2012 Feast Issue

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 ...

Ken Schmidt & Iron Fist’s ono pia

Respected homebrewer and Vista brewery team-up to provide plenty of Aloha.

In a county flush with domestic fermentation talent, Ken Schmidt is kind of a big deal. A homebrewer since 1966, he’s concocted inventive beer recipes for decades. Many are laced with flavorful adjuncts evocative of ...

Baja Beer Touring: Tijuana — Part II

TJ’s craft brewing scene is rich with local ties and influence.

Tijuana - Part I is the previous stop on this tour of Baja’s craft brewing culture. The following is the second in a six-part series about that adventure, which yielded some good beer and a ...

Baja Beer Touring: Tijuana — Part I

TJ’s artisanal rebirth has expanded to include craft beer in a big way

Being as keyed-in to the brewing industry as I am, I’ve been aware of the fact that there is a burgeoning craft beer scene in Baja, California. Unfortunately, keeping as keyed-in on the brewing industry ...

Beer bridging a variety of events

Sampler Flight of beer events from September 23-29

September 27 | Tour de Fat: Craft beer, music, fun and two-wheeled conveyances will collide in Golden Hill when New Belgium Brewing makes its annual Tour de Fat stop in San Diego. The event is ...

Biere de Gourde

The Lost Abbey debuts first draft of pumpkin-infused Belgian-style Brett beer

It’s pumpkin beer season, which means breweries around the country will offer their spins on autumnal harvest-themed brews. Because pumpkin is such a popular and familiar ingredient, these beers are easy to love. They envelop ...

Coming Soon: Inland Tavern

Long-time San Marcos watering hole, Penny Lane, being born anew

Though I always passed it up for nearby competitors Churchill’s Pub & Grille or Sublime Ale House, there was something comforting about driving past Penny Lane Pub & Grill. Tucked off the side of San ...

Brewers moving on

Examining recent resignations by local brewing personnel

Chuck at Green Flash. Mitch at Stone. Devon at Pizza Port. Employees of local brewing companies become so engrained into the fabric of their operations that followers of the San Diego craft beer scene think ...

Anniversaries, festivals, and more

Sampler flight of local beer events for September 16-22

September 16-20 | Five-Year Anniversary: Five years ago, Station Tavern opened its doors and it’s been a fave of South Parkers and family devotees ever since. Five days of fun will include the release of ...

Early Look: Lightning tasting room

Poway-based brewery finally opens up an official sampling space.

Jim Crute was almost giddy — well, about as animatedly giddy as an analytical science guy like him can get — as he opened the door to the business suite next to his Lightning Brewery ...

A deeper shade of pink

Green Flash’s annual fundraising beer a thing of beauty

There are few charitable causes as universally backed by the brewing community as the fight against breast cancer. This has much to do with how many peoples’ lives are touched by this scourge. One in ...

First Drafts: Toolbox Brewing Company

New Vista outfit is a center of wild yeast experimentation

These days, new brewery openings can feel very similar. Regardless of décor, back story and other defining characteristics, beers from new operations tend to be, for the most part, predictable. This isn’t because what breweries ...

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