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Pots to Hops
Ann Gardner | Via Latina

As Viewpoint Brewery nears its opening this month we visited the converted pottery shop on San Dieguito Drive for a sneak preview. A first for Del Mar, the 4500 square foot interior space includes a production room, tasting room and farm to table restaurant - all basking in the adjacent restored San Dieguito Lagoon. The emphasis by former chef and home brewer Charles Koll and his local family is on respect for the environment and sustainability values.

Patio tables along the River Path Del Mar offer views west toward the Jimmy Durante bridge Photo Ann Gardner.
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The bewery patio built with recycled beams offers views east to the San Dieguito Lagoon, the Grand Avenue Bridge and the San Dieguito River Valley. Photo Bill Michalsky.
 
Founder Charles Koll stands by tap handles his father carved from the drying racks used in the former Eucalytus Pottery building his family took over to remodel as a brewery/restaurant. Photo Ann Gardner.
 
Hanging from the ceiling are light fixtures made from reclaimed trash can dollies, and plant holders made especially for the new owners by the former owner, potter John Laver. The long table is made from a fallen Torrey Pine and the “organic” interior design work was led by sister-in-law Megan Koll. Photo Ann Gardner.
 
Five 15-barrel fermentation tanks lined up, ready for opening this month. Spent grains from production are reused by farmers.
Photo Ann Gardner.

 

 

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