Julian is only an hour away from San Diego, but it is a world away from the everyday hustle of city life.  Traffic up here means wild turkeys crossing the road.  It is the beauty and serenity of Julian that drew us here and inspired us to open the brewery in this historic mining town.  From the colors of fall to the snow white of winter and the warm star filled nights of summer there is nowhere we would rather be.

Nickel Beer Company was founded in 2013 by Tom and Lindsey Nickel, owners of O’Brien’s Pub in San Diego.  Tom started homebrewing at the age of 18 and has wanted to open a brewery in Julian since 1995.  He worked in local breweries from 1996 to 2005 and in 2004 he was named the World Beer Cup Small Brewing Company Brewmaster of the Year.

We hope that you enjoy our beer and fall in love with the wonderful place where it is made.


Tom and Lindsey Nickel