Philosophy

Our core line-up focuses (non-monogamously) on aroma-driven, complex, flavorful, sessionish beers. We often brew hybrid styles, combining the features we like from established categories to create new, Island-Of-Doctor-Moreau-style mash-ups.

We have an outrageously tasty stable of year-round offerings, monthly special releases, and rotating seasonal beers, as well as tons of special release and one-off batches, from hazy IPAs, to barrel-aged sours, to decadent imperial stouts.

Recent additions to our growing portfolio of beverage-magic include an entire warehouse--appropriately dubbed the Fortress of Raditude--dedicated to barrel-aging & special project beers, as well as fully operational brewing battle-stations in DTLA and Portland.

Our tasting rooms are where we test different concepts, from variations on our core beers to experimental pilot batches. You should totally come hang out sometime.

Rowell

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. Modern Times is named after a beautifully crazy utopian community founded in 1850 (see “Modern Times was..” for the full explanation), and (almost) all of our beers are named after real utopian experiments or mythological utopias.

Today, we're distributed throughout Southern California, Arizona, Nevada, and the Pacific Northwest. In addition to our flagship brewery in Point Loma, we now have brewery/restaurant locations in Los Angeles & Portland, as well as a tasting room in San Diego’s North Park neighborhood. A bit further down the line, we’ll be opening restaurants in Santa Barbara and Encinitas, as well as a brewery/restaurant/cafe/swim club megaplex in downtown Anaheim. As of 2017, we’re also 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.

Tasting Room

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.

Long Island House