2012 Feast Issue

Sampler Flight: March 4 – March 10

This week’s craft beer events a mixed bag of belles, beards and beer

March 8 | 2-Year Anniversary Celebration: They’ve quietly improved and expanded in the southern expanses of San Marcos, and now Stumblefoot Brewing Company is ready to cap off its second year in business with spiced ...

Bolt Back in Biz

Opened in 1989, Karl Strauss Brewing Company is the oldest, continually operating brewery in San Diego. But two years before Uncle Karl and his crew started serving amber lager downtown, an eclectic, low-frills yet high-energy ...

Beer of the Week: Green Flash Black IPA

Mira Mesa brewery opts for dark side in reembarking on Hop Odyssey

Hoppy beers are not new territory for Green Flash Brewing Company. The Mira Mesa-based operation has been dealing in lupulin-rich ales ever since brewmaster Chuck Silva came aboard, and have never looked back. Quite the ...

Valley Center Brewery finds home at home

Homegrown craft beer springing up in North County Inland burg

Last September, I introduced readers to Valley Center’s first brewery, Valley Center Brewery. At the time, the family-run operation was in the midst of its very humble beginnings, but they’ve been busy in their northerly ...

Business as usual for Local Habit

New ownership keeping Cali-Creole craft beer haven true to original vision

Last July, I reported the establishers of Local Habit (3827 Fifth Avenue, Hillcrest) were selling the business. Immediately, regulars at the “Cali-Creole” spot were worried it would veer away from that unique style of cuisine ...

Sampler Flight: February 25 – March 2

Presenting a birthday, boobs, barrels and, of course, plenty of beer

February 27 | Second Anniversary Birthday Party: Is it an anniversary party or a birthday bash? With 15 Pizza Port beers on tap, including Raglan T-Rex IIPA, plus a cask of Green Flash Palate Wrecker, ...

Meet Social Jack’s Craft Brewing Company

Upcoming Little Italy nanobrewery tribute to fallen friend, beer aficionado

So, this guy walks into a bar (University Heights’ Small Bar to be exact), orders a beer, and promptly has it snatched up by a young woman who takes a sip and correctly identifies its ...

Beer of the Week: Coronado / Cigar City Jurata

Coast-to-coast collaboration yields mermaid-inspired Baltic porter

Last September, a most alliterate duo — Coronado Brewing Company and Tampa, Florida’s acclaimed Cigar City Brewing — collaborated to create a “not so common” India pale ale. Dubbed “Last Spike,” it was the first ...

Enter the Green Dragon

Combo tavern/museum celebrates history and the future of beer

When most San Diegans celebrate the history of beer, they start out with Karl Strauss Brewing Company. Or, if they really comb the annals of suds’ story, they mention the original Aztec Brewing Company and ...

Manzanita Brewing’s new name

Santee brewery goes national, adopts new moniker

From day one, the first image visitors to the tasting room at Manzanita Brewing Company’s associated with the Santee operation was its namesake lumber. The twisted tree was painted on the walls, and front and ...

Sampler Flight: February 18-22

Annual happenings galore top list of this week’s beer events

February 22 | 7th Anniversary Party: Spend an afternoon at SD Taproom’s outdoor beer garden, plucking from a long and impressive list of beers, many archived, rare or simply delicious, including a special beer brewed ...

Beer of the Week: Societe The Roustabout

An award-winning double IPA makes triumphant return

Last year, Societe Brewing Company (8262 Clairemont Mesa Boulevard, Kearny Mesa) made a lot of noise behind an ever-expanding fleet of diverse India pale ales that, even in a town awash with IPA, rated among ...

Meet Dogma Brewing Company

Husband, wife, man’s best friend working toward Clairemont nano

The eternal debate over religion and a German shepherd. These are the factors that led aptly named Michael Brewer to name his prospective business, Dogma Brewing Company. The homebrewer of more than ten years is ...

Big doin’s for Belching Beaver

The history of Belching Beaver Brewery (980 Park Center Drive, Vista) is short, but with a number of projects near completion, its future’s looking bright. A recent conversation with owner Tom Vogel turned up plans ...

Sampler Flight: February 11-15

Love in the air and beer on the table

February 11 | First Birthday Party: It’s been a year since Bella Vista Social Club opened up in the UTC Area and brought that less-than-beery part of town into the here-and-now of San Diego’s craft ...