> HOW DID YOU GET GUYS INVOLVED IN BREWING, AND WHAT THE HECK DOES “BAGBY” MEAN? HOW DO YOU SAY IT, ANYWAY?
Bagby Beer Company is the dream-turned reality for long-term pro brewer Jeff Bagby and his wife, Dande. Jeff has worked for several large breweries and brewpubs in North County San Diego since 1997, most recently acting as the Director of Brewery Operations for the Pizza Port brewpub chain, as well as head brewer at their Carlsbad location. In his final three years there (2009, 2010 & 2011), he was awarded Large Brewpub and Brewer of the Year at the Great American Beer Festival – the single largest honor possible at a national competition. Jeff left Pizza Port January 2012 to begin working on Bagby Beer. Jeff remains one of the most awarded professional brewers in the country.
Bagby is pronounced ‘BAG-bee’.
> THE PLACE IS GINORMOUS. IS THERE A STORY ABOUT THE SPACE?
Bagby Beer is the former home of Continental Motors, a family owned and operated BMW and Saab dealership that called 601 South Coast Highway home for over 40 years before it was acquired by the Bagbys. Much of the footprint remains from the previous occupants, except for part of the south end of the kitchen and the upstairs deck. There are quite a few remnants from Continental Motors that still exist as a part of the business today, and almost all of the lumber that was removed as a part of the renovation process was repurposed as tables and other usable elements.
Aside from the footprint, almost everything else was changed to create the spaces you see today. Every single finish or fixture was replaced. Dande Bagby is mostly responsible for the finished design elements.
> WHAT’S UP WITH THE "BAGBY GREEN"?
The green was somewhat of a happy accident. The color itself is called “Paradise” by Sherwin Williams and was the color that was selected for the Woodstone™ stone hearth oven that can be seen from the street - the very first piece of equipment to land, and the very first thing with any color.
The vintage - yet bright and modern - tone of the green became integral to the design.
>WHERE DID YOU FIND THAT WALLPAPER/LIGHT FIXTURE/WOOD FLOOR/BAR STOOL?
Send us a note if you’d like to find out more about where we sourced our finishes/fixtures/furnishings. We’d love to share.
> HOW COME I CAN’T GET A SERVER AT ALL TIMES IN ALL AREAS? ORDERING FROM THE BAR IS A BUMMER.
There is always at least one of our service areas that features traditional table service, and there usually is at least one spot set aside for more casual bar service. Some folks like the simplicity of self-service, even if it means waiting a few minutes to chat with one of our knowledgeable bartenders.
The size of Bagby Beer brings a lot of opportunity, and also presents some challenges. We’ve worked hard to balance the needs of our guests with the right staffing levels, and we continue to refine, adapt, and adjust accordingly!
We hope you won’t hesitate to reach out to any one of our team members if you need anything, and we will do our best to accommodate, get you what you need, and be sure you are having a great time. And, if table service is just what you need, no problem! It's easy to make a reservation and we'll do whatever we can to make it happen.
> YOU HAVE SO MUCH ROOM! IF I JUST SHOW UP WITH HOWEVER MANY PEOPLE I WANT, THAT’S NO BIGGIE, RIGHT? YOU GUYS GOT THIS, DON’T YOU?
Even in spite of our admittedly super-human abilities to handle all the things, we just can’t seem to figure out how to see around the corner or consult the crystal ball to predict the unpredictable.
Please, we beg of you: don’t show up with 20 or 30 (or more…) people and wonder why we’re scrambling to figure out where to put you! Even if we can find space for you to gather (we’ll certainly try), there’s just no way guest service (for you and for everyone else) can be maintained to our standard.
Trust us, we want you here, and we want you to have a great time. So, we gotta work together here: help us help you! Just send us an email and let us know. If it’s peak time, and we are already going to be super busy at the time you’re interested in showing up, your options may be limited, unfortunately. The last thing we want is for you (or anyone in your group) to feel like you aren’t getting the attention and hospitality you would normally receive at Bagby Beer, or for us to feel like we can’t do our jobs well.
So, if you have a group you'd like to let us know about, fill out our reservation form and we'll get back to you right away. If you have a larger party, that's great - you can let us know here. We really appreciate your help and understanding!
Also, you may not know that we are licensed beverage caterers! If you'd rather keep the party at your place (or your rented venue) we can help with that. Check out the Bagby Mash Up page, or send us a note!
> ALL THIS OPEN SPACE, IT FEELS LIKE A PARK OR PLAYGROUND! CAN I BRING MY DOGS, CATS, BIRDS, AND KIDS AND LET THEM GO WILD?
Yeah, we totally understand the urge to roam free mentally, while your kid/dog roams free physically. All this open space, and kind of enclosed, sorta feels like a playground or a park. Ahhh….
But, it’s not.
Sure, it’s totally okay if you hang out in the garden. In fact, we encourage it. And, we are proud of our kid- and dog-welcoming atmosphere! What we can’t get down with are packs of small mammals racing about, kicking a soccer ball/ throwing sand/tossing a Frisbee/playing catch/battling over tug-of-war in the middle of space that’s really meant for everyone to enjoy. And as much as you're likely to be enjoying your beer, escaping in to a modicum of peace and quiet, while your kid or dog absconds around the corner to rage freely and out of sight, the rest of us – who came here to relax or visit with a friend - aren’t in to that so much.
It also can be dangerous for small creatures to be out of arm’s reach, considering the often very busy nature of our business and all (read: hot food, brewing equipment, trays full of beers and handmade cocktails, Coast Highway, and concrete stairways, to name a few, do not mix with unattended little ones). Please keep your dependents (be them human or otherwise) within reach. If we have to “remind” you or your offspring how to behave, we’ll be forced to add a hefty service fee* to your bill that’ll make your baby/dog sitter seem affordable.
*not really, that part is a joke
WHAT'S YOUR POLICY ON GROWLERS? WHY IS THERE SO MUCH FUSS HERE?
We fill growlers! Growlers are a great way to enjoy our beer away from the brewery! But, we take great care in the type of glass we use as it can have a huge impact on the beverage that is inside of it. So, we only fill growlers that are:
1. Clean and beer-ready (please, no stinky growlers!)
2. Either flip top glass (like ours) or screw-top stainless steel containers (like hydro-flask)
3. Complete, with all of their parts (we do not stock replacement tops or other growler components)
If you bring in a growler with another brewery's branding we'll conceal it for you as is required by the people that make and enforce the rules about these kinds of things. Remember, in most cases, you'll want to drink and/or share your growler's contents ASAP (no more than 24 hours, ideally) to ensure you are getting the freshest, most tasty beer from us. Let us know if you have questions!
CAN I CALL YOU? WHAT IF YOU DON'T ANSWER?
Yes, you may call us: 760-512-3372
And, apologies in the case we can't get right to your call! We always do our best to get to the phone when it rings, but sometimes the immediate needs of the biz take precedence. Please understand we DO want to hear from you and that no call goes unnoticed. If we can't pick up when you call, please leave a message (we receive your voicemail via text and email right away - fancy, right?!).