Wheat & Water One Year Anniversary Weekend



One year serving food and drink and making new friends in Bird Rock. A lot has changed over the past year, and the North End of Bird Rock has seen the addition of some great new businesses.

Stay tuned because we're putting the final touches on our new cocktail list. But since we can't wait, so we have special prices to whet your palette for the new menu.


Available Friday, November 10 & Saturday, November 11 starting at 5pm


Green Flash has hosted "Supper Club" for five years, and Wheat & Water's Chef Christian Fiol and team did a 5-course pairing on October 30th. But don't fret if you missed Supper Club because we'll have two of those entrees paired beer available over our anniversary weekend!

  • Seared Local Tuna Preserved Lemon, sprouted broccoli, pickled fennel, tonnato sauce, tangerine lace. Suggested pairing: Cellar 3 Natura Morta with Blood Orange.
  • Grilled Pork Chop Celery root polenta, cilantro pesto, caramelized grilled peach, crispy prosciutto. Suggested pairing: Natura Morta with Peach.


  • Green Flash Spanish Trampoline IPA Limited release loaded with hops including Cashmere, Idaho 7, Comet, Tahoma, Columbus & Nugget. 6.6%
  • Green Flash Imperial IPA The classic double IPA featuring Summit & Nugget hops. 9.0%
  • Alpine Duet IPA The flagship IPA with Simcoe & Amarillo. 7.0%
  • Alpine Windows Up IPA Extra dank & resinous with Citra & Mosaic. 7.0%
  • Alpine Pure Hoppiness Double IPA Special Winter Release of a West Coast IPA; CTZ Hops (Columbus, Tomahawk & Zues), Cascade, Centennial & Nugget. 8.0%
  • Cellar 3 Natura Morta with Blood Orange Barrel-aged sour ale. 5.5%
  • Cellar 3 Natura Morta with Peach Barrel-aged sour ale. 5.5%


Join us for dinner on Friday or Saturday for a chance to win gift cards & apparel!

Each night, we're raffling off two $50 gift cards and ten $20 gift cards. We'll also raffle off our navy blue Wheat & Water t-shirts, hats and patches. Want a Wheat & Water sticker? Just ask your server! For the raffle prizes, here is all you have to do:

  1. Follow us on Instagram @wheatandwater
  2. Join us for dinner on Friday or Saturday;
  3. Ask your server for a raffle ticket;
  4. Write your Instagram handle on the ticket and return to your server;
  5. We'll announce the winners via Instagram!

*Don't have Instagram? You can still enter by signing up for our mailing list.

We look forward to celebrating with you!

Introducing Wheat & Water’s New Executive Chef Christian Fiol

Wheat & Water Executive Chef Christian Fiol

Wheat & Water Executive Chef Christian Fiol

Humble. Laid back. Happy-go-lucky.

These words that aren’t normally used to describe an Executive Chef. Still, they certainly sum up the guy who’s now in charge of our kitchen, Christian Fiol. Born in San Diego, and raised in Tijuana, Christian’s love for America’s Favorite Past Time (baseball) pulled him state-side for high school and college.

“As a pitcher, I really felt like it was my responsibility to control the game,” said Christian. “So yeah, now as an Executive Chef, I feel that same pressure to manage the kitchen and the staff.”

But that’s not to say that Christian is all fun and games. After all, he came to Wheat & Water through a glowing recommendation from Mike Ground, The Patio Group’s Corporate Chef. These two have a long working history together, back when he worked as Mike’s Sous Chef at one of San Diego’s favorite restaurants, Cucina Urbana.

“Cucina Urbana is one of my favorite restaurants, and even though I had the right experience, it was still intimidating to apply. But I loved eating there so I thought, why not?” remembered Christian. “That’s where things really changed for me. I loved working there, and through being promoted each year, I got to learn and take on more responsibility. Every day I did something new, something interesting. That experience was one that made me grow as a chef.”

It’s clear that education, growth and collaboration are core concepts to Christian’s approach as an Executive Chef.

“He’s made it a point to take the time to teach and educate staff about what he wants to do in the kitchen,” said Wheat & Water’s resident jack-of-all-trades, Blake Bixel. “Christian doesn’t just tell people to do stuff, he explains why it’s important to do it that way.”

That statement really describes Christian Fiol in a nutshell. Someone who’s thoughtful, considerate and compassionate about the food he creates and the people, the customers, he creates it for.

