2012 Feast Issue

Ballast Point sells for $1 billion

...that's $13.89 cents per pint

The San Diego beer scene is seeing dollar signs this week with the announcement that Ballast Point sold for a whopping $1 billion. The buyer is Constellation Brands, a multinational beverage conglomerate that deems itself ...

Fallbrook Brewing begets barbecue

New bar and restaurant to focus on San Diego ties

Fallbrook Brewing Company has plans to open a new bar and restaurant in the friendly village it's named for. Dubbed Firehouse Que and Brew, the new business will serve beer, wine and barbecue at 1019 ...

Lowering the water-to-beer ratio

Conservation becoming a factor in local craft

Last spring, California governor Jerry Brown issued an executive order mandating 25 percent reduced water consumption by the state's roughly 400 water agencies. Thus far, the mandate has impacted landscaping but not hampered beer production. ...

Abnormally rapid expansion

Young beer company adding capacity already

Barely six months in business, Rancho Bernardo's Abnormal Beer Company has announced plans for a million-dollar expansion to its brewhouse. Abnormal's ten-barrel system will continue to operate inside restaurant Cork and Craft, which also houses ...

San Diego Beer Week's best bottle and tap lists

These events promise the week's most interesting lineups

San Diego Beer Week 2015 means over 500 events promising special occasion taplists. These events in particular promise the sort of beer lineups that will be hard to match the rest of the year. Guild ...

Special issue beers planned for Beer Week

Barrel aged, flavored, and sour beers among limited releases

Each year, local breweries schedule new, aged, or seasonal beers to debut during beer week. Here's a list of special beer releases, and when to look for them in brewery tasting rooms or restaurants for ...

Here comes San Diego Beer Week

Seventh annual event attracts tourism, celebrates beer

San Diego Beer Week begins November 6, kicking off what is actually a ten-day celebration of craft beer. While the county-wide festival is organized by the San Diego Brewer's Guild, most of the events associated ...

No rubber burnt getting to candy bar beer

Carmel Mountain chocolate-coco concoction at Hillcrest Brew Project

San Diego County's over 4500 square miles. I'm not sure how it measures north to south or east to west, but I know it's too far to Uber. I also know there are a lot ...

Another great year for craft beer

From hot out the gate to the tried and true

800,000 barrels of beer on the wall...

Local coffee beers, blondes, creams, wheats, Germans, and Belgians

Hot coffee beers New English Brewing Company, Zumbar Chocolate Coffee Imperial Stout — 9.3% ABV Made in collaboration with Sorrento Valley neighbor and coffee roaster Zumbar, this reigning gold-medal coffee beer parlays a blend of ...

San Diego's best bottle shops

What kind of beer do you crack open for refreshment when you get home at night? These are the best places in the county to stock your fridge or beer cellar. Bottlecraft The many positive ...

Beers that impressed the experts in 2015

Some guys try new beers for a living. I asked these local craft bar and bottle shop beer buyers to discuss a few local beers that have stood out to them in 2015. Scot Blair ...

SD County tap houses

Where San Diego’s beer culture really lives

Tap houses are where beer enthusiasts comingle to talk about the great ones and the weird ones, to compare notes and to show off their respective palates. In the best tasting rooms you may find ...

San Diego's best IPAs, sours, browns, reds, session ales, and pales

Incredible IPAs The style that put San Diego on the world beer map tastes great at nearly every brewery in town, and naming just a handful as the best would short-change everybody. I tried to ...

New breweries to watch

There are 18 new breweries in the county this year? That’s as of October. It’ll take days for you to try them all. So I advise you to prioritize these promising upstarts. Second Chance Beer ...

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