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Cerveceria Wendlandt in Ensenada

Written for Baja.com by Kristin Díaz de Sandi of Life & Food.

Kristin Díaz de Sandi’s Life & Food blog, created in conjunction with her husband Antonio, has helped drive recognition of the gastronomic resurgence of Baja California.  She and Antonio have merged efforts with colleagues Bill Esparza and Jason Thomas Fritz to create Club Tengo Hambre, a roving supper club, that explores food and wine cuisine in Baja.

One of Ensenada’s newest additions: A Gastropub that features locally brewed craft beers and a menu to complement the beverages.

 


The weather in Southern California and Baja has been exceptionally warm this year. It is technically fall now, but the weather doesn’t show anything for it. I do have to say though, that the sunsets have been impeccable lately. The drive down the coast to Ensenada in the early evening boasts the most beautiful sky. It looks as if there are numerous paint brush strokes on a never-ending canvas, and the colors, whew! don’t even get me started. We are so fortunate to be able to witness such beauty, nearly all year long.
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With the warm weather carrying into the night, one can really begin to get thirsty. Located in Ensenada, Cerveceria Wendlandt will not only quench that thirst, but it will curb your hunger as well. They have been open for just seven months now.
The exterior of the building has nice clean modern lines, with metal accents, and dons the big “W.” The interiors are so warm and inviting, with exposed brick walls, and little details such as their chandeliers made from glass bottles. Even, the bathrooms tie into the overall theme, with artwork, and more glass bottle decor.
Naturally your eye will carry on to the back wall, where you will again notice the Wendlandt logo:  We learned that the “W” shape was developed from the way that the two beer fermenting units look side by side.
Brewmaster Eugenio Romero-Wendlandt was a complete pleasure. He walked us through the process of how they brew their beer there, and all about the different types that they serve. I have never thoroughly had the process explained to me, so it was truly a delight.
They offer 80-100 different beers on their menu, ranging from their own brews to other local Baja breweries, and even a couple from San Diego breweries. They also carry a variety of worldwide beers, as well as some US domestic ones. There is something for everyone, and If you aren’t an avid beer fan, they also offer a few different wines, including their own Tempranillo.
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After being whisked through the process of brewing, and learning about all of the different types offered, it was time to sit down and taste them for ourselves. We were presented with beer flights, a trio of sliders, and a few different tostadas. The kitchen is run by Chef Krista Velasco, who gladly told us about how they only use fresh and local ingredients to prepare the dishes. You won’t find a freezer in their kitchen, and all of the produce must be in season, or you won’t see it on your plate. 

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I began with the plate of tostadas. The four that we were presented with were a tiradito with soy sauce, ginger, and onion, a vegetarian, shrimp aguachile, and a braised rib one. If I were to play favorites, it would be between the braised rib, which was braised in beer for 8 hours, and the bright and refreshing shrimp aguachile. The variety of tostadas were washed down with beer samplings of Tijuana Guera and Wendlandt’s own Summer Ale. 
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The trio of sliders came next, which also shared the plate with freshly cut truffle fries and a sprinkling of Queso Ramonetti. The ultra soft potato buns automatically sparked a childhood memory for me. I had potato bread toast for breakfast, more mornings than I can count. Who doesn’t love reliving memories through food? The trio were made up of a braised ribs slider, Pork Belly with local cheese, and a beef burger. Between bites of each, we dipped the fries into house made ketchup, and an Aioli/Pesto sauce. The fries were delicious enough to be eaten on their own, but I could not steer clear of that Aioli and pesto sauce. All three burgers were divine, and each were juicy and bursting with flavor. We sipped on Agua Mala’s Marea Roja, Stone Brewery IPA, and Border Psycho’s Imperial Stout.

The portions of the food are ideal while enjoying a couple of beers. You can throughly savor each and every morsel, without feeling weighed down. The next time you are in Ensenada, or even make the trip down especially for some craft beers, Wendlandt will greet you with open arms, cold beers, and some delicious bites.
Cerveceria Wendlandt
Blvd. Costero #248, 22870 Ensenada, Baja California

Open Tuesday-Saturday
6:00pm- 12:00 am

Kristin and Antonio blog at Life & Food and you can follow them on Twitter at @lifefoodblog and Facebook.

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About Kristin Díaz de Sandi

Kristin Díaz de Sandi’s Life & Food blog, created in conjunction with her husband Antonio, has helped drive recognition of the gastronomic resurgence of Baja California. She and Antonio have merged efforts with colleagues Bill Esparza and Jason Thomas Fritz to create Club Tengo Hambre, a roving supper club, that explores food and wine cuisine in Baja.

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