“I want food to feel and taste familiar…comforting. That’s really the idea behind the (new) La Pitza and Potato and Leek pizzas,” explained Christian. “I really wanted to showcase my Mexican background, and experience from Galaxy Taco, in the flavors of the La Pitza. I wanted it to remind people of a really tasty burrito. And, with the Potato and Leek pizza, to make people think of a really tasty baked potato soup.”

When scanning through the small, preliminary changes Christian’s made to Wheat & Water’s menu, it’s easy to see his vision. One that balances both of his roots: Italian from Cucina Urbana and Mexican from his childhood and Galaxy Taco. All held together by the common thread of using simple ingredients to create bold, distinct flavors.

In the three short weeks that he’s been on staff, Christian’s already revamped half the menu. Introducing an exciting new grilled Spanish octopus starter, a handful of new salads and pizzas featuring house-made ricotta and mozzarella cheese.

“Christian showed Ted and I a sample that was exactly what we wanted…but took it one step further,” said Doug Ritz, Wheat & Water’s COO. “We knew that this was the guy to push the restaurant in the right direction.”

Christian, Ted, Doug and the rest of the Wheat & Water staff are eager for new and existing customers to taste the new, or reinvented, dishes. And hope that you’ll come back and try things as the menu evolves through the Summer and beyond.

Mike Hess Brewing Solis IPA Night 5/19!

We’re super stoked that Mike Hess Brewing is next up in our “Get to Know a Brewery” Series.

We’re super stoked that Mike Hess Brewing is next up in our “Get to Know a Brewery” Series.

Why are we so excited?

To answer, we need to go back to 2011. When Doug Ritz, Wheat & Water’s operating manager, managed a pizza place in North Park called URBN.

“There was a buzz about a ‘nano-brewery’ based in Miramar called Hess. Small batches—netting only 4 or so kegs” said Doug. “So, our bar manager asked if they’d participate in a San Diego Beer Week event.”

“In the afternoon before the event, I came to realize that Hess had such a loyal fan base,” said Doug. “People lined up before we tapped the kegs—patiently waiting for some beers only available at the tasting room.”


And that, as they say, was the start of a beautiful friendship. First, Hess was looking to barrel-age their Ex Umbris Rye Imperial Stout, and by random chance, Doug and the team at URBN had recently procured a barrel of Elmer T. Lee whiskey. That barrel made it's way up the 15 to Hess, and the resulting stout made its way into 600 bottles of the well-received Torulus.

More whiskey was purchased, and that barrel also found a new home at Hess. To reciprocate the favor, Hess fulfilled Doug’s request to brew his favorite beer style at the time, and Validus American Strong Ale became the restaurant’s two-year anniversary ale.

When it came time for Hess to expand, they chose North Park in a space right behind URBN. Three more whiskey barrels were rolled across the parking lot, The first beer brewed at Hess’ North Park location, Brunus Robustus Robust Porter, would be barrel-aged for Hess’ one-year anniversary in North Park.

In the years that followed, Mike Hess Brewing continued to make a name for themselves with their award-winning Claritis Kolsch, 8 West Orange Honey Wheat, Habitus Rye-IPA—we could go on and on here—and their distinctive “Open Mike” cans. But, they remember their roots as a home brewing hobbyist side hustle and support small local businesses like Wheat & Water.

They’ve been supporters of Wheat & Water—even before we opened. When Wheat & Water was still under construction late last summer, Doug sat down with Head Brewer Jason Stockberger to brew Solis 58—an approachable IPA with a focus on hops with citrus notes and a large amount of malted wheat. (Get it? Wheat & Water.) But like all the Solis IPA batches, the demand was high, and that batch had come and gone before Wheat & Water could have it on tap. Now six months since opening and with a couple beer events under their belt, Wheat & Water knew Mike Hess Brewing was our next featured brewer. Come in and taste what we’ve got on tap—kegs get tapped at 6pm! (Come in early and get a Hess logo “can” glass.)

