ABOUT US

About Knotty Brewing Co. Meet our Head Brewmaster, Donovan Lane. He grew up in and around Portland Maine and like a lot of people, his passion for brewing began with home brewing. He says, “Well, it actually started with my dad getting me a home brew kit, nothing fancy just some buckets and dry yeast, but that was all it took to get me hooked.”

After finishing school at University of Southern Maine a college friend, knowing that Donovan was an avid home brewer, told him he was starting a brewery. Donovan jumped at the chance to put his Chemistry degree to use. The brewery was small, housed in an old garage that they had renovated. While in principle it was the same it was a big departure from the five gallon carboys he had been fermenting in his basement.  “However,” Donovan states, “it was and is just as much fun, maybe more, than that first batch of home brew.”

Donovan came to San Diego from Funky Bow Brewery and we are excited to introduce him to San Diego Craft Beer scene. His favorite type of beer to brew and drink is a stout unless it’s over 100 degrees then he’ll go with a Saison.



HOW WE NAME OUR BEERS



Just like the beers you drink, the names they have tell a story of how they came about. Knotty Barrel is a family full of owners, partners, staff, regulars and more; all these wonderful people give us inspiration, and ultimately give our beers a personality beyond what you’re tasting!

Tom Tom Blonde

An ode to our most loyal regulars; coincidently both named Tom! Throughout the years they’ve given us so much more than their business, including our first Christmas tree, which they still help us decorate each year, crazy gifts for the staff and the large cement sun on our back patio.

Transfixed Red

Named after our Brewmaster who once was described as “transfixed” in an interview with West Coaster, the go-to publication for beer news in San Diego.

Kasie's Stout

Inspired by another devoted regular who had a love for Stouts. Kasie would exclusively drink Guinness, even though it came in a can the majority of the year! It was a natural fit to name our Stout after her, giving her a great beer option that was always on tap. Our employee Kacie also takes credit for this particular name!

Farmer John's Saison

We have a devotion to the freshest ingredients and one of our partners, John, has a fruit tree farm which provides all the organic avocados, grapefruits and oranges we use in house. We were so thankful to have him as a resource, we named a beer after him!

Superfresh Pale Ale

Even before Knotty Brewing, the Knotty brand has had a devotion to craft beer. One of our favorite Lagunitas reps would always try and sell us the latest beers, convincing us they were “Superfresh.” We got a kick out of the repeat adjective and promised him our first beer would be named “Superfresh,” and so it was!

Jersey Mike's Wit

Knotty Barrel has always been a proud supporter of the New York Giants and draws fans from all over the country. One of those devoted fans and regulars, Mike, hailed from Jersey, never missed a Giants or Rangers game and visited us nearly every day. Mike was a fan of lighter beers, so naming our Wit after him seemed like the perfect fit!

Clay-PA

As you can tell, regulars are a huge part of the Knotty family. Clay and his wife have always been generous with their time and are constantly helping promote our bar. You can often find them in our pass through window enjoying a cold beer with their pup. Clay hounded us for a while to make an IPA, so when we did, we had to name it after him!

My Nephew Porter

This one was easy… Rich’s nephew is named Porter! LOL. Sometimes we don’t need creativity, just great inspiration!