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Mexican Craft Brew Specialist Border X Brewing Opens in Bell ~ By Lalo Alcaraz

4:04 AM PST on March 4, 2019

Online anti-Mexican xenophobes occasionally tell me “go back to where you came from,” and I always respond with, “Sure, but San Diego is only two hours away, and I’ll be back by lunchtime.” One of the places I would visit during one of these proposed "mini-deportations" would definitely be Border X Brewing, a Chicano owned and run, Mexican craft beer establishment in the Chicano oasis of Barrio Logan, just a can’s throw from world-famous Chicano Park.

Pues, Angelenos, don’t self-deport yet! There’s no need to hit the 5 South all the way to enjoy the adventurous beer selections of San Diego’s Border X Brewing. Saturday was the grand opening of the new and sprawling Border X “numero dos” Brewery in the City of Bell.

All photos by Lalo Alcaraz.

Giant scissors were produced, politicians speechified, Aztecs danced, and thirsty people stood in long lines at a standing room only celebration at the new location – a craft beer brewery owned and operated by (disclaimer) my friends David and Carmen Favela.

The enormous former bakery is perfect for large and small events, and the kick-off band playing on opening night was San Diego’s vaunted B-Side Players. After the danzantes blessed the place, the old school DJ entertained all afternoon with the same vibe of the the original location in La Logan.

This spot fills a craft beer void between Downey and Long Beach (I didn’t know there was one!), and promises to be one of your regular stops after work or play. There is some tasty Cuban food next door, and I’m positive tacos will be on the Border X menu soon. The opening felt like a large, happy familia gathering accompanied by micheladas and horchata flavored beer, among other Mexi-inspired delights. Salud!

Border X Brewery is located at 4400 E Gage Ave, Bell. 

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