The Line Up

8 West Orange Honey Wheat

  • Named for the highway to the sun-kissed Pacific shores of San Diego, 8 West is brewed with local orange peel and more than two pounds per barrel of pure California orange-blossom honey, resulting in a smooth, crisp taste that embodies America’s Finest City.
  • 6.0% ABV | 24 IBU

Batches 68-70 of Solis West Coast IPA

  • Like a new sunset every evening, each batch of Solis (sunset/west coast) is unique—a new and interesting combination of malt and hops. This bone-dry, hop-forward, dynamic San Diego–style IPA allows us to keep our creative juices flowing and your mouth watering.
  • 7.5% ABV | 75 IBU
  • Batch 68 with Lemondrop, Cascade, Eureka and Nugget hops
  • Batch 69 with Citra, Mosaic and Comet Hops
  • Batch 70 with Nugget, Amarillo and Mandarina Bavaria
  • Grapefruit Solis with Nugget, Cascade and Citra hops with grapefruit juice and zest

Into the Sunset Blood Orange IPA

  • Based on award-winning Solis batch 44.
  • Nugget, Centennial, Simcoe and Citra Hops with blood orange juice and zest
  • Available at select locations and brewed specifically for the upcoming San Diego County Fair and San Diego International Beer Fest
  • 7.5% ABV | 75 IBU

Sunsets On The Boulevard is Friday, May 12

Wheat & Water is proud to take part in another Sunsets On The Boulevard! After the fantastic response on April 7th, we're hoping to grow the event throughout the summer. Some new businesses have joined in on the neighborhood-wide shopping and dining event, and we're excited for another new business joining our neighborhood, Be Seen Optics, which will be located at 5702 La Jolla Boulevard in Suite 102. We've included a full list of businesses participating at the bottom of the blog post. You can also click the graphic above for a download of the flyer and map. We look forward to seeing you out!

Sunsets on the Boulevard at WHEAT & WATER

Our new Executive Chef, Christian Fiol, joins our team with a resume that includes Cucina Urbana, Galaxy Taco and Fireside by the Patio Group. (We'll have more on Christian on a future post). Chef Christian has been working alongside founding partner Ted Cochrane and our culinary team to add some fantastic new dishes for our summer menu.

During Friday, May 12th, guests can expect to get a preview of the changes to come, and some exciting new offerings include:

  • Grilled Spanish Octopus Arrabiata sauce, castelvetrano olives, pickled tomatoes, crispy pepperoni, frisee, radish.
  • Strawberry & Spinach Salad Fresh strawberries, pickled green strawberries, toasted almonds, crispy quinoa, spiced honey vinaigrette, queso fresco.
  • Summer Citrus Salad Orange + grapefruit, fennel, avocado, mixed greens, white balsamic & orange vinaigrette, fresh horseradish.
  • Beet & Blue Cheese Salad Marinated beets, spiced pepitas, cucumber, arugula, sage honey, tossed in lemon vinaigrette.

And of course, the new pizzas:

  • Potato & Leek White sauce, bacon, mozzarella, parmesan, fresh herbs.
  • La Pitza Braised pork shoulder in salsa verde, jalapenos, caramelized onions, mozzarella, parmesan, hoja santa, cotija cheese, pickled onions, cilantro.
  • Spinach & House Made Ricotta White Sauce, mozzarella, parmesan, roasted garlic, chili flake, lemon zest.
  • Summer Squash White sauce, roasted zucchini + summer squash, house made mozzarella, shaved garlic, cherry tomatoes, parmesan, Brussel leaves, chili flakes, mint.

Specific to the Sunsets On the Boulevard, Chef Christian is creating a bruschetta plate, so visiting guests can order in some shared, small bites and get a sample of what's to come.

What to Drink

Head Bartender Ashley Moore is getting us in the summer mood with $6 Mai Tai's. The fantastic tiki cocktail originated way back in 1944 at Trader Vic's in San Francisco with aged rum, cointreau, lime juice and orgeat (almond syrup). Build one at home, or come visit us Friday for one or two... or five.

Recipe for Wheat & Water's Mai Tai:

  • 1 1/2 oz Aged rum
  • 3/4 oz Triple sec
  • 1 oz Lime juice
  • 1/2 oz Orgeat
  • Shake;
  • Pour over ice into a pineapple-shaped mug.*

* Whereas the pineapple-shaped mug is not required for Mai Tai consumption, it has been scientifically proven to enhance its aromatics and drinkability; therefore greatly improving the overall experience of those looking to fully enjoy the Mai Tai. Of course, we at Wheat & Water serve all our Mai Tai's in pineapple-shaped mugs.

We are also wrapping up a fantastic run with featured brewery, Societe Brewing. With four IPA options, a Belgian ale and a stout, our guests have had their hands full checking out the brewer. Next up is long-time friends over at Hess Brewing on May 19th. Mark your calendars, because we are featuring three versions of their rotating West Coast IPA series, Solis Occasus, plus their Grapefruit Solis and 8 West Orange Honey Wheat. Can't wait!

