This is a dark day for Backstreet, as Adam’s creativity was one of the bright spots in the brewery’s otherwise mediocre beer line-up. In the year or so since Adam had taken over the brewing operations we’d seen him produce some great Saisons, double IPAs, stouts, IP Lagers, etc. and earned himself a reputation as one of the young up-and-comers in San Diego brewing. No small feat either, as Backstreet is along the Highway 78 corridor which is also home to Pizza Port, Green Flash, Lost Abbey and Stone Brewing.
We’re sad to see Adam go as he was the one reason we’d visit Backstreet. (No offense to Ryan, but the last time he had to brew at both Vista and Ladera Ranch, the beer selection, for the lack of a better word, sucked.) Fortunately for us, we’ve got other places we can frequent for great local brews, which isn’t something Lamp Post/Backstreet corporate up in Orange County seems to understand. As the beer quality declines good beer lovers will leave leading to lower revenue, which is (ostensibly) what corporate is trying to prevent with the layoffs.
Just goes to show you the follies of corporate execs when they don’t understand their market. (Contrast Backstreet to Pizza Port who, rumor has it, is preparing to expand.)
Ah well. We’re wishing Adam Carbonell the best and hope that he quickly lands at another brewery/brewpub in the area. Anyone who picks him up will be glad they did.