2012 Feast Issue

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 ...

Passport for global beer travel

El Cajon's Main Tap, indeed

An international craft oasis in El Cajon's American macrobrew desert.

Fool for the brew

A sampler flight of local beer events happening March 31-April 6

April 1 | April Fool’s Day Beer Dinner: Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits is holding its first-ever beer-pairing dinner at the full-scale restaurant within its newly opened Miramar headquarters. Try out “beer-braised leg of beast” ...

San Diego breweries among country’s largest

Brewers Association releases list of 2014’s top 50 breweries

Each year, the Brewers Association releases its list of the country’s top 50 craft-brewing companies based on the previous year’s sales numbers. Each year that I post the rankings and numbers, comment sections go wild ...

24-carrot brew

Juli Goldenberg takes the cake at Stone’s homebrewing competition

Stone Brewing Co. is known worldwide for its envelope-pushing beers. Stone Enjoy by IPA, Stone Ruination IPA, and Stone IPA are fan favorites that fall in the company’s wheelhouse, but some of its most beloved ...

Asia by way of Belgium

Far East ingredients find their way into a Euro-style farmhouse ale

I may not be a great beer formulator, but when it comes to flavor combinations, I’m no slouch. In fact, it was my ability to cook and create on a culinary level that earned me ...

Beer touring: Barley Forge Brewing Co.

Following a Vista brewer to his brand new Costa Mesa facility

Having so many breweries here in my home county, it’s tough building up the gumption to drive outside San Diego for beer. Throw in the workload of reporting on all those breweries and it's no ...

Combing the North 40

Unique Carlsbad food and drink venue to feature a trio of local breweries

A while back (nine months to be exact…time flies when you’re drinking beer), I reported that AleSmith Brewing Company was working on establishing a combination tap room and retail establishment. Referred to as an upscale ...

The ales of March

Sampler flight of local beer events from March 24–30

March 26–29 | Charity Beer Releases: It’s a big week for lupus charity Beer to the Rescue. Two fundraiser beers will drop starting Thursday with Saisian Persuasion, an Asian ingredient-studded farmhouse ale from Pizza Port ...

Rolling out the barrels

Local breweries pushing the barrel-aging envelope

We’re at the point in the craft beer renaissance where barrel-aged beers are no longer rare. Sure, they’re rarer versions of certain beers in most cases (typically imperial stouts), but many craft breweries have barrel ...

Lupulin Against Lupus

Aztec brings back formerly local brewer to collaborate on charity IPA

Even though it was for the best, I was sad to see Kevin Buckley exit the San Diego beer industry. A former brewmaster at Vista’s Latitude 33 Brewing Company who also logged time at Alpine ...

More beers coming to the rescue

New breweries join lupus charity campaign

In January, I launched a fundraising and awareness campaign for the Lupus Foundation of Southern California utilizing the quality wares of local brewing companies that volunteered to brew beers to raise proceeds for this year-long ...

The nature of the yeast

White Labs’ new saison strain brings old Aztec Brewery duo back together

Beer brings people together. Apparently, so do the ingredients used to make it. Local company White Labs, the country’s premier purveyor of yeast for the beverage industry, recently added a new strain to its product ...

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