Growing up along the border, David Favela enjoyed a tasty blend of cultures. “We loved Tijuana street tacos and hot dogs, apple pie and pan dulce, frijoles de la olla and baked beans,” he said. His upbringing inspired the unique beer and menu at Border X Brewing.
At Border X Brewing, culture and community are as central to the business as the beer. Incorporated by David, his brother, and his two nephews, Border X Brewing has locations in Bell and Barrio Logan in San Diego. Their beers blend European craft brewing traditions with the flavors of Mexico.
Border X Brewing believes every neighborhood has unique stories. “Gentrification tends to homogenize neighborhoods by bringing in a standardized recipe of products, decor, and ambiance,” said David. “That's why we strive to work with local artists, musicians, and organizations to celebrate what makes each location unique.”
Last month, the brewery displayed murals from SELA Arts Fest in its beer garden, a beautiful outdoor gathering space. “It’s a central piece of our localized strategy and few companies embrace their communities like we do,” said David.
When the pandemic hit, Border X Brewing was reduced to pick up and delivery, producing less than 10 percent of normal revenue. However, SELA continues to support the brewery. “We thank the SELA community, business leaders, and government leaders who have helped us survive,” explained David. “We know we’ll be able to return to our original business model and be, once again, a positive force in the community.”
I’d argue that Border X Brewing remains a positive force in our community. They continue to keep tradition alive and give artists a platform during these tough times. Learn more at borderxbrewing.com.