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Have a Baja Moment! Sample the Suds at Baja Brewing Company

Have a Baja Moment! Sample the Suds at Baja Brewing Company

While Baja California Norte rides the crest of a craft brew boom, with a steady stream of first-class beers flowing from the taps of Tijuana and its northern neighbors, in the southern part of the peninsula the suds scene is a bit simpler. There’s Baja Brewing Company, and then there’s everybody else.

Baja Sur’s first microbrewery continues to be the standard bearer (or beerer) for Los Cabos and environs, providing pure thirst-quenching pleasure with numerous draft and bottled brew selections, not to mention several scenic locations and tons of tasty menu options. But just as there are four elements, four seasons, and four suits in a deck of cards, the recipe for Baja Brewing Company’s ongoing popularity can be summed up in four basic ingredients: water, yeast, barley, and hops.

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Baja Brewing Company offers an excellent selection of bottled and draft beers.

Baja Brewing Company opened their first location in San Jose del Cabo’s historic Art District in 2007, and in the six years since has added two sites in Cabo San Lucas: a rooftop aerie at Cabo Villas overlooking Medano Beach, and a Marina-side restaurant nestled between Puerto Paraiso shopping mall and the high-end boutiques of Luxury Avenue. This steady growth is no accident. From its inception, BBC has been a beacon for visiting beer lovers and foodies seeking palate pleasers and picturesque surroundings.

Baja Brewing Company offers a six-pack of bottled treasures – Cabotella, Baja Blond, Baja Razz, Baja Red, Baja Black, and Baja Stout – as well as a heady selection of on beers on tap. Seasonal brews shuffle the draft deck from time to time, but consistent crowd favorites include a lovely Belgian-style Witbier; a dark, chocolatey Escorpion Negro Schwarzbier; a rich, creamy Oatmeal Stout; and a Peyote Pale Ale that will satisfy the most discerning of Northern California hopsters.

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Stunning Land’s End views are among the many delights on tap at Baja Brewing Company’s rooftop location at Cabo Villas.

Menu options at Baja Brewing Company range from casual fare and mesquite fired gourmet pizzas to fine dining selections. Savory starters include Champagne Corn Bisque and Seared Ahi Tuna Salad, and seafood lovers will also want to sample salty delights such as the Sauteed Red Snapper and Crusted Sea Bass. Burgers and pub-style standards like Fish and Chips and Shepherd’s Pie are excellent options for lunchtime visitors, while dinner guests may prefer to try signature dishes like the Sizzling Arrachera Skewers and Coffee Dusted Filet Mignon. Leave room for dessert, if you can. The New York Cheesecake with Seasonal Fruit is a wonderful way to cap your meal.

Over the years, I’ve developed some standard pairing options. I always match the Basil Blue Cheese Burger Feel with a pint of Peyote Pale Ale, and it’s hard to beat the superb combination of Coffee Dusted Filet Mignon and Escorpion Negro, a German-style Schwarzbier. What’s a good option for children and teetotalers, you ask? Good question. I recommend a plate of Chicken Fingers or Chipotle Chicken Wings and a glass of homemade root beer. Feel free to find your own favorites, of course. I suggest a not-so-rigorous series of trial and error tastings.

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In addition to making great beer, Baja Brewing Company also offers some of the finest food in Los Cabos.

Each of Baja Brewing Company’s sites boasts specific charms. The original San Jose del Cabo location is a wonderful spot to pop in for a cold draft beer between art gallery visits, and the warm furnishings and cozy booths of the Marina restaurant make it a great place to sample a flight of draft beers and check out the latest sporting events, or simply to enjoy fine food in air-conditioned comfort. But my personal favorite remains the rooftop location at Cabo Villas. The elevated deck overlooks Medano Beach and Land’s End, and this is a perfect spot for sunset drinks or an outdoor lunch or dinner. If the tropical breezes start to bite (a phenomenon generally confined to the month of January), ask for a Mexican blanket and relax by the fire pit with an oatmeal stout. It works every time.

