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A German-Style Beer Garden is Coming to Adams Ave.

The new biergarten will sprawl across 3,500 feet of indoor and outdoor space and will focus on local brews and wines only
Courtesy of LoopNet | 2611 Adams Ave.

Adams Avenue Beer Garden doesn’t yet have a website. Still, it does have a general concept, location, and approximate open date: a German-style beer garden at the corner of Hamilton Street and Adams Avenue in University Heights, tentatively in fall 2024.

Local real estate developer Michael Donovan, who’s behind the project along with his brother and mother, says he plans to customize the corner lot at 2611 Adams Avenue into six short-term, rental micro-units; four small commercial units; and an indoor/outdoor beer garden, which will sprawl over 1,000 feet of indoor space and 2,500 outdoor. He hopes to focus on beer and wine from San Diego, Baja California, and Temecula, but no further away than that.

“We want to do hyper-local beers,” he explains. I want to provide an outlet for the small brewers in San Diego that maybe don’t have 30,000 square feet. Maybe they’re still brewing beer in their garage, but they can actually sell some of their kegs.”

He says there won’t be any brewing element on-site—just guest taps and food. The culinary concept is still up in the air, but Donovan says it may have more of a Mexican influence than typical biergarten fare. He’s actively looking for an experienced operator interested in taking over the concept once it’s built out and all the permits are in hand. 

“I don’t typically like to run businesses—I like to own property,” Donovan explains, adding that he’s tentatively open to giving restaurant ownership a try after focusing on real estate for years. This one is small enough and manageable enough that I think we could do it if we wanted to, so it could be our first venture.”

He says he decided to develop this parcel into a beer garden to bring a wide variety of local craft beverages to a convenient and high-density location. He hopes to also serve some morning offerings like coffee, scones, and other easy breakfast items. “I want to provide space and have people enjoy themselves. It’s a cool location.”

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By Beth Demmon

Beth Demmon is an award-winning writer and podcaster whose work regularly appears in national outlets and San Diego Magazine. Her first book, The Beer Lover's Guide to Cider, is now available. Find out more on

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