Manzanita Brewing for a friend's birthday. The people at Manzanita were as nice as could be. The beer flowed and the waitresses made sure that anyone who wanted a beer always had a beer. After the party I was told that Manzanita had not charged for the space, relying on beer sales, and the waitresses worked only for tips. What a great way for Manzanita to build goodwill.
I haven't had too many Manzanita beers. Its IPA is drinkable, but it won't get confused with any of the better IPAs around San Diego. Its 9% brown ale was sweet, malty and approachable. I recently had a bottle of its Lazy Saison. This was a decent beer, not a great saison, but one I'd gladly drink again. Its double IPA is is supposed to be very good. Manzanita is doing something right. I am seeing its bottles at more stores and its expanding to a new location in the near future. With the goodwill it's building at its tasting room, Manzanita's growth is not a surprise. Its attitude made me a fan.