Bluewater Boathouse Taps its Own Draft Beers

High Spot Blonde, Pale Ale and IPA are brewed exclusively for Bluewater on Coronado Island and named for famous Southern California fishing spots .

The Bluewater High Spot Flight is specially priced at $7 through March

In another sign of its emergence as a major regional restaurant operation, Bluewater Grill has partnered with a noted San Diego small-batch brewmaster to create and pour its own line of draft beers at Bluewater Boathouse Seafood Grill on Coronado Island.

High Spot Beer is now being brewed exclusively for Bluewater by Dan Selis in San Diego’s East Village neighborhood in Blonde, Pale Ale and IPA varieties. As a tribute to Bluewater’s rich fishing tradition, the beers feature names inspired by famous Southern California fishing spots where the restaurant sustainably harvests much of the fresh seafood and shellfish listed on its lunch and dinner menus.

High Spot Blonde, Pale Ale and IPA are now available only at the seven operating Bluewater restaurants and two opening later this year in Carlsbad and Santa Barbara. To introduce the proprietary new line to customers, all Bluewater locations will offer a flight of three 5-ounce tastes for $7 through the end of March.

Bluewater High Spot Draft Beer

  • High Spot 289 Blonde Exclusively for Bluewater.  This straw-colored ale with moderate bitterness and maltiness is named after the “289 Fathom High Spot” east of San Clemente Island. At 1,734-feet deep and 40 miles offshore, this fishing spot is remote but offers significant rewards for Bluewater fisherman willing to make the trip. (5% Alcohol by Volume; 20 IBUs; 5 SRM)
  • High Spot 14-Mile Pale Ale Exclusively for Bluewater.  Brewed with lightly roasted “pale” malts to offer an equal malt-to-hop balance and a moderate hoppiness, this beer gets its name from the 14-mile Bank High Spot halfway between Newport Harbor and Catalina Island. A unique current upwelling at this fishing spot attracts rock cod, marlin, tuna and dorado in the summer. (4.2% Alcohol by Volume, 42 IBUs, 10 SRM)
  • High Spot 182 IPA Exclusively for Bluewater.  An American spin on the English IPAs, this beer is more aggressively hopped with a full-bodied flavor and hints of resinous pine and bitter grapefruit. It is named for the 182-fathom (1,092-foot) High Spot 26 miles west of Point Loma, off San Diego Harbor – a fishing location ideal for marlin, swordfish and tuna when warm summer currents push north from Mexico. (5.9% Alcohol by Volume; 58 IBUs, 6 SRM)

Per Bluewater co-founder Jimmy “Jim-U” Ulcickas, the High Spot beers are a testimony to Captain Sean Burke and the crew aboard The Pilikia, Bluewater’s private harpoon boat who regularly fish the waters between Santa Barbara and San Diego.

“We worked closely with Dan to make sure our first-ever proprietary beers were what our customers wanted and paired perfectly with the freshest seafood and shellfish,” said Ulcickas. “Hand-crafted in small batches exclusively for us, they are meant to complement Chef Jason’s lunch and dinner menus. The fact that they are also named after local spots that Captain Sean and Bluewater founders and managers regularly fish for swordfish and other varieties make them even more personal. The result is some great fishing stories.”


About Dan Selis
Avid San Diego brewmaster Dan Selis is best known for re-establishing San Diego’s famous Mission Brewery in 2007, more than 85 years after it went out of business during Prohibition. In addition to resurrecting the brand, he relocated the Mission Brewery manufacturing and tasting room to the historic Wonder Bread Building in San Diego’s East Village. It is here where Dan hand-crafts the High Spot beers exclusively for Bluewater Grill, Bluewater Avalon and Bluewater Boathouse Seafood Grill.
To learn more about Dan, go to http://missionbrewery.com/about/our-crew/.

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Originally from upstate New York, Dani Schwartz has lived in Coronado since 1996. She and her husband Harry are thrilled to call Coronado home and raise their two children here. In her free time enjoys reading, hitting the gym and walking her dog around the “island”. Have news to share? Send tips, story ideas or letters to the editor to: manager@coronadotimes.com