2012 Feast Issue

RIP PB AleHouse

Fire-scorched brewpub concept being abandoned for something altogether different

In February, a kitchen fire broke out at Pacific Beach AleHouse (721 Grand Avenue, Pacific Beach), causing roughly $1 million of damage to the business. Upon contacting the business, ownership reported that they would be ...

Meet Prodigy Brewing Company

Former San Diego Brewing Co. brewmaster follows arrow to new project

"Prodigy Brewing is about you, my friend, and you are what really sets us apart." Those were the words handed down to brewer Dean Rouleau from Prodigy Brewing Company founding member Howell Gillogy. With someone ...

High on the chai

Rock Bottom's chocolaty-spicy dessert-like beer

Vanilla, coffee, chilies…they’ve all had their time in the sun and their time in the fermenter as en vogue beer additives. Some were pretty obvious go-withs, while others (like, say, scorpion peppers and breakfast cereal) ...

Not (yet) enough kegs from the Toolbox

Brett specialists keep it exclusively adventurous

Though my initial visit to Toolbox Brewing Company didn’t yield beers that cashed in on the brewery’s ultimate potential, they were promising, and I’ve made it a point to check out their beers whenever an ...

Girl in Port prepares to ship out

Pizza Port brewer Devon Randall takes the L.A. job

Citra-R-Ama, Whale’s Tails, Gingerbread Chateau, May the Port Be with You, Saisian Persuasion — all are beers birthed from the system at Pizza Port’s Solana Beach brewpub…and I’m going to miss all of them. Devon ...

The best happy hour for a beer hound like me

The Bellows This wood-fired-oven-driven, casual-yet-upscale bar and resto has one of North County’s most conscientiously cultivated beverage assortments. From a beer list that features specialties, one-offs, and Bellows Forge, a smoked oatmeal stout developed especially ...

Get to school, hopheads

A sampler flight of local beer events happening April 14–20

Many of San Diego’s brewers are in Portland, Oregon, this week, attending the industry’s annual Craft Brewers Conference, but there are plenty of good local events on tap. April 18 | CityBeat Festival of Beers: ...

Not bulky but bueno

Glitterati shows to glug offerings from nth-level brewer-geek

Since the Cork and Craft debuted late last year, beer fans have awaited the debut of its onsite brewery’s ales. This has a lot to do with the fact that the man at the brewhouse ...

St. Paddy's Day's dark star

Black Irish Stout debuts at Scripps Ranch's other brewery

There’s never a shortage of fun imbibing opportunities come St. Patrick’s Day. Most involve Guinness, green beer, or whisky and car-bombs of Irish attribution. Being a beer locavore, I gravitate to March 17 celebrations involving ...

La Jolla’s Catania restaurant rolls out Italiano beers

Uncharted territory

“Everybody’s doing the local beer thing, so we’re going another direction.” This was my introduction to the beer menu at Catania, the coastal Italian spinoff of the restaurant group comprising Whisknladle and Prepkitchen. Despite this ...

Green Flash opening doors to Cellar 3

Opening date set for Green Flash’s new Poway facility and tasting room

Most expansion news concerning Green Flash Brewing Company has revolved around the construction of their upcoming Virginia Beach brewery, but today, the company announced the opening date for another venue — a 12,000-square-foot combination barrel-aging, ...

Pancho Villa is going to have some kick

A sampler flight of local beer events happening April 7-12

April 8 | Charity Beer Release: Award-winning brewmaster Jeff Bagby has been wanting to make a traditional German-style Kölsch since opening his namesake brewpub, Bagby Beer Co…and he’s finally done it as part of the ...

Moving, shaking, brewing

Urge Gastropub owners move on from Vista bowling alley to O-side brewpub

It’s been nearly two years since Urge Gastropub co-owner Grant Tondro announced a grand scheme to convert a former Vista fitness center into a combination brewpub, bottle shop, and bowling alley. That ambitious interest was ...

The milk stout route

Mind, heart, and soul went into Ballast Point’s Oompa Lupus

I felt like I’d unwrapped a foil-sheathed candy bar to reveal a golden ticket and been ushered to the site where some of my favorite things are made — specifically, the exotic specialty beers of ...

Centennial suds

A second collaboration beer to celebrate 100 years of Balboa Park

In January, I reported on a beer commemorating the 100th anniversary of Balboa Park named Centennial IPA. Karl Strauss Brewing Company brewmaster Paul Segura and Automatic Brewing Co. owner and head brewer Lee Chase collaborated ...

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