2012 Feast Issue

Starting at Rock Bottom

Veteran brewmaster hands reins to go-getter who's into math and spreadsheets

I didn’t go to college, but thanks to some friends of mine who attended UCSD, I got to tag along and enjoy the recreational parts of higher learning. By virtue of geography, many of our ...

SD spells love B-E-E-R

Sampler flight of local beer events for February 10–17

February 14 | Brewbies Fest: This sixth annual fundraiser in support of the Keep A Breast Foundation will once again take place at Bagby Beer Co., but this year, they’re moving it and the oodles ...

Early Look: South Park Brewing Co.

Sneak peek at Hamilton’s Tavern spin-offs brewpub and beer menu

It’s been ten months since we broke the news about publican and brewery-owner Scot Blair’s brewpub project, South Park Brewing Company. Since then, he and his crew have been hard at work converting the former ...

Going pink for Brewbies

Valentine’s Day beer fest to sport charity brews for Keep A Breast

“Every week in San Diego is San Diego Beer Week.” It’s a popular saying among local imbibers seeing how there are so many beer festivals within the county throughout the year (sometimes two or three ...

Early Feb fermentathon

Sampler flight of local beer events for February 3-9

February 5 | Beer Dinner: With a name like Perfect Pairings, guests at Karl Strauss Brewing Company can expect good things from a five-course menu that includes Thai-style curry shrimp served with the rare Queen ...

Bolt Brewery to strike in Little Italy

New La Mesa sudsmiths find a more central locale they can't pass up

It’s the fastest expansion in the history of the San Diego County craft beer scene. Just two months after opening La Mesa’s first brewery, the ownership of Bolt Brewery has taken possession of a property ...

Meet Bay City Brewing

Upcoming Point Loma brewery led by former Monkey Paw talent

The San Diego brewing scene is growing so quickly that the open positions for brewing personnel seemingly outnumber the pool of qualified candidates. This means digging through droves of homebrewers for potential blue chips capable ...

Nickel Beer makes it a double (dubbel)

Collaborating with Julian brewery for Beer to the Rescue charity beer

Last year, I had the pleasure of collaborating in the brewing of an English-style extra special bitter (ESB) aptly named Bitter Beer Writer. It was the idea of Tom Nickel, the owner and brewmaster at ...

Go east, young beer aficionado!

El Cajon brewing rallies local talent for East County beer fest

When URBN St. Brewing Company installed its brewpub in the former home of El Cajon Brewing Company, one of partner Alex Carballo’s major goals was to help move the craft beer needle in East County ...

Beer Touring: Legacy Brewing Tap & Kitchen

Oceanside brewery celebrates opening of San Diego bar-and-restaurant

I wondered how a smaller Oceanside brewery would fare opening up a bar and restaurant in the relatively faraway Miramar community. Whereas larger, better-known North County brewing interests — Stone Brewing Co., Pizza Port, Rip ...

Beer SaturaTION

A sampler flight of local beer events happening January 27-February 1

January 30-February 1 | TION Weekend: It’s good to know people. Thanks to long-standing ties between O’Brien’s Pub and the world-renowned Russian River Brewing Company, the former is able to put on an epic list ...

New projects for New English

Sorrento Valley brewery working on expansion, signature beer for Catania

With the rapid growth of so many San Diego brewing companies, it’s easy to lose sight of those following the less-flashy, slow-and-steady model. One such operation, New English Brewing Company (11545 Sorrento Valley Road, #305, ...

Beer to the Rescue: Hildegard IIIPA

Benchmark Brewing Company goes REALLY big for charity

Last week, I shared news of Beer to the Rescue, a year-long campaign raising funds for the Lupus Foundation of Southern California (LFSC) via sales of specialty beers from local brewing companies. The first of ...

Beer Touring: Wavelength Brewing Company

New nanobrewery gives Old Town Vista its second craft beer dispensary

Most of the time, I try to suppress my enthusiasm over checking out new brewing companies, waiting long enough for them to get on their feet and get some brews under their belts before I ...

Green Flash truckin' along

Mira Mesa brewing company to sate visitor’s hunger with branded food truck.

I remember the day I first met Dave Adams. At the time, he was working to meld the wide-ranging array of beers at Churchill’s Pub & Grille with the venue’s evolving cuisine. Within five minutes ...

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