The Origins of Brewery Igniter
Launching a new microbrewery is expensive and involves a level of risk some investors and entrepreneurs shy away from. Combine that with long waits for a liquor license and equipment installations, and the pressure on new brewers is undeniable. H.G. Fenton Company thought that there ought to be an easier way…
H.G. Fenton saw the intense financial pressure that small and new brewers were facing and developed Brewery Igniter as the solution. A series of turnkey brewing facilities, each Brewery Igniter space features state of the art, fully functional brewing systems and tasting rooms that entrepreneur brewers can use to reduce their upfront capital investment and get their beers on the market and into glasses sooner. Through Brewery Igniter’s lower risk model, passionate brewers are better positioned to follow their dream and contribute to the vibrant craft beer community in San Diego. Brewery Igniter has been proven to be successful for new breweries to launch or established craft beer brands to expand capacity or try new concepts.
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You’ve got the vision and skill. We’ve got the resources.
Brewery Igniter isn’t an incubator. It’s a serious facility designed for serious beer artisans with a vision, who know how to brew and have a solid plan to launch a brewery business. Benefits member brewers can enjoy include:
- All of the equipment and space needed to launch a microbrewery, reducing startup cost and risk and expediting the path to profitability.
- Short, flexible lease terms
- The option to pay initial bills by selling product at onsite tasting rooms. In addition to a full brew house, all Brewery Igniter units come with a tasting room, bar, and plenty of space for thirsty customers.
- Quick-start brewing – as soon as brewers have their ABC license, they can begin crafting
- The ability to sell products in months, not years. In a traditional startup setting, it would take at least nine months (usually much longer) and $500,000 to lease a space, purchase and install equipment and obtain all licenses before selling a single pint.
- Brewery Igniter buzz in the community
- Multiple locations
- North Park
Three Locations, Five Breweries
Located in the heart of North Park’s craft beer scene at 3052 El Cajon Boulevard, CRAFT by Brewery Igniter is home to three exciting brewers! Capitalizing on the neighborhood’s appeal as a craft beer destination, each suite at CRAFT comes with approximately 2,000 square feet of space, a 10-barrel brew house, tap room, and everything needed to successfully launch a craft brewing business.
Pariah Brewing Company Opened their doors at CRAFT in early 2017 and is the creation of experienced local brewmaster, Brian Mitchell. Their unique use of hops and ingredients set them apart from others in the craft beer capitol.
Attitude Brewing Company, the newest CRAFT tenant, recently expanded to North Park from its original location in Barrio Logan. Built on a culture of positive vibes and phenomenal brews, Attitude Brewing aims to be a second home to beer lovers with Awesome Attitudes.
Seek Beer Co. brings its Southern roots to Southern California, with a steady stream of rotating beer releases in a wide range of styles, always offering something new to taste. Seek’s brewers embrace an attitude of “Seek adventure, seek memories, seek the things that make you happy.”
Brewery Igniter Miramar – Kové Hard Yerba Mate
Kové Hard Yerba Mate has moved into Brewery Igniter’s original turnkey brewing facility, and is the world’s first hard yerba mate company. Kové produces an organic, gluten free and vegan twist on the classic South American beverage, and takes pride in providing a “healthier for you” choice when it comes to alcoholic beverages.
Our previous tenants experienced enough growth in this space that they were able to expand into multiple locations within just a few years. Pure Project, our first Brewery Igniter tenant, continues to operate from their original facility next door to Kové.
Brewery Igniter Oceanside – South O Brewing Company
The newest Brewery Igniter location brings opportunity to the craft beer-loving community of Oceanside. Our North County location is positioned on the iconic Pacific Coast Highway, just blocks from the beach.
South O Brewing Company was founded by local home brewers as a passion project during the 2020 pandemic. With a name that celebrates their beloved community, South O’s first venture into commercial brewing aims to provide something for neighbors to enjoy and support with pride.
In Craft We Trust
H.G. Fenton Company’s Connection to the Craft
Rooted in the craft beer capital of San Diego, California, H.G. Fenton Company has a solid understanding of the brewing industry and the issues facing brewing entrepreneurs. In addition to leasing space to many of San Diego’s most prominent brewers, a number of startup operations have turned to H.G. Fenton for business space. H.G. Fenton is where San Diego business starts, and with our hometown lauded as one of the strongest markets for microbreweries in the country, we’re proud to offer brewers an innovative solution that supports the industry’s continued expansion and growth of San Diego business.