Beer pong is not new in California.
But when a new restaurant opened in downtown San Diego this past fall, a new trend popped up: pong tables.
The tables were set up like arcade games with a rotating beer list.
It was fun and addictive, but the customers also had to put down their phones and pay $5.
“There was a lot of turnover,” said David Ewing, co-owner of a brewery called the Wild Goose Brewery in San Diego.
Ewing and his wife, Sarah, have been in the beer pond business for seven years.
They recently opened their first location, and they’ve already started serving up pong games.
They’ve got a beer list that’s full of beers they’ve tried in the past.
“We’ve tried a lot.
We’ve had beer from every state, and we’ve had a few we’ve never tried before,” Ewing said.
“A lot of people have a hard time coming up with what’s the right beer, and that’s what we want to address with this restaurant.”
The Wild Goose is located in a strip mall, right next to a coffee shop.
The restaurant itself has a large patio and a pool table, and there’s also a bar.
But it’s a great place for casual dining.
“If you’ve got people who are interested in beer poncing, and it’s something you want to do, that’s great,” Ewings said.
Ewings and his co-owners are hoping to expand their menu, adding beer and other drinks.
“I’m trying to do something that’s fun, but I’m also trying to provide a good experience,” he said.
“We’re really trying to take the same approach we take at other places in San Francisco,” Ewings said.
He said the Wild Gooses goal is to have a full bar, but he’s open to expanding to a cocktail bar or a more casual dining environment.
The Wild Goose is one of a few craft breweries in the area.
“The craft beer industry is really growing, and you’re seeing more breweries opening, and so is the food,” Ewsons co-founder, and co-CEO, Sarah Ewing told NBC News.
“There are a lot more options for people to try something new.”
She said that while the restaurant is still just a bar, the focus is on craft beer.
“It’s a little bit of a dream come true, because we have the opportunity to create a new dining experience here in the Valley,” she said.
The restaurant will serve a beer menu that includes more than 20 craft beers.
“People are very passionate about this beer, so it’s really hard to get a craft beer list,” EWing said.