Karl Strauss Complete Acquisition of Original Location

Karl Strauss Brewing Company, the pioneering force behind San Diego’s craft beer movement, proudly marks its enduring legacy with the completion of acquisition of its original brewery/brewpub location at 1157 Columbia Street (at the corner of B Street) in Downtown San Diego. The sale went through on October 1, marking a significant milestone for San Diego’s original independent brewing company.

Founded in February 1989, Karl Strauss was the first craft brewery in the City of San Diego since Prohibition, helping launch San Diego as a mecca for craft beer fans and shape a thriving industry that now boasts more than 9,500 independent craft breweries across the United States.

“The pride we have for this acquisition cannot be overstated,” said President Matt Rattner and CEO Chris Cramer. “We’ve poured our passion into this craft for decades, and witnessing it come full circle as we near our 35th anniversary is a remarkable achievement, serving as a testament to our enduring commitment to the city, the regional brewing industry, and our guests.”

The company’s original Brew Master Karl M. Strauss left behind a legacy of unwavering commitment to quality brewing. His dedication to the craft paved the way for future generations of brewers. Today, Karl Strauss carries forward this rich heritage with brewers throughout the country, and especially in San Diego, living the legacy of independent craft beer and infusing it with a modern twist of creativity and character.

As Karl Strauss nears its 35th anniversary, the iconic company is poised for the next chapter. With big ambitions for its original location, KARL STRAUSS seeks to reimagine the brewery space as a homage to the San Diego brewing scene, catering to the evolving tastes of the next generation of drinkers.

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