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Our Philosophy

Beer can be plain or complex, fussed over or simply enjoyed. Beer is what we choose to make it. For us, beer is a catalyst for community. Beer is an opportunity for friends to gather, smile, laugh, & celebrate life. At Five Suits Brewing, we want to be a part of good friendship, good people, and even better memories. Life is short and time shouldn’t be wasted on bad beer. With Five Suits Brewing, beer won’t be a gamble.

How Five Suits came to be

With a family name like “Corona”, one could say that owning a brewery was always in the cards. However, with family careers set in the casino industry, armed forces, & police/fire/rescue, owning a brewery seemed like nothing more than a long shot. That is until one fateful day in 2012, when our head brewer, Nick Corona found himself in Churchills ordering Avery’s “Maharaja” Double IPA. With each sip tasting like liquid gold, Nick was instantly converted to a hop head and craft beer took center stage. The next day, Nick ordered his first homebrew kit and dedicated himself to learning the art and science of making beer.

Nick’s dream and craft beer goal instantly became focused on his desire to provide people with the same eye-opening experience that Maharaja gave him. 6 years later, after winning hundreds of ribbons & medals, as well as securing 4 homebrew titles at the county, state, & national levels, he feels he is ready to bring his recipes and talents to the open market.

Always ones to focus on family, Nick, his wife Kandy, brother Shane, & parents Joe & Leslie came together to form Five Suits Brewing. So why Five Suits? Great question! It seems the family name was already taken, so we had to get creative. Nick decided to spin off the industry that got him here…gambling. After 17 years in the casino industry, Nick has seen one Royal Flush after another. Hearts, Diamonds, Spades, & Clubs, but nothing represents royalty better than a Crown. So Nick took the family name, which of course translates to “Crown” & created a fifth suit.

At Five Suits Brewing, we are dedicated to making quality craft beer that is fit for royalty. We’re proud to put our family name and our guarantee behind each beer that is made. If you aren’t satisfied with any of our beers, simply let us know & we’ll make it right.

About The Corona family

Nick’s Father Joe is a decorated Army veteran who served in Vietnam from ’66-’67 before returning home to work for the California Highway Patrol. Joe met Nick’s mother Leslie in the CHP where she, along with her inaugural class of cadets in ’74, became the first ever female California Highway Patrol Women. Nick’s brother Shane is retired Air Force, who was fortunate enough to be involved with executive airlift. During that time, he traveled to 124 countries. Chances are better than even that he’s been to whatever country you are from. Nick grew up in North County San Diego, prior to living south, from OB to PB, to Mission Valley. At the age of 21, Nick was tempted away to Las Vegas, where he gained experience in casino management & nightclub entertainment. After meeting and falling in love with a beautiful showgirl by the name of Kandy, Nick decided it was time to cash in his chips and head back home to the greatest city ever made, San Diego. Nick currently works at Valley View Casino & Hotel as a Casino Manager. With a family history steeped in public and military service, Nick soon realized that he could finally live up to the the family name by providing his public service: Brewing great tasting beer for everyone to enjoy!

Nick Corona

Owner & Head Brewer

Nick is our owner and head brewer. Nick is a Casino Manager at Valley View Casino & Hotel. Favorite beer: Alpine Nelson

Kandy Corona

Owner, Tasting Room Manager 

With a degree in dance at Cornish College of the Arts, Kandy was destined for the entertainment industry. Favorite beer: 20 Pointer Weissbier

Shane Smith

Owner, Chief Operational Officer, Assistant Brewer

We could tell you more about what Shane did in the Air Force, but you’d need clearance first. Favorite Beer: Chimay Grand Reserve

Joe & Leslie Corona

Owners, Consultants, Public Relations

Our Patriarch & Matriarch. If you find them around the brewery, you’ll be blessed with a story or two about their lives in public service.