2012 Feast Issue

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 ...

Kilts, capes, Viking helmets, plus beer

Homebrewers convention drew some nerds last week — what of it?

The population of beer enthusiasts in San Diego rose by 2700 for a week in June. The 37th annual National Homebrewers Conference took place in Mission Valley's Town & Country convention center. The actual event ...

The Homebrewer is now brewing

New tasting room features Home Brew Co. beers

A different sort of brewery has opened in North Park. Brewing supply store the Homebrewer soft-opened a tasting room in February. The 21-tap room has a few design revisions in store before its official summer ...

Stone Company Store South Park finale

A last run of tasters at neighborhood growler station

The first weekend of June was the last weekend in operation for Stone Brewing's original Company Store location in South Park. From Friday to Sunday the tasting room and growler fill station hosted what they ...

Duck Foot steps out

Don't call their beer "gluten-free," but it comes close to it

Another new Miramar brewing entity, Duck Foot Brewing, held a grand opening this month, officially launching on June 6th following a soft open. While the brewery founders insist it's just like any other craft operation, ...

Skinny Daddy gives the tongue a workout

Alpine's supercharged IPA aimed at hopheads

I spent several hours last week making excruciating decisions as I tried to work my way through a pretty special tap list Toronado assembled for its seventh anniversary. There were few wrong answers among the ...

Craft beer's eastern front

More challenge for the corporate giants and all they symbolize.

Poland is the forerunner in the Eastern European craft brewing world. Serbia and Bulgaria are right behind.

Home-brew clubhouse gone wild

Division 23 goes pro and gets colorful in Beeramar

Of the ten breweries currently operating in Miramar, most chose the location for affordable rents and compatible zoning. Division 23 co-founders Allen Hampton and Kellen Smith started brewing at their Trade Street address out of ...

32 North gathers bearings amid head brewer change

New brewing team now on track to double production

Miramar brewery 32 North quietly parted ways with its head brewer in April, a change that briefly slowed production, but will ultimately more than double the amount of beer flowing through its tasting room and ...

Brett loves the wood

Cellar 3 operation keeps the wild yeast under control

Green Flash opened the doors to its Cellar 3 barrel-aging facility in Poway on May 16, giving the public a glimpse of the sort of wild-yeast experimentation barrelmaster Pat Korn has been developing over the ...

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