Updated Hours!


Please note our updated hours:

Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays | 4-9pm

Saturdays | 1-9pm

Sunday | 1-7pm

We are closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.

It’s exciting to finally share all the hard work of building SpecHops Brewing Company–and to serve the first of our many sessionable, tasty beers at our tasting room at 1280 Activity Drive, in Vista CA.

We have a ton of space for people to enjoy their beers while they sit front and center of our 15-BBL Brewing System and 180BBL Fermentation Cellar.   There is plenty of room as well for playing Corn Hole, Giant Jenga, or just sitting at the tasting bar and relaxing over a pint or two of our Pale, Session IPA, Stout, Saison, and Black IPA.

The feedback about our beers and the tasting room has been wonderful–and we look forward to sharing our beers with you very soon.

SpecHops is Dog-friendly and easy to find: located in the epicenter of Vista’s Brewing community in the Business Park.

Location: 1280 Activity Drive, Vista CA 92081

SpecHops Brewing Co. — Back Up on the San Diego Craft Beer Radar

Welcome (back) to SpecHops.  It’s been a long road since our last post in 2012.  Building this crazy brewery has taken a lot of work, but we’re in the final stretches of actually getting open at our commercial location at 1280 Activity Drive in Vista.  We’re glad to be part of the Vista brewing community and active members of the Vista Brewer’s Guild.

In the meantime, we’ll be a lot more diligent in keeping everyone informed of our progress and all the work that has been accomplished on this brewery adventure.  There are literally tens of thousands of pictures and hundreds of our own stories that we will share with everyone as we have built this beer machine in Vista.

So the plan is to start at the beginning (or as close as possible to the beginning) of this adventure and slowly recap the efforts we have taken in getting us to today.  Hopefully by the time we have covered the pertinent details, we’ll be upon our actual opening day.

Thank you, and we hope to share a beer with you very, very soon!

The Story Behind Spechops

Spook is the Owner/Operator behind the SpecHops beers

‘Spook’ has followed an interesting path leading to the brewing of craft beers with a Special Operations theme.  A Craft Brewer of ‘Unconventional Brewfare’ is just one of his more recent titles, and one that he plans on continuing to earn every day from the scores of people who have enjoyed his home brewed beers.

Borne from a life in the Military

Spook’s military background is a natural fit for the brand.  The nickname ‘Spook’ is drawn from many years leading Marines in Intel aboard MEU-SOCs and while being assigned to SOCCENT during OIF.   All of it has helped to foster his deep admiration and respect of those he served with: the “Quiet Professionals.”

He brings a mix of writing, brewing science, Intel analysis, special operations, finance, and marketing with him to the brewery.  It’s taken a while to breathe life into SpecHops.  He figured now was the time to pop up on the craft brewing radar in San Diego.

Opening and operating a microbrewery is just another one of those challenging missions.  The combined aspects of biology, chemistry, and business added to high levels of military discipline, focus, and attention-to-detail are what draws someone into craft brewing after a military career.

Working on the SpecHops beers for a long time

The recipes for SpecHops beers are based on science and notes gathered from dozens of brewing books, websites, and from attending the UC Davis Brewer’s school in 2011. Homebrewing multiple varieties in his garage has filled in the remainder of his knowledge, combined with the opportunities to apprentice at a number of local microbreweries.

When not conducting reconnaissance at breweries and gathering HUMINT from brewers, brewery owners, and cellarmen, Spook can usually be found drawing basic ’intelligence’ from tasty pints enjoyed from across the world.  So, mix in to all of that a certain level of Marine Corps/SOCOM discipline and a fanatical devotion to cleanliness and sanitization–and you have SpecHops.

We hope you enjoy exploring our website and reading the Sea Stories we’ve gathered from real-life special operators, military personnel, and other honorable public servants.