Today we’d like to introduce you to Dan Jachimowicz.
Dan, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I picked up homebrewing as a hobby after college and started out small in 2006 before eventually graduating to a much bigger system that allowed me to explore more creative recipes and really follow my passion for brewing.
I knew I wanted to be in the craft beer industry in 2008 when I decided to enroll in the American Brewer’s Guild brewing program. I started modeling my own homebrews with a more professional focus, keeping in mind scalability and even practicing consistency by brewing nine batches of beer for my own wedding.
To get into brewing on a professional level, I completed the ABG program which included a brief internship at La Jolla’s Rock Bottom Brewery. After the internship, I returned to work at my family’s wholesale jewelry business in Downtown San Diego. When the family decided to move the business in a new direction in 2014, I started the process of opening Longship Brewery – which included long nights of thinking of a good name, and the difficult task of finding the best location to open our doors.
We finally landed in the heart of Mira Mesa – one of the best places in the world to find craft beer.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Like any long journey, there were challenges all along the way. It took about 6 months to find the right location. We experienced delays in getting state and federal permits, and true to form, our big construction project had its own series of bumps along the way.
Once we opened – we also had the task of assembling the right crew to “man the ship,” and we feel we’ve been successful in that aspect.
After almost a year and a half in business, we’re finally to the point of smoothing out all the rough edges and we look forward to overcoming any more challenges that might arise as we grow.
Please tell us about Longship Brewery.
Longship Brewery is a small craft brewery that isn’t afraid to take risks. What sets us apart is our ability and drive to explore new ingredients and flavor combinations that haven’t been tried before – in San Diego or the world.
We pride ourselves on our variety, serving several varieties that are rare in San Diego in addition to our more familiar offerings. Our goal is to brew without fear, meaning we’ll make new styles that people don’t see too often to let them experience something unique.
I want there to be plenty of options for guests who come into our brewery. There is a beer for everyone and we aren’t afraid to create something that people aren’t accustomed to – as long as they’ll taste it! Something that we truly take pride in hearing people say that even with a variety of styles, all of our beers are well balanced. We’re also very proud to say that our Doppelbock (a rare style in the county) is an international award-winning beer!
Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
I’ve always been a big fan of weapons, even from a young age (which is why they adorn our Viking-inspired walls), and I can remember being a young child in Mexico City practicing my form with my dad at the archery range.
Even at the age of four, I can still remember hitting my first bullseye and how exciting that was!
Later on, after moving to San Diego and becoming a slightly more reckless teenager, I can remember wooden sword duels in my backyard that ended in probably broken fingers and nearly poked-out eyes.
- Flights: Start at $8 (small increase for specialty beers)
- Pints: $6.50-$6.75
- 64 oz Growler fills: $18-$22
- T-Shirts: $20
- Address: 10320 Camino Santa Fe, Suite C
San Diego, CA 92107
- Website: www.longshipbrewery.com
- Phone: 858-246-7875
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: www.instagram.com/longshipbrewery
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/longshipbrewery
- Twitter: www.twitter.com/longshipbrewery
- Yelp: https://www.yelp.com/biz/longship-brewery-san-diego