In a Miramar business park, not too far from the large shadows cast by big breweries and fast food restaurants, a very interesting community is growing. Dubbed “Beeralani” by some, the Miralani Makers District is taking shape with multiple food and beverage options to entice your palate.
Imagine a destination with four breweries, two wineries, sake, juice, cider, mead, and food within walking distance of each other, and more available parking than North Park, Downtown or Ocean Beach. Enter the Miralani Makers District.
2Kids, Protector and Align make up your brewery options on the north side of the street (8680 Miralani Drive), with Charlie & Echo – formerly Hillcrest’s Vinavanti – and India Street serving those who prefer wine. This industrial park is also home to Juice Wave, plus San Diego’s second sake maker, Setting Sun. A few doors down, Sol-ti is an organic, cold-pressed juicer & tasting room (8380 Miralani Drive).
On the south side of the street (8675 Miralani Drive), nano-brewery Thunderhawk Alements will soon welcome neighbors Lost Cause Meadery and Serpentine Cider, a recently-operational duo sharing fermentation space. When open to the public, their business model will include a kitchen – Good Seed Food Company – helmed by Chef Chuy De La Torre, formerly of Urge Gastropub, and his wife Kadi Goodheart. The prospect of working so closely with other like-minded individuals excites them.
“There’s no other place like this that we know of,” acknowledges Goodheart. “I think this cooperation and community vibe will catch on. We are only helping each other. We are all working together to educate consumer, grow our companies, and promote our craft.”
This cooperative effort will help similar yet unique businesses thrive in a small area. Rumors of a distillery, craft salsa, and a coffee roaster would further cement the Miralani Makers District as a one-stop shop destination.
As one of the more established proprietors, Sam Dufau, owner/head brewer of 2Kids, knows the importance of the right types of businesses setting up shop in the District. “Our landlords are quite the collectors, amassing all these craft makers in their buildings,” she admits. “I am looking forward to working with our fellow fermenters – hopefully we can get some interesting collaborations going for San Diego Beer Week in November!”
Eric Van Drunen, the Echo in Charlie & Echo, also feeds off the creativity of the Miralani Makers District. “We decided on this location because we knew that other craft producers were going to be here,” he says. “We were the last to sign a lease I think. There were some other options out there, but none that put us in the same complex as other producers, which we thought would make a great draw for customers.”