SAN DIEGO MAGAZINE: Latchkey Brewing Finds New Life in Bay Ho

The brewhouse will move into the 3,2000-square-foot space occupied by Bitters Brothers Brewing

BY Beth Demon

When Latchkey Brewing vacated the Mission Brewery Plaza brewhouse mid-pandemic, it looked like lights out for the small brewery. 2021 was a weird, hard year, and plenty of restaurants, bars, and other businesses didn’t make it. But Latchkey persevered, making beer out of Viewpoint Brewing Company in Del Mar and maintaining a presence across San Diego. But come this spring, they’ll have a new permanent home at 4170 Morena Boulevard in Bay Ho.

The 3,200-square-foot location formerly housed Bitter Brothers Brewing Company from January 2016 until what they described as a “temporary closure” in August 2022. Despite no formal announcement, Bitter Brothers never opened again.

Latchkey will take control of the 15-barrel brewhouse and tasting room and start operating as a brewpub with a food element in the coming weeks. With on-site food, plenty of parking, and an established place in the San Diego beer scene, Latchkey seems set up for success after a long slog through uncertainty. I, for one, am glad the latchkey kids have finally found themselves at home.