Viewpoint is good beer upside down – San Diego Reader

Just in time for opening-day races, Del Mar’s first craft brewery has opened to the public. Viewpoint Brewing Company sits directly south of the Del Mar racetrack and fairgrounds, just across the San Dieguito Lagoon.

The view of the lagoon contributes to the brewpub’s name, and the 7000-square-foot space opens up to a shaded patio overlooking the lagoon, offering long community table seating, fire table booths, and a smattering of bar-friendly games ranging from cornhole to skeeball.

Opening the high-rent city’s first brewery didn’t happen without effort, and owner Charles Koll spent nearly two years making it happen, including several visits to Del Mar city hall to convince officials and concerned residents that his business was legit.

“Del Mar’s tough,” Koll says with a laugh, “I was accused of wanting to open up a strip club at one point, and a motorcycle gang hangout!”

While some members of the community had reservations, Ko credits other Del Mar residents with helping Viewpoint make it through the city’s vetting process.

“My neighbors,” he explains, “I live just up the street from the brewery, and my neighbors actually banded together and showed up.” When the city held the public hearing, he says, “One after another they came up to the podium and spoke, and expressed their interest in the brewery, and their support of me.”

An avid homebrewer, Koll previously worked professionally as a chef, including in the kitchen of Rancho Santa Fe’s upscale restaurant Mille Fleurs. There he met Gunnar Planter, who signed on as Viewpoint’s executive chef, serving creative small plates and elevated pub fare, such as pretzel bao buns and pink peppercorn steak frites.

Given his culinary background, Koll suggests the quality of food at Viewpoint is as important to him as the beer. “There is no distinction between, we’re

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