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Aztec Brewing Company History

The original Aztec Brewery was started in 1921 in Mexico during Prohibition. This year marks the 100th Anniversary of the original Aztec Brewing Company. When Prohibition ended, the brewery was moved to San Diego. Its core beers were branded ABC - Aztec Brewing Company. In 1948 the brewery was purchased by the Alts Brewing Company of Michigan. The brand was later retired and disappeared from San Diego.

In 2008, we rediscovered the brand and began bringing it back to life. Inspired by those who brewed before us, in 2011 the new Aztec Brewing Company opened a small production brewery with tap room in Vista, California. Paul Naylor joined the team as our Head Brewer and his creativity and dedication to excellence has helped us produce numerous award winning brews.

2021 marked the 10th Anniversary of the revived Aztec Brewery. It also happened to be the 100th Anniversary of the opening of the original Aztec Brewing Company in Mexicali. So we celebrated with a series of special vintage style brews that tapped into our historic roots. Several of these old style beers have joined into our rotating line-up of what is on tap.

This year, 2024, we will be celebrating our 13th year in business with a special event on Saturday, September 7th. We will take a look back at our own past with some of the beers from our own history as well as featuring some very special guests that have been a part of our musical journey through the years. Be sure to come and help us celebrate.