 1st keg of Coronado Golden sold to Hotel Del Coronado.
2004 - The Bottling Begins
Started bottling on a Meheen bottling line purchased from Mud Shark Brewing Co. out of Lake Havasu, AZ. First beers bottled: Coronado Golden, Mermaid's Red, Islander IPA & Point Loma Porter.
2006 - The First Expansion
Expanded sq. footage of the Coronado brewpub and increased brewing capacity. Added (13) 20bbl fermenters pushing annual capacity between 4-5,000 bbl.
2012 - Mainland Brewhouse
Expanded production capacity with a 30-bbl brewhouse and new bottling in a 22k square ft. building on the mainland in San Diego's Tecolote Canyon area. Knoxville production facility would eventually provide enough space for an overall annual capacity of 60k barrels.
2014 - World Recognition
CBC receives the title of 'World Beer Cup Champion Best Mid-Sized Brewery & Brewmaster' along with a gold medal for its 'Islander IPA.' Brewhouse expansion continues with the addition of four 240-bbl fermenting tanks to meet the distribution demands of 22 states and 6 countries. Coronado opens up a third location in the southernmost beach city of Imperial Beach, CA.
2016 - Celebrating Twenty Years of Brewing
After 20 years of brewing award-winning beers, Coronado releases its can lineup which will mark the beginning of their new branding. Brewing is still their middle name, but Coronado wants you to Stay Coastal.
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