Stop In & Shop

  • Just Run Shoes & Gear
  • Riffs Studios Guitars & Yoga Open Mic Night & 25% off music lesson packages
  • Bird Rock Surf Shop
  • The Bird Rock Massage Studio
  • All About Animals In-store Specials
  • The Rush Indoor Cycling Studio
  • KOI Wellbeing ”Mom Shot” only $30 (reg. $65) & refreshments
  • Mythos
  • Progress Bird Rock Mother's Day Specials on cards & gifts; Free succulent with purchase of a ceramic planter
  • La Jolla Mailbox Rentals
  • Mimi & Red Mother’s Day Flower Pop Up Shop
  • A Better Deal Designer Tuxedos & Suits Refreshments
  • Chase Bank Bird Rock
  • Nightingale Music 20% Off All Retail
  • IS Architecture Cookies to decorate; Free juice & water
  • Shabby Chic
  • Needlepoint of La Jolla
  • Whitelight Pilates
  • Be Seen Optics Business Preview! 20% discount coupon on a complete pair of glasses once open
  • Waylon Salon 10% Off Boutique Items
  • Bobbirocco
  • Studio Barre 25% Off Boutique & Special New Client Discount
  • Glo Beauty Bar
  • iSweat Lodge Raffle for Free Sessions, Special Prices & try out the whole body Vibration machine
  • Green Flip Flops
  • Kalabash School of Music
  • Adrenalina Skate Shop 30% off any Riviera Deck or Riviera complete longboard or skateboard cruiser; Free stickers for kids
  • Pacific Training Center 50% off Day Passes for Afternoon Boxing & Muay Thai Classes
  • Alma Music
  • Moonglow Design La Jolla Art Gallery

Drinks & Dining

  • Don Bravo Grill
  • Lupi Vino Cucina
  • Seaside Smoothie & Juice Bar
  • Starbucks
  • Farm to Fork Juice Salad & Juice Samples
  • Beaumont’s Eatery $5 Drinks & $8 Eats from 5-8pm
  • LJ Crafted Wines
  • Bird Rock Coffee Roasters
  • Bird Rock Fine Wine Free taste of Spanish Rosé with any purchased tasting
  • Voce Del Mare The Johnny Keys Quartet feat. Mark Lessman on sax
  • Wheat & Water New Menu Preview & $6 Mai Tai's

Societe Brewing Night on April 28th

Beer lovers must believe that San Diego really is “America’s Finest City.” Unofficially dubbed the “nation’s craft beer capitol,” more than 100 breweries call SD home. When you think about it, it makes sense. Our city’s laid back coastal lifestyle pairs perfectly with an ice-cold brew. They just go together like beaches and bikinis…the proverbial match made in heaven.

And, what else goes really great with beer? You guessed it. Pizza.

“There are so many breweries in San Diego and Southern California, it’s hard to keep track of what every brewery has to offer,” said Doug Ritz, owner and operator at Wheat & Water. “We should make it easier for people to try them... bring the brewery to them, instead of the other way around.”

And that’s the simple idea behind Wheat & Water’s “Get to Know a Brewery” Series. It’s an easy way for you to sample the best local breweries have to offer, one pint at a time.

The beers featured during each series are hand-picked by the team at Wheat & Water. The goal is to feature signature beers, ones that are rare and/or interesting, or ones that go down easy. But, they all have one thing in common, no matter the brewery: they all go great with pizza.

“We’d like customers to enjoy the flavors of their beer as much as they enjoy their pizza,” said Doug.

Wheat & Water kicks off the series inaugural event on Friday, April 28th with Societe Brewing out of Clairemont Mesa, San Diego. Followed by Doug’s long-time friends at Hess Brewing on May 19th and Modern Times on June 23rd.

Be sure to mark your calendar and snag a signature glass while supplies last! The kegs will be tapped at 6pm at Wheat & Water in Bird Rock, so please call for a reservation 858-291-8690, or put in a reservation request here.

And now it's time to...

Get to Know a Brewer: Societe Brewing Company

Societe Brewing was founded in 2012 by Brewmaster Travis Smith and Brewery Curator Douglas Constantiner. (June 24th is Societe Brewing’s 5 year Anniversary Party, but good luck getting in—with 2 months to go, it’s already sold out.)  The founders met while at The Bruery in Placentia, which brings into question - how the heck did two guys meet at a brewery that doesn’t brew IPAs, team up to open a brewery known for IPAs? Prior to the Bruery, Smith was the first production hire at Russian River Brewing, and after a year of training, he was a full-time brewer. In addition, Constantiner left his New York City investment-banking job to work at IPA-focused brands like Pizza Port and Green Flash. With such a high-level of training and experience in IPAs, they shared a hefty amount of IPAs outside of The Bruery. Good conversation ensued, and a strict and ideal mission was created:

Based on the simple principles of high-quality ales and lagers built to advance beer’s reputation and place in the modern world by remaining true to its Old World roots, Societe aims to strip away all barriers to beer enlightenment and enjoyment and, in the process, start and perpetuate meaningful conversations.

