2 O'Clock Tasting: Modern Times - Brooklyn Brew Shop

2 O'Clock Tasting
Modern Times

Updated on April 05, 2016

Modern Times is a modern brewery. Founded in the Point Loma neighborhood of San Diego in 2013, a consistent and modern aesthetic permeates everything they do. From their beautifully designed cans to their sleek and minimalistic website, this 30 barrel production brewery and tasting room approaches things in a modern way. And that website. Not only do they list out the essential facts for each beer - ABV, IBU, Final Gravity, hop varietals used, malt varietals used - but they actually post the recipe for the beer, so you can make it at home.

We tried three of Modern Time's four year round offerings: Blazing World, an Amber Ale; Fortunate Islands, a Wheat Ale; and Black House, a Stout. Surprisingly for a San Diego brewery, Modern Times has no year around IPA. But don't think these brews are light on the hops. They were born in San Diego, after all.

  1. Fortunate Islands

    4.8% ABV

    Rather clear for a wheat beer, this slightly hazy varnished color brew with a nice head was full of sweet citrusy hop smells that nearly fooled us into thinking this was an IPA. Smooth in the mouth, Fortunate Islands tasted of hoppy fruit juice.

  2. Blazing World

    6.8% ABV

    Very clear and amber, Blazing World was full of malty fig aromas that reminded us of a whiskey or cognac. The Nelsom, Simcoe, and Mosaic hops in this Amber Ale gave it a dank resiny sweetness.

  3. Black House

    5.8% ABV

    An Oatmeal Coffee Stout brewed with 75% Ethiopian and 25% Sumatran beans roasted by Modern Times themselves, this cola colored beer had a wonderful roasted aroma and reminded us of carbonated black coffee when we sipped.