 

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Baja Brewing Company: Craft Beer and a Microbrewery in Baja Sur

“Burro is a bold survivor, an independent wanderer, a hard-headed master of his terrain, and the representative ambassador of the Baja.  In homage of this noble beast, the Baja Brewing Company has been established to create great ale beers that match the splendor and majesty of our oh-so-loved burro.” Baja Brewing Company

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The Baja Brewing Company opened it’s doors in 2007 in San Jose del Cabo, the first microbrewery in the state of Baja California Sur.  The beers and food were a hit from the start and it wasn’t long before they opened a second location…and now there are three.  Just like that old and bold survivor, the burro, Baja Brewing Company keeps on truckin’ down the road to beer success.

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Want a change from Pacifico? Try the Baja Blonde. Prefer Negro Modelo? How about the Oatmeal Stout.  And there are plenty more varieties to try!

With three locations, or cantinas, in Los Cabos–just off the plaza in downtown San Jose del Cabo,  above Cabo Villas on the rooftop, and on the marina in Cabo San Lucas–Baja Brewing has become a favorite hangout among locals and tourists alike. It doesn’t take long to get to know the friendly faces of the staff and the regular patrons who come by to take advantage of the daily happy hour specials.

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Baja Brewing Company at Cabos Villas Beach Resort

The beer selection varies, featuring seasonal beers, a pale ale, and even a raspberry lager. New recipes are always in the works. The company now distributes its beer up and down the peninsula, as well as across the globe — in fact, a company in Australia recently discovered the delicious flavors of Baja Brewing Company’s beers. Look for it on menus from Loreto to Sydney.

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Where to taste a Baja brew?  Well, besides anywhere including the beach, your bed, a boat deck, etc., you can just go to the following hot spots to find craft beer and the Baja Brewing Company!

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Downtown San José del Cabo in the Historic Art District Ph 624-146-9995

Roof top terrace of Cabo Villas resort on the beach behind Baja Cantina
Ph 624-143-9199 (ask fo Baja Brewing Company)

Ground floor of Puerto Paraiso mall on the Marina (next to Ruth’s Chris and Jonny Rocket’s)
Ph 624-144-3805

What’s your favorite Baja brew? Even if you don’t have one yet, you’re bound to find one at Baja Brewing Company!

Ready for a trip to Los Cabos?  Check out our new School’s Out promotion, featuring great deals for two of the area’s premier hotels, Hotel El Ganzo in San Jose del Cabo, and Bahia Hotel & Beach Club in Cabo San Lucas. Better book now, the promotion ends on July 31st. 

Baja.com is a comprehensive online source of first-hand travel information for the Baja California Peninsula, supported by a full-service tour operator staffed by Baja locals (our “Baja Travel Savants”). We offer Baja travelers expert advice about local restaurants, hotels and vacation rentals, as well as guides, maps and articles about events, sports and activities. We provide bilingual customer support, information and sales seven days a week, 365 days a year.  For more information, please call toll-free (US/CAN) 855-BAJA-411 or email us at info@baja.com.

 

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Baja Brewing Company: Baja Sur’s One and Only Microbrewery

By Meghan Fitzpatrick

The Baja Brewing Company is Baja Sur’s only microbrewery, but with seven staple beers and an assortment of seasonal draft offerings, you are guaranteed to find something you like.  Want a change from Pacifico? Try the Baja Blonde. Prefer Negro Modelo? How about the Oatmeal Stout. They have more than enough choices to suit any beer-drinking palate.

Inside the brewery

With three locations, or cantinas, in Los Cabos–just off the plaza in downtown San Jose del Cabo,  above Cabo Villas on the rooftop, and on the marina in Cabo San Lucas–Baja Brewing has become a favorite hangout among locals and tourists alike. It doesn’t take long to get to know the friendly faces of the staff and the regular patrons who come by to take advantage of the daily happy hour specials.

Baja Brewing Company opened its first brewery in San Jose del Cabo in 2007, among the historic art galleries of the colonial town. In 2009, the company expanded to a second facility in Cabo San Lucas–the Cabo Villas Rooftop location– and in 2011 they opened a third location in Cabo San Lucas on the Marina. They also brew their beer at a production brewery in Mexicali.

