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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 ...

The carnitas taco champ

Barrio Eat Mexican serves a winner in Carlsbad

Barrio Eat Mexican isn’t exactly in the Carlsbad barrio, but the tastes are as close to authentic Mexican street food as you can get in North County coastal. For many, the street fish taco is ...

In the land of tango and empanadas

Chomp 'n' charge in the pampas, or Little Italy

"I tell you,” says Patrick Brown, “San Diego has the most competitive happy hour on the whole coast. And I’ve researched happy hours from Seattle to San Francisco to L.A. We have the best.” I’m ...

A Negroni is the bacon of cocktails

There is a rule in my house: if I ever make a Negroni for myself and Victoria is home, I have to make one for her, too. Every time. This rule was put in place ...

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 ...

Pigs fly in Vista

Flying Pig Pub & Kitchen

Pork is highlighted at this new “pub & kitchen” in Vista’s Paseo Santa Fe district, but I decided to go with the tri-tip. A good decision. First I ordered a light fare of ham and ...

Crêpe crap out

Stumbling upon Bino’s Bistro & Crêperie

When you circle the block a few times to find parking in Hillcrest and then find a 30-minute space for an errand that lasts all of five minutes, do you leave straight away? Me neither. ...

A master of MasterChef in La Mesa

Sandoval beat out 19 other contestants to make the top 3

La Mesa’s Claudia Sandoval is one of the top-three finalists for this season of MasterChef, a cooking show on the Fox Network. She stands to win a book deal and $250,000. When she was picked ...

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 ...

Narumi Sushi makes perfection for about eight bucks

The surprise wasn’t the satisfying sushi but the chicken katsudon

Eating good sushi in San Diego often means visiting a strip mall. Many count Pacific Beach’s Sushi Ota among the best in town (it’s next to a 7-Eleven), and Kaito Sushi holds it down in ...

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 ...

Feast: San Diego Restaurant Guide

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Salvadoran grower visits Bird Rock Coffee

Trying to put a face on coffee

Local coffee enthusiasts got a rare glimpse into the supply side of specialty coffee when a farmer from El Salvador paid a visit to Bird Rock Coffee Roasters for a pair of Meet the Grower ...

Whiskey with and without stones

Are whiskey stones worth it?

It’s the melting, called the “heat of fusion,” that makes ice magic.

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