2012 Feast Issue

Beer Touring: URBN St. Brewing Co.

New ownership and reconcepting of El Cajon brewpub makes for big improvements

I’ve been able to oversee the development of several local breweries from conception to brick-and-mortar status. Among them are Societe Brewing Company, Nickel Beer Co., and URBN St. Brewing Co. The latter officially opened last ...

Beer Touring: Dos Desperados Brewery

San Marcos’ house of diacetyl looks great, but needs help

The adage “never judge a book by its cover” is usually doled out for good things that don’t look so hot. Recently, the reverse was applicable when I walked into Dos Desperados Brewery (1241 Linda ...

Beer Touring: 2kids Brewing Company

Checking in on the spousal duo behind a young Mira Mesa nano

Last week, we explored Pacific Brewing Company, one of two nanobreweries in a Mira Mesa business park. This week, we’ll stumble the 30 or so yards from that spot to the fluorescent-hued domain of their ...

Even a slow suds week in SD rocks

Sampler Flight of beer events from August 4-10

August 7 | Summer Bike-In Movie: The Pearl Hotel is the latest stop on Colorado-based, long-time two-wheel enthusiast organization New Belgium Brewing’s Bike-In Cinema route. Pedal your way around Point Loma, then return to The ...

Beer Touring: Plan 9 Alehouse

Downtown Escondido yields a beer of the week and Sriracha duck wings

At my Escondido-based day job, it’s not irregular to go looking for members of management only to learn they’ve headed out for an off-site powwow. Such meetings of the minds often involve craft beer — ...

Beer Touring: Pacific Brewing Company

Keying in on the first of two nano neighbors at a Mira Mesa business suite

Driving by at normal speed, you might miss the handful of Mira Mesa business suites atop the hill near the intersection of Miralani Drive and Camino Ruiz, but that small complex houses two brewing companies. ...

Beer Touring: Fallbrook Brewing Company

Worth the trip north…or a few blocks down the street

When I first met Chuck and Jaime McLaughlin, the owners of Fallbrook Brewing Company (136 North Main Avenue, Fallbrook), I thought they were a sweet couple with a lot of heart. They were still building ...

Beer to fill the July-August gap

Sampler flight of local beer events from July 29 through August 2.

July 30 | Beer Dinner: Downtown seafood restaurant, Spike Africas, shows its commitment to local craft beer with monthly pairing dinners. The next event will focus on Mother Earth Brew Co., marrying Sin Tax Peanut ...

Fire destroys Wet ‘N Reckless Brewing

Welding torch sets fire to Mira Mesa nanobrewery

A fire broke out in the tasting room at Wet ‘N Reckless Brewery (10054 Mesa Ridge Court, #132, Mira Mesa) the night of July 27, causing significant damage. According to reports, repairs were being made ...

Pre-game craft conversion beer

Brews before a Padres game needn't be relegated to macro-lager

Because sports appeal to both macro and craft beer fans alike, many of the latter are familiar with the following scenario. You’re headed to Petco Park to take in a Padres game with a friend. ...

The craft beer architect

Meet Dustin Hauck, cornerer of the local brewery architecture market.

Dustin Hauck knew he wanted to go into business for himself, and in November 2011, after many years spent working on hospitality projects, he did just that. The timing couldn’t have been worse. The economy ...

Comic-Con spilling over like so many suds

Sampler flight of beer events from July 22 through 28

July 25-27 | 4th Anniversary Extravaganza: Every year, Urge Gastropub goes big with its anniversary, starting with its celebratory burger, which weighs at least a pound and is piled high with exotic ingredients. Ditto the ...

San Diego Craft Beer in Europe

Stone and Green Flash have big aspirations across the Atlantic.

This weekend, Stone Brewing Co., my employer, announced that it will be the first American craft brewing company to own and operate a brewery in Europe when it opens the doors to a 43,000-plus square ...

Where the suds meet the turf

Ballast Point takes over former Oggi’s space at Del Mar Fairgrounds.

There’s nothing quite like a day spent at the track, picking the ponies and, hopefully, taking home some cash. For the longest time, doing so meant settling for Del Margaritas. I know, I know…first-world problems. ...

Twisted rusticity

Santee brewery’s red leans on chocolaty end of crimson spectrum

When most San Diegans sit down to a heady pint of a red ale, they expect a nose full of piney hoppiness followed by flavor that matches that olfactory promise. Living here, it’s no wonder. ...

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