Rancho Bernardo 3/23/15
Abnormal Beer Co. is set to release their first (and highly anticipated) beer to the public. A brewery since Fall of 2014, ABC will be be releasing its first beer “5pm Session IPA” on
Tuesday March 24, 2015 due to unforseen circumstances with Alcohol Beverage Control label approval this beer’s release has been postponed indefinitely pending approval.
Head Brewer Derek Gallanosa gave Craft Beer Tasters some exclusive insight about his first ABC creation. “Hey, it’s the late afternoon and you’re yearning for beer. Perhaps an easy drinking, low bitterness, hop forward glass of liquid patience while you wait out the traffic? Enjoy the 5pm Session from Abnormal Beer Co, a 5.2% Session IPA that’s tropical forward, emphasizing the aromatic qualities of hops from the North West region of the country. So say, “Hope you’re having fun” to those waiting on the 15, while you have a glass of the 5pm Session and are having a muuuuch better time.”
Also happening this Tuesday is the advent of a new happy hour menu at The Cork & Craft. If you’re unfamiliar with The Cork & Craft or Head Brewer Derek Gallanosa what follows was
originally published 9/10/14 on this site.
Cork and Craft in Rancho Bernardo promises to be many things. A fine dining establishment. An urban winery. A craft beer oasis. Given its location, a business park in Ranch Bernardo, “oasis” is definitely a good descriptor. It will have many handles of craft beers from around the world, to be certain, but it is their house beers that this observer is most excited about. Former Karl Strauss brewer Derek Gallanosa is back where he wants to be: in the brew house.
I first met Derek at a “Meet The Brewer” event I helped produce a few years back. It has turned into an inside joke amongst he and I as Derek, technically speaking, was no longer brewing at Karl Strauss when he showed up for their meet the brewer event… posing as a brewer. He had moved out of the brewhouse and into the sales side of the operation. Having no one able to attend on the brewery’s behalf, Derek stepped up to the plate, stretched the truth a bit, and really represented Karl well. We hit it off at that event, mostly because I had done some research and had an encyclopedic knowledge of him before he showed up. Essentially, I had found an obscure blog that Derek had once participated in, and it had his likes, dislikes, and life story. Let that be a lesson to you out there, the internet is forever! Since then, I must say, Derek and I have been San Diego Beer Friends. From bottle shares, to beer brunches. Trips to Ensenada’s Baja Beer Fest, and many a festival in-between. I am objective in my writing, but I freely admit, I am proud of Derek’s newest task at hand. Derek has a passion for life. Most of what he does, he does at the highest level. When he saw he was gaining weight he educated himself and became his own nutritionist. His golf game has the handicap and trophies to back up the smack talk. His home brew is award-winning. Though multi-talented, his passion for beer is most evident when discussing brewing. You definitely tried some Pintail or Red Trolley brewed under his tenure at Karl Strauss, but maybe you have also had his award-winning home-brew “Peaches & Cream” which lead him to brew a small batch at Ballast Point that was on draft at their Little Italy location, and maybe you saw him throw the opening pitch at a San Diego Padres game (it was the grand-prize).
I recently was invited by Derek to take a tour of his new home away from home. I was greeted upon my arrival by Derek who explained that he also serves as Beer Curator for Cork & Craft, in addition to his role as Head Brewer for The Abnormal Beer Company.
As Beer Curator he is responsible for the beer program, from draft to bottle, the beers on hand were secured with food pairings with the house menu in mind. Derek was excited to take me to the 29 foot long bar, nestled just in front of his brew house. Excited to tell me about the beers he will be opening with on 9/18/2014 I was dizzied by the details of the bar. The detail literally stopped me in my tracks as I had to go in for a closer inspection. The look of the bar, with its sturdy wood, ornate library lamps, hefty stools, these were beautiful details, but it was the design of the power outlets that really grabbed me. I asked Derek about the outlets’ design. “The outlets are also coupled with USB ports, and are placed every few feet. Aside from people being able to charge their phones, and other personal devices, we realize that we will attract a professional crowd as we are in the middle of many office parks.” Matt DeLoach, cofounder of Abnormal Wine, Cork and Craft, and Abnormal Beer Co. commented on the issue of “detail” as it were when he thoughtfully sighed “That, unfortunately, is the curse. We live in the details.”
As we snaked around the bar, through the dining room and kitchen, and into the brewhouse, the attention to detail continued to show through. The level of detail in the kitchen was dense. Lit up naturally by a large skylight, the kitchen at Cork & Craft is where the old world feeling of brick, mortar and wood meet new world sophistication of top tier state of the art equipment laid against stainless steel, bright white subway tiles, LED lighting and a mirror finish of most every surface. The design shows a kitchen that begs for invasive eyeing. You can eat off the floor, or any other surface in all honesty, and that’s how it should be. Derek shared that the staff jokes that the kitchen is a fishbowl. Pretty exciting to see a kitchen that welcomes transparency and openness, perhaps this will be a start to a local trend.
If the kitchen is the fish bowl, than the brewhouse is the fish tank. When I use the phrase fish tank, I mean that almost quite literally as the brewhouse, nestled betwixt the kitchen and the 29 foot bar, is a floor to ceiling glass enclosure where Head Brewer Derek Gallanosa will be on display as he works in the 10 barrel brewhouse filling four x 20 barrel uniting fermentors day in, and day out with Abnormal Beer Company beers. That’s how he wants, that’s how the Abnormal team at Cork and Craft want it to be. Look at us perform our craft at the highest level. Look at the attention to detail and effort given to everything we do. All of this openness, and honesty, and high caliber humanity will be what sets this place apart. With hundred of restaurants in San Diego that offer fine dining, world class wines, and highly coveted craft beers, it is the humanity that will literally be displayed that sets Cork & Craft a part. Derek Gallanosa is as genuine a person you could ever meet. I look forward to him pouring me an Abnormal Beer Co. beer from the brewhouse he built, from the draft system that he cleans, and the beer program he curates – his fingerprints will be everywhere.