The tribal-owned SR76 brewery and its brews are inspired by how the Luiseño people would travel between coastal and inland camps along the San Luis Rey River—a path which would later become the highway known as SR-76.

Rincon Band Opens South California's First Casino Brewery


A Southern California tribe recently debuted the first brewery and tasting room at a casino in the region. SR76 Beerworks opened last month at Harrah's Resort near Valley Center, just an hour’s drive north of San Diego. The brewery and tasting room is wholly owned by the Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians. Fifteen stainless steel tanks will produce 3,000 kegs a year at SR76. “3,000 kegs is not small; it is reasonably large,’’ said Jim Murguia, chairman of the Rincon Economic Development Corporation, reported valleycenterhappenings.com.

The approachable beers — well-built and balanced — appeal to casual beer lovers and craft beer enthusiasts alike. The first round of beers — a kolsch, a saison, wheat beer, and pale ale  — showcase the lighter side of brews and additionally highlight the bright citrus grown in the picturesque Valley Center hillsides. The brewery is named after State Road 76, which winds through the tribe’s historical migration path of coastal and inland camps along the San Luis Rey River.

Brewmaster Brian Scott told valleycenterhappenings.com that the resort in Rincon is “absolutely the best place to launch a brewery,’’ thanks to space, population and diversity. The city sees an average of 2.5 million visitors annually.

“Because of our relationship with the resort, I'm able to produce a lot of world class beers,” he told sandiegoreader.com, “But still able to have this opportunity to talk to the people who are enjoying them… Most breweries this size don't always get to have that luxury.”

A 13-year-veteran brew-maker, Scott honed his skills at multiple San Diego breweries including Firehouse, Mission and Karl Strauss. Scott initially connected with the Rincon Band during his tenure as president of the San Diego Brewers Guild in 2012. The tribal economic development corporation, REDCO, brought Scott on board to curate a concept that highlighted the brewery's tribal origins.

The beer is named after local landmarks, like Hellhole Canyon. The Temet kolsch, in the Luiseño language, means sun.

The brewery at 777 Harrah’s Rincon Way, Valley Center, California, 92082, is open Wednesday through Sunday. Wednesday and Thursday hours: 1–9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday hours: 12–10 p.m.; Sunday hours: 12–7 p.m. Follow the brewery on Facebook.

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