Dive bar? Craft beer bar? Or Both? We talk with Darren Renna from the Coaster Bar and Grill in Mission Beach. You can find Coaster Bar & Grill at 744 Ventura Place, San Diego, CA 92109.
Daren talks about the history of the Coaster Bar and Grill (aka Coaster Saloon). We talk about how the bar went from 10 taps to 20 taps to 32 taps to 52 taps currently. Is it hard to fill 52 taps with good craft beer, or are breweries begging to be included on the list? We talk about the fire and rebuilding the Coaster and how Darren’s family played an important role in not only rebuilding the Coaster Bar & Grill, but also the Coaster roller coaster and Belmont Park. Is being by the beach a good thing or bad thing when it comes to craft beer and are bigger, newer bars that have opened up recently hurting business for the Coaster? As usual, we ask Darren where he got his craft beer love and what was his gateway beer.
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