2012 Feast Issue

Ballast Point open for business in Miramar

Rapidly growing brewing and distilling company debuts new tasting room.

Between droves of beer fans driving in for a first look and an army’s worth of delivery trucks pulling up to have their trailers filled with palettes of fresh Sculpin IPA and Pale Ale, Carroll ...

Fests of all flavors

Sampler Flight of beer events from October 14-20

October 17 | Oktoberfest Celebration: For one über-fantastic Saturday, the gang at Helm’s Brewing Company will do everything it can to convert their nautical-themed industrial suite into a center for Germanic celebration. Deutsch costumes, music, ...

Bine & Vine looks the part

Recently renovated standout bottle shop ups its game with redone interiors

Believe it or not, there was a time when craft-stocked bottle shops weren’t in every neighborhood throughout San Diego. Sure, there was craft beer, even the local variety, but it took awhile for the retail ...

Julian's mascot beer

Nickel Beer Company brews ale-cider hybrid with local apples

I love the Padres and Chargers, but a balding, portly friar and buffed out lightning bolt are hard to get excited about. San Diego isn’t known for cool mascots. Fortunately, it is known for exceptional ...

Local beer cellar bets

San Diego County beers best suited for prolonged aging

The term “beer cellar” can come off a bit pretentious, intimidating ale and lager fans who are only ankle-deep in the liquid medium. But fear not. Unlike wine cellars, which veer toward the legitimately pretentious, ...

Coastal exposure

Santee’s Twisted Manzanita Ales opens PB tasting room

In going coastal, Twisted Manzanita Ales (4652 Mission Boulevard, Pacific Beach) has departed from the interior motif of the tasting room at its Santee headquarters. Ironically, this comes from the company desiring to provide a ...

Putting the fest in October

Sampler flight of beer events from October 7-13

October 10-12 | Wet Hop Festival: For lupulin lovers, this is the most wonderful time of the year. The hop harvest is afoot and that means tons of great pale ales and IPAs made using ...

Local 2014 GABF winners

SD shines early, often at Great American Beer Festival

San Diego County brewers are used to successful outings at the country's largest, most-respected brewing competition, the Great American Beer Festival. Held annually in Denver, the combination festival and competition draws thousands of beer fans ...

Underground beer tasting

Examining the first Barrel-aged Rare Form, Amplified Ale Works’ first Barrel Works release

In my day, I’ve been treated to grandiose tastings of fine food and beverage in posh, intimate settings replete with marble, rich mahogany, and fine Corinthian leather, where I’ve been served by tuxedoed and otherwise ...

Baja Beer Touring: Mexicali — Part II

Closing out three days in Baja with a fiesta, siesta, and of course, more craft beer.

The following is the sixth in a six-part series about that adventure, which yielded some good beer and a good deal more. Mexicali - Part I is the previous stop on this tour of Baja’s ...

Baja Beer Touring: Mexicali — Part I

Tasting through Mexicali’s hot craft brewing scene

The following is the fifth in a six-part series about that adventure, which yielded some good beer and a good deal more. Valle de Guadalupe - Part II is the previous stop on this tour ...

Baja Beer Touring: Valle de Guadalupe — Part II

Time spent amid passionate, close-knit brewers trumps truly excellent gourmet fare.

The following is the fourth in a six-part series about that adventure, which yielded some good beer and a good deal more. Valle de Guadalupe - Part I is the previous stop on this tour ...

Cheesy, hoppy good times

Sampler flight of local beer events for September 29 to October 5

October 2 | Homage to Fromage: The Hilton Del Mar has a cheesy idea for showcasing some of the finest beer in the county. They’re bringing in the artisans from Port Brewing / The Lost ...

It's dessert in a glass

South of the border inspiration yields a sweet milk stout

For all the mixed emotions about the company’s branding, Belching Beaver Brewery makes some mighty fine beers. That sentiment is nearly unanimous across top-level local beer enthusiasts. Those who don’t spend their time hitting up ...

Baja Beer Touring: Valle de Guadalupe — Part I

Bout with carsickness rewarded with a World Beer Cup-winning IPA.

The following is the third in a six-part series about that adventure, which yielded some good beer and a good deal more. Tijuana - Part II is the previous stop on this tour of Baja’s ...

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