2012 Feast Issue

Beer-friendlier in Chula Vista

Nine years later, the South Bay’s first brewery has a tasting room

A recent social-media surge around the hashtag #southbayuprising has been calling attention to the proliferation of craft beer in the South Bay. While the recent addition of Border X Brewing, Novo Brazil Brewing, and a ...

Tour de Fat rides into Golden Hill

Folks of all types come out to celebrate two wheels and liquid bread

Cyclists of all stripes converged on Golden Hill Park Saturday afternoon (September 26) for the latest installment of Tour de Fat, a bicycle-centric traveling carnival used as both a cycling advocacy fundraiser and promotional venue ...

Green Flash brewer leaving town

Silva Brewing coming soon to San Luis Obispo

More big changes in the old guard of San Diego brewing. Longtime Green Flash brewmaster Chuck Silva announced his resignation, effective Monday, September 28. In a press release, Silva revealed he's leaving San Diego altogether ...

San Diego, greatest American beer city

Rip Current leads pack of winners at Great American Beer Fest

San Marcos Brewery Rip Current was named Very Small Brewing Company of the year at the Great American Beer Festival last week. The 33rd annual competition took place in Denver, and when winners were announced ...

Cervecita bien costarricense

San Diegans return from Costa Rica to start Pure Project

When Jesse Pine and his wife Agi moved from San Diego to Costa Rica three years ago, they found a craft-beer scene in its infancy. "It was kind of a struggle, because you could really ...

Vista’s beer buzz

Breweries propel North County city’s makeover

Some residents like that Vista is still sketchy in parts.

"My wife said, ‘You have too much beer.'"

And so Magnetic Brewing was born

Sometime late in August, about 21 months after signing a lease on a small Kearny Mesa industrial space, Morgan McCarty completed the long, arduous permitting process required to launch Magnetic Brewing. When was it specifically? ...

San Diego’s first Baja-centric beer fest

Craft beer hops the border

Baja California is currently home to around 100 craft breweries, but many San Diegans have never tried a Baja craft brew. While southbound tourism has been picking up, borderphobia and long return lines have led ...

Old brewery news

Personnel changes and expansions for venerable beer companies

Amid the startling number of new breweries opening these late summer months, some of the county's oldest and largest breweries are also making news with changes in packaging, production, and personnel. Coronado Brewing Company They ...

Chocolates, cheeses, and meats make way for beer

"Now there are probably 250 beer dinners each year in San Diego"

Along with the proliferation of craft breweries in San Diego has come a proliferation of beer-pairing dinners, and even brunches. While fine-dining restaurants have long offered multi-course tasting menus paired with a sommeliers' choice of ...

Helix Brewing off to a charming start in La Mesa

A man, a plan, a new craft brewery

Cameron Ball spent nearly three years planning Helix Brewing Co., and the long effort paid off when La Mesa's second brewery and tasting room opened in late August. In fall 2012 the young home brewer ...

Saint Archer sold to MillerCoors and the world didn't end

Big Beer's stake in San Diego sparks outcry

Craft beer's most talked about investor sheet gave Midwest macro beer a toehold in San Diego this week when Miramar-based Saint Archer Brewing sold a majority stake to Chicago-based Tenth and Blake, "the craft and ...

Hess clan Purrowlin' O.B.

Tasting room soft-opens at former dog wash, owner moves to town

While the awning out front still reads “Salty Paw Dog Wash and Grooming,” Mike Hess Brewing's new Ocean Beach tasting room began serving beer on August 28. The modest space on Voltaire Street runs exclusively ...

Wet-hopped summer

Fresh buds at Border X Brewing in Barrio Logan

Wet-hop beers have started showing up in tasting rooms. The recent proliferation of hop farms in San Diego County has allowed some brewers to get hops on the same day they were harvested. Most of ...


Bay City Brewing rolling along in Point Loma's Midway District

As may be apparent to anyone who's driven Interstate 8 west of the 5 lately, Bay City Brewing Co. officially opened for business on August 18. The brewery operates with a 700 sq. ft. tasting ...

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