The beer selection varies, featuring seasonal beers, a pale ale, and even a raspberry lager. New recipes are always in the works. The company now distributes its beer up and down the peninsula, as well as across the globe — in fact, a company in Australia recently discovered the delicious flavors of Baja Brewing Company’s beers. Look for it on menus from Loreto to Sydney.

The founders

Jordan Gardenshire and his father, Charlie Gardenshire, Rob Kelly, and David Hatfield–four lovers of beer and Baja–together created the Baja Brewing Company.

Jordan’s love affair with brewing beer started in his college days in Colorado when he started experimenting with different ways to home brew from inside his apartment. It wasn’t long before Jordan was became an accredited brewer and member of the American Brewers Guild. In addition to his brewing expertise, Jordan also acquired a considerable amount of business expertise managing and and running a franchise business in Boulder, Colorado. His combined brewing and business expertise made him a perfect founding partner of Baja Brewing Company.

After Jordan started his work on Baja Brewing in Los Cabos, it wasn’t long before his father, Charlie, wanted in on some of the action and fun his son was having in Baja. Charlie moved to Los Cabos about a year after Jordan to help his son get the ball rolling with Baja Brewing. Charlie joined the Baja Brewing Company team with an impressive resume, boasting an extensive background in both marketing and international tourism.

The next person to want in on the Baja Brewing action was Rob Kelly. Rob joined the Baja Brewing team with experience in restaurant design and management. Like Jordan, Rob joined the team after having lived in Boulder, Colorado for many years. In Boulder Rob managed a very successful restaurant and bar–one of the most popular college bars in Boulder. After visiting Los Cabos, Rob was excited to start a restaurant and bar with the great food and atmosphere he knew in Boulder.

Lastly (but certainly not least), David Hatfield joined the Baja Brewing team in Los Cabos. After having lived in Cabo for many years managing a fishing fleet, David found himself with itchy feet and seeking new challenges. David joined the Baja Brewing crew and the rest is history–together the four of them founded the Baja Brewing Company.

Where to taste a Baja brew

San Jose del Cabo - The San Jose del Cabo location for Baja Brewing Company is located at Morelos 1227, San José del Cabo, BCS, México and is open seven days a week from noon until late at night.

In addition to the brewery located at the San José, there is also a full restaurant and bar, as well as a stage for live music performances–they feature live music from 10pm onwards on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Their menu includes classic pub fare like burgers and fries or fish-n-chips, and other mains like sea bass, filet mignon, shrimp or pasta dishes. All three Baja Brewing locations have what is arguably the best pizza in Los Cabos. Their dough is made with a secret ingredient – beer, and topped with barley. Try it at any of the three locations and see what you think.

Cabo Villas  - The Cabo Villas cantina is located on the rooftop of the Cabo Villas Resort at Callejon del Pescador S/N, El Medano Ejidal, Cabo San Lucas, BCS, México. Overlooking Medano Beach, it has one of the best views in all of Cabo and has been the host to countless wedding receptions as a result. The menu here is basically the same as the San Jose del Cabo cantina; Friday Prime Rib night is a popular affair. Live music plays on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The Cabo Villas BBC is open daily from 8 a.m. until 1 a.m. with Happy Hour from 4-6 p.m.

Marina  - The newest of the three Baja Brewery locations is situated right in the heart of the Puerto Paraiso shopping mall, across from La Europea and Ruth’s Chris, look for the big donkey statue if you are coming from the Marina. Menu specials vary slightly from the company’s other two locations. The Baja Brewing Company’s Marina location is open daily from 8 a.m. until 1 a.m., and has live music Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

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Baja.com is a comprehensive online source of first-hand travel information for the Baja California Peninsula, supported by a full-service tour operator staffed by Baja locals (our “Baja Travel Savants”). We offer Baja travelers expert advice about local restaurants, hotels and vacation rentals, as well as guides, maps and articles about events, sports and activities. We provide bilingual customer support, information and sales seven days a week, 365 days a year.