SAN DIEGO—Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina has teamed up with famed San Diego craft brewery Mother Earth to create a one-time brew, Rooftop IPA. The award-winning Marina Kitchen team has collaborated with Mother Earth’s Head Brewer, Chris Baker, to create the special springtime beer, featuring refreshing citrus flavors and raw, organic honey sourced from Marriott’s very own rooftop hives. Handcrafted and kegged at their Vista, Calif. location, the limited-edition beer, best described as a honey citrus IPA, is brewed with Warrior, El Dorado and Simcoe hops. Inspired by springtime with a light and crisp finish, the beer debuts just in time for Memorial Day weekend on May 26 and will be available for $8 at the hotel’s Marina Kitchen restaurant as well as Mother Earth Brew Company’s Vista taproom location.
Urban beekeeping was implemented in 2015 at the Marriott Marquis in an effort to reduce the property’s carbon footprint and promote the conservation of local nature. With bees now on the endangered species list and environmental efforts more important than ever, the hotel continues to expand the program. Local beekeeper Geoff Kipps-Bolton tends to three hives with around 80,000 bees that call the hotel their home. The bee initiative allows the property to produce its own honey and pollen, which is featured throughout its restaurants and catering menus. Some of the honey-inspired fare includes honey yogurt parfait, charcuterie & cheese plates, burrata dish, as well as honey-walnut shrimp and other seasonal delights. Rooftop IPA tastings will be offered to guests in the hotel lobby on Saturdays between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.
Now marking the Marriott’s fourth honey beer collaboration, the newly launched Mother Earth Brew Co. beer follows three recent partnerships with Pizza Port Brewing Co. on a lemon-honey beer called “To Bee or Not to Be,” Stone Brewing on a “Black Hive Lager” and Monkey Paw Brewing Co. on a “Honeycomb Harvest Cream Ale.”