Who We Are

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Council Brewing is owned and operated by husband and wife team Curtis & Liz Chism. We have been in business since May 2014 and currently operate 2 breweries and a separate sour beer cellar, two tasting rooms and we have 16 amazing team members, plus our brewery baby, Olivia.

We came up with the name Council because a Town Council is where people from a community, from all walks of life, viewpoints, and beliefs come together to deliberate, debate, and make decisions. We view beer in much the same way - it brings folks together over the commonality of beer and we wanted to craft a beverage and create tasting rooms that help foster this sense of community.

Liz brews our amazing beer along with our three brewers, Kyle, John, and Joe. She also handles the recipe design, quality control, ingredient sourcing, yeast management and all the many aspects of keeping three breweries humming along.   Curtis is the handles all the legal, financial, sales management and the many other aspects of running a business.

We started our business in Kearny Mesa which currently houses our 3 BBL brewhouse with 7 BBL fermenters, our Magic Factory - sour beer cellar, and a tasting room. We recently expanded to Santee in the East County area of San Diego with a 10 BBL system. With the capacity of our new brewery in Santee and with our recently installed canning line, we are now able to produce a lot more beer (especially Bully Pulpit), can it, and hopefully get it into a store near you. 
We hope you'll be enjoying our beer soon if you're not already and we hope to meet you soon!


(858) 256-0038

(619) 270-0299


7705 Convoy Ct
San Diego, CA 92111


Upcoming events

Woofle Dust Apricot & Broken Wand Boysenberry Now Available
Take home these two award winning beers from our Kearny Mesa Tasting Room for a minimum $5 CASH donation benefitting the San Diego Food Bank.

Council Brewing is closing our doors
Santee last day open is Friday, Dec. 14th 2-8pm.
Kearny Mesa last day open is Saturday, Dec. 15th 11am-8pm

Lickable Staves - 2017 Best of Show - San Diego International Beer Competition

Lickable Staves - 2017 Best of Show - San Diego International Beer Competition

best of show Win

We were honored to win BEST OF SHOW for Lickable Staves at the 11th Annual 2017 San Diego International Beer Competition! This Sour Red Ale, aged in Cabernet Sauvignon barrels with Balaton Cherries, competed with 1,564 entries from 20 countries and 23 states across 57 categories. Lickable Staves won GOLD in the Brett and Other Sour Beer category, along with our other recent foeder aged release Broken Wand Raspberries which took BRONZE in the same category. Full Details on Lickable Staves here.

Batch 2 Release of Lickable Staves Coming October 5th, 2018!