Company founder and head brewer, Simon Lacey (left), conceived the idea for a brewery focusing on classic English and American beer styles in 2007 just before the craft brewing boom was getting into high gear in San Diego. New English Brewing Company, incorporated in July that same year, is the result of that vision. Hailing from the North West of England and having grown up around pub culture, Simon developed taste for “Real-Ale”, that is, cask conditioned beer, during his formative years in rural Cheshire and Lancashire. When he arrived in San Diego in 1995, Simon realized that such beer simply wasn’t available locally. It wasn’t until 2004 that he took the leap into full time brewing, first as a brew-pub brewer, and then as the founder of New English Brewing. With the idea to fill the gap in the market for English Style Ales, New English has taken the best of the classic British styles and imbued them with the innovative mark of the US West Coast beer scene. After moving the company to the current Sorrento Valley location in 2011, the evolution of New English has continued, producing a range of new beers, including single and double IPAs, an American Red and our multi-award winning Zumbar Chocolate Coffee Imperial Stout, winner of a Gold medal for “Coffee Beer” at the 2015 GABF ®. New English continues to innovate and experiment, having added a barrel ageing program to our line-up as well as Nitro beers, Seasonal and Specialty offerings. As the range of beers has expanded, so has the brewery. Currently operating a 15-20BBL brew-house (depending on mash size) with 15 to 40 barrel fermentation tanks and bottling facilities for 22oz and 12oz in a 10,000sq ft facility with a tasting room, New English continues to grow from humble beginnings to a business with distribution throughout Southern California.
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