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Meet Darrel Brown of Savagewood Brewing Company in Scripps Ranch

Today we’d like to introduce you to Darrel Brown.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Darrel. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I started homebrewing in 2014 as a “friendly competition with attached wager” between a couple of friends. (I won the bet BTW). I started entering my homebrews into competitions to get feedback and surprisingly started to rack up some medals. In 2017, I entered the San Diego Homebrew Fest competition with my winningest homebrew – Exquisite Blonde. And it won Best in Show. Up against IPA’s, sours, etc. Festival attendees started asking me when they could get my beer on tap. That’s what sparked the idea of opening a brewery. Then, a few months later a small brewery around the corner from my house was going out of business, and my wife and I took everything we had – and bet on beer! We purchased the brewery and immediately went to work.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
It has been an interesting journey. It hasn’t been 100% smooth, but all of the bumps along the way have been worth it. Opening up a small self-funded brewery in San Diego is a challenge in itself. With so many awesome breweries out here already, it’s a buyers market so to speak. Plus, opening up in a location where another brewery tried and failed, was surprisingly tougher to overcome that we imagined. But all of this has pushed us to constantly strive to stay engaged with our customers, improve our product, and overall just keep working harder.

Tell us about your company.
We are a family friendly, family owned and operated, neighborhood brewery. We produce a wide variety of beer styles to try and accommodate all tastes and preferences. We love to experiment with processes and ingredients, and we love to collaborate with home brewers. Especially since I started as a homebrewer with a dream, and made this huge jump – I want to always give back and let other homebrewers “test the waters” and put their recipes out for the public to try. We are also avid supporters of our neighborhood. We host fundraisers for the schools/sports teams, donate to local charities, and do what we can to create a warm and comfortable environment. Our patrons describe our space as feeling like “you are at your friend’s house with your whole family, having a beer, sharing great conversation, and feeling comfortable”.

What is “success” or “successful” for you?
For us at Savagewood – success is having someone come into the brewery for a 2nd visit because they loved their first one so much. With so many options for beer consumption at brewery taprooms, if we are putting out a product or environment that makes us someone’s regular or preferred choice – we are doing something right.


  • Pints range from $5 – $8
  • Shirts and hats range from $20-$30
  • Fun is free!

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