A person who acts as a guide, typically on a voluntary basis, in a museum, art gallery, or zoo [or brewery, as it turns out]


To us, a docent is a leader, a guide, a teacher, and a pupil. We’ve always taken great joy in influencing people on craft beer culture. We love supporting local small businesses, a cornerstone of the craft beer movement. Our brewery is an outlet that allows us to educate and share interesting flavors of beer.


We take great care and pride in crafting high-quality artisan beers that are approachable, balanced, and easily drinkable. Our crew uses the freshest and finest ingredients on the planet (like everyone else); it’s what we do with them that separates us.

All of our beers are brewed with intent on flavor and purpose, with no focus on any particular beer style. We explore variations of grain builds, yeasts, and hops to deliver uniquely crafted beers for fun situations. We want our beers to be as sophisticated as they are inclusive.

We’re huge fans of beer and we’re here to geek out with you—maybe even lead you to your new favorite. Beer itself is an adventure with infinite flavor destinations and we’d like to be your trusted guides.


Our three stars represent the pillars of what makes Docent Brewing great.

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One of the best things in life is being able to love what you do and inspire others. It means finding your passion, learning that skill, mastering the trade, and teaching others. A craftsman honors creativity and quality above all else and wants to share their experience.

At Docent Brewing, craftsmanship influences every aspect of our operation. We go through each process with care, from building the space ourselves to brewing the beer and serving it with our own hands.


As San Juan Capistrano’s first brewery and public house, we’re on a mission. Our providential calling? To be your knowledgeable beer guides, surrounded by the people we’re honored to call friends and family. We knew we had a responsibility to give the community more than just a meeting place. We wanted our neighbors to have a home away from home.

Docent Brewing is your basecamp—a spot for your best memories and feats, fostered around independently brewed beers, distinctive eats, and familiar faces.


We’ve always done what makes the most sense to us, and our approach to beer is no different. We thoughtfully craft all kinds of beers to serve our diverse family of friends and regulars, but you can bet your bottom dollar that we’ll have our personal favorites, like IPAs and imperial stouts.

By pouring our aspirations, inspirations, and experiences into Docent Brewing, we’ve found that our customers are just as passionate and free-spirited as we are. Here, you’ll find like-minded people who just want to have a good beer and get lost in the moment.
Have fun. Drink local. Be you, no matter what.


Brian Hendon
Co-Founder and Idea Man

Bryan Giesen

Uncle Bert Giesen
Brewery Ninja

Scott Cortellessa
Co-Founder and Jack of All Trade

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Come hang out

Now that we’ve all been introduced, ride, bike, or walk over to the Tap Room and say “hi.” We’ll fill you in on all the current brews and regale you with stories from our latest adventures.

Opens Daily at 11a

33049 Calle Aviador, Ste. C
San Juan Capistrano, CA

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