Modern Times Is...
…an intrepid cadre of brewers, coffee roasters, and culinary wizards that began as a 30bbl production brewery and tasting room in the Point Loma neighborhood of San Diego in 2013. Today, we're distributed throughout Southern California, Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, Utah, Hawaii, and the Pacific Northwest. Since its inception in Point Loma, the Modern Times multiverse has expanded to include a robust and ever-growing barrel program, killer new brewery and tasting room locations, and the addition of several restaurants, each serving a breathtakingly tasty menu of boundary-pushing vegan cuisine. Where are these new bastions of leisure and culinary sorcery, you ask? Great question, friend.
Our current spots include brewery/restaurant locations in Los Angeles & Portland, tasting rooms in Oakland and San Diego’s North Park neighborhood, and restaurant/tasting rooms in Encinitas and Santa Barbara. A bit further down the line, we’ll be opening a brewery/restaurant/cafe/swim-club megaplex in downtown Anaheim. No, we’re not kidding about the swim-club part.
Our coffee program has also gone full-on banana pants in the last few years, evolving from a tiny one-person operation to the critically-lauded roasting and cafe program it is today. We obsessively source and roast single-origins, various direct trade beans, innovative blends, and canned cold brew roasted by our team of coffee ninjas on a beautiful 15-kilo Giesen roaster. You can sample these caffeinated gems at our Fermentorium Cafe in Point Loma, the Invigatorium cafe in San Diego’s East Village, and discriminating coffee purveyors all over our distro areas. Want our coffee in the mail every month? You can totally do that by signing up for a coffee subscription.
As of 2017, we became California’s very first employee-owned brewery, which is a fact we’re particularly proud of.
We brewed our first batch on May 18th, 2013; our beer went on tap for the first time on June 24th 2013; and we held the soft opening for the Lomaland Fermentorium tasting room on August 9th, 2013; and our Grand Opening was September 7th, 2013.
Modern Times Was...
“Why is it called ‘Modern Times’?”, you ask, tilting your head like an inquisitive puppy. “Modern Times” was a utopian community built on Long Island in 1850 by a bunch of wild-eyed wingnuts who thought they could demonstrate to the world what a more perfect society might look like. They bartered, lived without a state, sometimes ignored the conventions of marriage (although probably not in the super hot way you’re imagining), and generally experimented with creating a less exploitative, more pleasurable world. Naturally, the whole thing eventually imploded when legit nut jobs from New York City found out about the “free love colony” just a train ride away and overran it. It’s now Brentwood, NY.
I chose to name the brewery after Modern Times because I’m fascinated by the colorful, ambitious little pockets of history that develop in the folds of progress, the forgotten little paradises that barely register in the onward rush of civilization. I also appreciate what the colonists were trying to achieve for themselves: to live, right now, in a world of enterprising, fulfilling hedonism. Hopefully, Modern Times Beer will be one of those little pockets too.
Our beers are (almost always) named after real utopian experiments and mythological utopias.