Societe self-distributes, and they limit the accounts with their brews on tap. It was a nice ego boost to Wheat & Water, when they came calling. Ted Cochrane, founder of Wheat & Water, and Chris Anderson took a trip to Societe's brewery to do a little research and development. After a brewery tour from Societe's Kyle Shockney and a tasting of Societe's current offering, a business partnership grew into a welcomed friendship. So, what better way to celebrate than our Societe Brewing Night!? Come in, drink some brews, make good conversation, and keep the glass. See you here on Friday, April 28th!

The Line-Up

The Harlot Belgian Extra Ale

  • The Harlot sits perfectly between a Czech lager and a Belgian Ale. It starts with a pilsner recipe then is fermented with Societe’s ale yeast. A light, crisp beer with that well-rounded and complex Belgian body. Perhaps it wasn’t a style that was meant exist, but we’re sure glad this beer does.
  • ABV: 5.6%
  • Named 2013 Beer of the Year by The Brewing Network.

The Apprentice IPA

  • The Apprentice focuses on hops from the Pacific Northwest with Centennial, Simcoe and Amarillo all hailing from Washington. The result is an assertively bitter and piney (Simcoe) brew with floral notes (Centennial) and grapefruit and orange (Amarillo).
  • ABV: 7.2%
  • Hops: Centennial, Simcoe and Amarillo

The Pupil IPA

  • As with any West Coast IPA, the focus is on the hops. The floral notes of Centennial in combination with the grapefruit-citrus notes of the Citra create exactly what you’re craving. (In the weeks preparing for the Societe Tap Takeover, we pulled in The Pupil, and we’re learning it’s difficult to keep enough Pupil kegs in stock!) The kicker here is the Nelson Sauvin, and if you read about or attended our Green Flash-Alpine Brewing Tap Takeover, then you know how rare and celebrated these New Zealand Nelson hops have become. It’s the strong white wine (see – Nelson SAUVIN) astringency and tangerine and grapefruit notes that keep beer-lovers asking for more.
  • ABV: 7.5%
  • Hops: Centennial, Citra and Nelson Sauvin

The Bachelor IPA

  • The Bachelor is an exploration in hops. Each beer is brewed with a base IPA recipe and a single hop varietal, thus isolating the hops unique characteristics.
  • Version 26? Hop: We don’t even know yet! So we’re also looking forward to Friday!
  • ABV: 6.5%
  • Previous versions featured: Cascade, Centennial, Mosaic, Motueka, Chinook, Citra, Azacca, Amarillo, Rakau, Sorachi, Ace, Jarrylo, Simcoe, El Dorado, Northern Brewer, Galaxy, Hallertau Blanc, Mandarina Bavaria, Eureka!, Idaho 7, Calypso, Nugget, African Queen, Nelson Sauvin, CTZ.

The Coachman IPA

  • IPA-lovers shouldn’t skip over The Coachman Session IPA. One might think this is why the marketers over at Societe have referred to it as a “Really Small IPA” in order to differentiate it from the stigma of Session IPAs—“hop-flavored water.” We’ll start with Simcoe for bittering and piney notes and Mosaic for floral and tangerine and berries. In the Coachman we also have the noble hop varietal of Saaz, a noble hop for adding those earthy aromatics and crisp spiciness of lagers and pilsners. The result creates a floral and hoppy brew than doesn’t fall flat in the end--instead you get the crisp, herbal finish and the low ABV.
  • ABV: 4.7%
  • Hops: Saaz, Simcoe and Mosaic
  • 40% malted wheat in addition to the malted barley
  • 2015 Great American Beer Festival Gold for Session IPA


The Pugilist Dry Stout

  • To break up the tasty list of IPA, we've added Societe's Dry Stout. It's a very drinkable, extremely low-alcohol stout that doesn't skip on the roasty malt aromatics and earthy hop-bitterness in the finish. i.e. Save room for dessert!
  • ABV: 4.5%
  • 2014 World Beer Cup Classic Irish-style Dry Stout Silver Medal