‘Queens of Beer’ Open LGBT Brewery

By: Jase Peeples

According to the Los Angeles Times, a new kind of brewery opened its doors on Friday, June 8, 2012 in sunny San Diego, California.

The Hillcrest Brewing Co. — the self-proclaimed “Queens of Beer” – hope to be known as the world’s first “out and proud” brewery and with slogans such as “We’re here, we’re queer and we love beer!” that goal doesn’t sound too lofty.

2,000 square feet of fabulous make up the Hillcrest Brewing Co. (HBC), which allows up to 60 guests to be comfortably seated inside. Concrete floors, an open ceiling, and a 15-foot chandelier made from beer bottles add to the ambiance where customers can enjoy homemade microbrews and specialty pizzas fresh from stone ovens.

However, if you’re thinking the description makes this home of queer beer sound like your average brewery you’d be right on target. HBC hopes to be “out and proud” without feeding into stereotypes. “We’re just like anyone else – everything we do is in line with our heterosexual counterparts,” said spokesman Eddie Reynoso. “We want it to be a welcoming place where people can come in and have an amazing-tasting beer.”

Owner Chris Shaw has spent more than 20 years building friendly LGBT businesses in the Hillcrest area and hopes that HBC will “be a place where our old friends can gather and feel like a part of a community.”

To learn more about the Hillcrest Brewing Co. visit (and “Like”) them on Facebook.