2012 Feast Issue

One sum-sum-summery beer

The Orange Roughy lives up to its Creamsicle billing

I can think of a lot of flavors to look for in a summer beer and, frankly, chocolate's not one of them. Still, that's one of the flavors associated with the Orange Roughy, a South ...

Seoul bump

San Diego brewers tap South Korea craft market

The second week of July, members of the Facebook group Seoul Brew Club started posting photos of Stone IPA and Ruination 2.0 to their community page. In this way, the group of homebrewers and beer ...

Hops and spouse in the house

Husband and wife open brewery and supply shop north of the border

A little outside Ensenada, Valle de Guadalupe has a reputation as Baja's wine country. For a couple of years it was also home to a small brewery with a loyal following and key restaurant placements. ...

Thousands of thirsty customers in Santee

Pacific Islander Beer Company already running low on beer

Following a year of buildup and private tasting events, Pacific Islander Brewing Company (PIB) became the latest craft entity to open in Santee, opening the doors of its Polynesian-style tasting room and patio to the ...

Table Beer gets canned

Benchmark beers now available in bottle shops

Benchmark Brewing Company started canning last month, releasing four-packs of 16-ounce tallboys to all the usual craft bottle shops and liquor stores. The shiny silver cans feature simple bold lettering and the company brand, with ...

Saint Archer getting into cider business

The median between beer and wine

Since its debut in spring 2013, Miramar brewer Saint Archer has expanded square footage, distribution range, production volume, and its roster of beers. Pending approval of a winemaking license, the craft beer company aims to ...

Chance encounter with a Wallaby Hunter

Pacific Brewing dials up a peachy stone-fruit vibe

Sometimes, being in the neighborhood is all it takes to discover a tasty new beer. That's how I wound up dropping by Pacific Brewing Company (PBC) in Miramar. A constant flood of beer news out ...

Beer-geek pilgrims rejoice

Alpine Beer Company adds 50 jobs and 160 seats at new location

June 26th marked the official opening of the new Alpine Beer Company Pub (1347 Tavern Road), a long-overdue expansion of the restaurant and taphouse affiliated with increasingly popular Alpine Beer Company. The new location sits ...

La guerra de la cerveza empezó

Council in Mexicali suggests moratorium on craft-beer permits

The Mexicali craft-beer industry is in hot water after a Tuesday, June 30, meeting of the Consejo de Alcoholes de Mexicali: the regional alcohol council's members expressed opposition to issuing new permits to artisanal brewers. ...

The mayor approves...maybe a czar would, too

Future of White Labs yeast includes the past

June marked the 20th anniversary of local yeast purveyor White Labs. Mayor Kevin Faulconer saluted the milestone during an appearance at the National Homebrewers Convention, declaring June 11, 2015, to be "White Labs Day" in ...

San Diego blonde ale is not so pale

Rip Current's gold medal winner way better than Corona

Among the 13 gold-medal-winning local beers at this year's San Diego International Beer Competition were several I haven't tasted yet. It probably goes without saying, but I've suddenly taken an interest in trying them all. ...

San Diego brewers win big at international beer competition

The usual guys clean up, some nanos make themselves known

Home-field advantage served craft brewers well this week, as local brewing companies claimed a full third of the medals at the June 20th awards ceremony for the San Diego International Beer Competition. San Diego county ...

Beer snobs are kind of ridiculous

Reckless brewer and his Honey Badger Don't Care

Last October, Ballast Point opened a massive brewery, packaging, and distribution center on Miramar's Carroll Way, with a 600-seat restaurant, 100 employees, and reported tax subsidy from the City of San Diego. At the end ...

Beeramar's exhibit A

Alesmith hammers out a new scale of operation

Monday June 8th, AleSmith social media announced the opening of the Observation Room, a modest tasting room located at the front entrance of its new, even-bigger-than-it-sounds 105,000-square-foot headquarters. The low-key announcement belies the vastness of ...

Sí, Señor Saison, sí

Coronado Brewing gets hot — but not too hot

When I ran into a couple of Tijuana brewers at the National Homebrewers Conference conference last week, they mentioned that Coronado Brewing Company has been generous and supportive of the rising ranks of brewers living ...