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.”

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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

Jayme Ritz

Wheat & Water, 5737 La Jolla Boulevard, La Jolla, CA, 92037