2012 Feast Issue

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 ...

Gateway to the sour zone

Maverick & Gose might make an interesting tonic replacement for gin

Though I'm only a few articles into my stint as the Reader’s new beer reporter, most of the news thus far seems to indicate at least a minor shift in San Diego's beer identity. A ...

Lost Abbey gives Cardiff a tasting room

The Confessional brings craft beer to a thirsty community

After nine years brewing Belgian inspired ales, San Marcos–based brewer Lost Abbey opened its long-awaited tasting room on April 22, settling into a small retail space in a coastal shopping center in Cardiff-by-the-Sea. Previously the ...

San Diego craft brewers featured in new documentary series

Six-episode PBS program captures our craft past and present

"We just hit 100 breweries in San Diego County." Or so several local media personalities inform us during an opening montage of Kings of the Craft, a six-part documentary premiering tonight, Thursday, May 21, on ...

Grand openings and a thirst-inducing documentary

Craft beer happenings for May 14-18

Friday, May 15 Stone Liberty Station two-year anniversary celebration: The Decatur Road wing of Stone's brewing empire celebrates two years all day Friday with a deep roster of brewed-on-site beers, including a special 2nd Anniversary ...

If it ain't a craft beer, sue!

San Diegan says MillerCoors'(™) Blue Moon (™) is illegitimate

Evan Parent in late April went to Superior Court to prove that Blue Moon beer is not a craft beer, as its brewer, MillerCoors, claims. Parent says he used to drink Blue Moon and was ...