Hop Dogma Brewing Company is the newest brewery located near California’s Highway 1, just blocks from the ocean on the San Francisco Peninsula. The brewery has a tasting room on the first floor of a small building, with large picture windows that lookout on to “downtown” El Granda, and have a glimpse of the Pacific Ocean in the distance. The bar at Hop Dogma is on the small side and can only seat eight or so people, however they also offer table seating with a mix of hightop and regular tables that can seat four or more people, all of which can view the single big screen TV located in the tasting room.
Hop Dogma Brewing Company was started by friends Dan Littlefield and Ethan Martini, who got their start brewing beer for family and friends, as well as themselves, on a small 5-gallon brewing system located in the basement of Dan’s house. After talking often about scaling up their brewing they finally came across their El Granada location and decided that it was the right location for their nano brewery.
Hop Dogma’s house beers are often rotating taps that they dedicate to experimental beer recipes that vary in type and taste. However, Hop Dogma often keeps regular beers on tap including A-Frame IPA, Bridge & Tunnel Bitter, Flynn’s Liberty Stout, Purisma Saison, and Theodora’s Mosaic Pale.
Hop Dogma Brewing Company – Bottom Line
Hop Dogma is a great find, they have lots of high-quality tasty brews on tap and since they often have a large number of rotating “experimental” beers on tap, it is often a completely new experience every time you go. The owners and brewers, Dan and Ethan, are often on site and are very friendly and love to chat about their beer and the process to make it. From a style and hopiness perspective, their beers are somewhat all over the map, which is nice considering many of the newest breweries that we have been to seem to focus on one particular beer or style and make one off variations of it, such as sour, strong, or belgian beers. While this is great if you want attract a niche crowd, it makes it hard to go to brewery with friends or your spouse, if they do not enjoy those types of beers, so having a wide selection is good.
Since getting to Hop Dogma is likely a trek for most people due to it is out of the way location on the coast in El Granda, you should make a day of it and visit the other nearby breweries, Half Moon Bay Brewing Company and Highway 1 Brewing Company. So the bottom line on Hop Dogma Brewing Company is that you should go, and try their A-Frame IPA or the Purisma Saison.
Hop Dogma Brewing Company Overview
|Brewery Type:||Nano Brewery and Tasting Room|
|Our Favorite Menu Item:||N/A|
|Operating Hours:||Monday – Wednesday: Closed for Brewing & Maintenance
Thursday: 3:30 – 10pm
Friday: 3:30 – 10pm
Saturday: 3:30 – 10pm
Sunday: 1- 7pm
Hop Dogma Brewing Company Beer Selection
|Beer Styles/Types:||A-Frame IPA, Bridge & Tunnel Bitter, Flynn’s Liberty Stout, Purisma Saison, and Theodora’s Mosaic Pale|
|What to Drink:||A-Frame IPA & Purisma Saison|
|Guest Beers On Tap:||Yes|
|Cider On Tap:||No|
Getting To Hop Dogma
|Address:||30 Avenue Portola – Suite 1B, El Granada, CA 94018|
|Nearest City/Town:||El Granada, California|
|Location:||San Mateo County, California|
|Phone:||(650) 560-8729||Facebook:||Hop Dogma Brewing Company Facebook Page|
Hop Dogma Brewing Company Photos
Image Credits: Justin Wilson