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Friday, October 9, 2015


For breaking news on ChuckAlek brewers see the end of this blog posting. 

See list of pubs below where you can try Time Hop Porter from Samuel Adams
and Ramona's ChuckAlek Independent Brewers.
Samuel Adams, the largest craft beer brewer in the nation, recently released “Time Hop Porter,” a limited edition hopped porter brewed side-by-side with San Diego area’s ChuckAlek Independent Brewers.

ChuckAlek’s Grant Fraley and Marta Jankowska participated in Samuel Adams’ year-long program called “Brewing the American Dream Brewing and Business Experienceship.  The Ramona couple received hands on brewing and business coaching from the Samuel Adams staff.

ChuckAlek’s Grant Fraley 
and Marta Jankowska
“ChuckAlek is a terrific brewery with great potential,” says Jim Koch, founder of Samuel Adams/Boston Brewing, who started the program to help small craft breweries get a leg-up in the industry.  “When I was starting Samuel Adams 31 years ago, I wished I had expert business advice and a working knowledge of accessing capital,” he added.

As part of the Experienceship, Grant and Marta worked on a brew inspired by the ChuckAlec mission of creating old school beers for new school palates.  What resulted is “Time Hop Porter.”  At 5.3% abv, the new porter is brewed with a blend of malts to create a roasted flavor that is complemented by the citrus notes and pine character of the hops blend that comes home with a delicate bitter finish.

“Our time in Boston with the Sam Adams team was amazing—we had a great time brewing this delicious beer and the coaching we received as part of the Experienceship was really the highlight,” says Marta, who is ChuckAlek’s CEO.  “In the few days at Samuel Adams, we learned so much about business planning and moving our company forward.  The advice and mentoring is already having a positive impact on our business as we look forward to opening our next tasting room.

Try ChuckAlek’s Time Hop Porter at San Diego’s Common Theory Public House in Kearny Mesa.

Hooley’s Irish Pub
5500 Grossmont Center Dr, La Mesa

Hooley’s Irish Pub & Grill
2955 Jamacha Road, El Cajon

Coasters Saloon
744 Ventura Pl, San Diego (Mission Beach)

La Bella Pizza Garden
373 Third Ave, Chula Vista,

BBQ House
5025 Newport Ave, San Diego (Ocean Beach)

Common Theory
 4805 Convoy St, San Diego (Kearny Mesa)

2750 Dewey Rd #193, San Diego (Liberty Station)

Gaslamp Tavern
868 5th Ave San Diego (downtown)

Quad Ale House
868 5th Ave, San Diego (downtown)

Sunshine Company
5028 Newport Ave, San Diego (downtown)

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Named after our grandfathers Chuck and Alek, ChuckAlek Independent Brewers pulls some of the past into the present by creating Old School Beers for New School Palates.

Located just east of San Diego, Chuckalek Independent Brewers is Ramona’s only destination for creative, artistic, and uncommonly good historically inspired beers. We focus on brewing German-style Lagers, original-era Porter & Stout, and funky Sours for our core beer line up, and work with local culinary artisans, hop-growers, and other brewers to create exciting collaborations with historic elements. 

We are passionate about reviving old styles, but want to present them in new ways to get craft beer lovers of today excited about the historical journey beer has gone through, and how it is part of living history
Stop in for a pint or tasting flight at our Ramona Tasting Room.  We are family and pet-friendly. Bring your own food, or order off of our appetizer menu from Thai


Thursday          3:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Friday                3:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Saturday          12:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Sunday              12:00 PM to 8:00 PM

2330 Main Street, Suite C, Ramona, CA 92065

Brewery tours/special events: Go to our Events page to see the most up to date schedule.

Growler fill policy: We will fill any standard sized growler that you bring in by covering other logos with black saran wrap and placing a ChuckAlek growler sticker on the growler as per California law.

What we offer: Tasters, flights, pints, growlers, 5 gallon kegs (contact if you have a special request).

In addition to brewing collaboration and business mentoring, participants also receive access to and funding for industry events of the brewer’s choice.  Samuel Adams mentor program was launched in partnership with Accion, a leading nonprofit provider of small business capital and coaching.  Since 2008, through the support of Brewing the American Dream, Accion has lent more than $6.4 million to 625 small food and beverage businesses, which has created or saved an estimated 2,600 jobs.

ChuckAlek Independent Brewers have received microloans through the program along with Brewery Rickoli in Colorado; MateVeza in San Francisco and Roc Brewing in Rochchester, NY.  These four brewers are the first to participate in the Sam Adams Experienceship and receive funds.

The Boston Beer Co. began in 1984 with a generations old family recipe that founder and brewer Jim Koch discovered in his father’s attic.  Jim brought the recipe to life in his kitchen.  He liked what he tasted and that kitchen batch launched him on a remarkable journey.  Little did he realize that day that his homemade brew would soon become a catalyst of the American craft beer revolution.

Today, Boston Beer brews more than 60 styles of beer.  Using the traditional four vessel brewing process, BB often takes extra steps like dry-hopping, barrel-aging and a secondary fermentation known as krausening.

Although, Samuel Adams beer is America’s top selling craft beer, it accounts for only one percent of the U.S. beer market.  The Boston Beer company promises to continue advocating the growth of craft beer across America.


Media Note:  West Coaster craft beer magazine and website; North Park News, San Diego Home/Garden Lifestyles, San Diego Metro magazine and MidCity Newspaper Group media partners of Pillar to Post online daily magazine.
Members National Press Club, Washington DC. and San Diego Press Club.


ChuckAlek, a craft beer brewery in Ramona plans a tasting room and outdoor beer garden soon in North Park at the corner of University and Herman Streets, reports North Park News in its current issue.

The ChuckAlek tasting room will be in the Art Produce Building at 3139 University Avenue.  It will not serve food, however, it will be open to allowing patrons to bring food on the premises.  A good choice for tastiness is being constructed next door.  Called Tostadas, the new eatery is associated with City Tacos at 30th & University.

The new beer garden and food enterprise are at the north end of Herman Street, where each Thursday afternoon the North Park Farmers Market holds forth.

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