San Marcos

Come for the beer and food, stay for the bowling

Mason Ale Works already at work on a second brew house

The team behind Rancho Bernardo's Urge Gastropub is getting their bowling alley after all. The Reader first announced the plan to turn a Vista fitness center into a combined brewpub and bowling alley two years ...

Duck Duck Gooze breaks the internet

Lost Abbey whale sale turns into weeks-long saga

About this time last year, AleSmith's limited online release of Velvet Speedway barrel-aged stout sold out in seconds. This summer's most coveted whale seems to be Lost Abbey's Duck Duck Gooze, which sold out in ...

Actual corned beef hash

Mama Kat’s is busy for a reason

I’m a sucker for corned beef hash. I constantly order it, and I’m constantly disappointed. It’s offered on menus in breakfast diners all over the country, and I feel like I’ve tried them all. Sometimes ...

The most regulated industry in the United States

Whoever said the economy ran like a well-oiled machine never studied the spirits industry

Thanks to recent changes in state law, the California Spirits Company will officially open its San Marcos tasting room to the public on June 9. While owner and distiller Casey Miles embraces the opportunity to ...

Eve of construction

Eve Selis talks rollerblading and how it lead to her new release

Stories about musicians suffering for their art are legion. Few of them involve rollerblading. But Eve Selis says her new record, See Me with Your Heart, never would have happened if she hadn’t torn her ...

New law lets you drink beer in a parking lot...sometimes

"We got wind of the new legislation early last year."

Brewery anniversaries are getting bigger this year, and it has everything to do with a new state law. Effective January 1, AB 776 permits breweries to sell beer "on property contiguous and adjacent to its ...

Small-scale storage war in San Marcos

“Now this guy has to rent a truck, get a crew to clean it out, store it somewhere…”

Every month or so, local storage-unit facilities play their own version of the TV show Storage Wars — past-due units auctioned off to the highest bidder. Such was the case last week with three San ...

The Jewish Film Festival has some winners

Remember, Natasha, Projections of America, Dealing With the Devil

Normally it takes eight to ten films to find the three or four needed to pad a film festival overview, but this year’s San Diego Jewish Film Festival hit me with four winners right out ...

Christmas comes early for the beer writer

$40 for six 4oz pours

One of San Diego's hardest to come by beers is Duck Duck Gooze. The Lost Abbey gueuze is a blend of old and young barrel-aged wild ales that only releases in small quantities every three ...

The bail man is richer than the thief

Julius Anthony Keeler's overhead cut deep into his ill-gotten profits

Career criminal Julius Anthony Keeler made a plea deal to settle five criminal cases in San Diego County and was sentenced to four years in prison on October 19. He is being held at the ...

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