Mira Mesa Stories

Change of pace: a double IPA?

Green Flash going against the session-beer grain

Like any industry, craft brewing has its trends. Right now, the hottest of them all is the West Coast-style session India pale ale. We discussed this hot hoppy beer style three weeks ago. So far, ...

A certain tendency at Edwards Mira Mesa

The past three films I’ve seen at Edwards Mira Mesa have all been presented in the miracle of Letterbox! Instead of snugly cinched borders, the picture played center-screen with enough black at the head and ...

Getting to know you, Afghanistan

Food from a place we usually only hear about

I doubt I'm alone in associating the word kabob (or kebab) with coastal Mediterranean countries — the skewered meat typically served alongside pitas and tahini, or tzatziki. However, Mira Mesa's Ariana Kabob House offers a ...

Sampler Flight: April 15 – 21

From foodie to festival-goer, there’s something for everyone this week

April 19 | One-Year Anniversary: Join owner and brewmaster Alex Van Horne as he celebrates Year One of his sci-fi-themed Intergalactic Brewing Company over the course of three sessions including his favorite brews from the ...

Best Pizza and Brew makes a believer out of loyal Pizza Port customer

Agrees to try it after weeks of shoulder massages and uninterrupted time with Sportscenter.

Best Pizza and Brew restaurant is an understated eatery serving up an uncommonly large variety of pizza by the slice and they offer freshly made salads (starting at $6 and served in a large modern ...

Scripps Ranch to Walmart: Put it in Mira Mesa

This would substantially alter the character of Scripps Ranch,” fumes Jenny Marshall, whose 15-member Save Our Scripps (“SOS”) Ranch group is determined to stop a big-box project from crashing the gates of the “Ranch.” In ...

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 ...

Alpine and Culture latest to explore pseudo gluten-free beer

White Labs innovation increasing beer options for the gluten-intolerant

The words Clarity-Ferm won’t mean much to the average beer drinker, but the impact of that product, which was introduced in 2013 by local yeast-production company White Labs, is likely to be so huge that ...

2013’s Most Improved Breweries

Kicking off the year in review with beery betterment

Last week, I shared my opinion that Saint Archer Brewery just may be the most improved brewing company in San Diego over the last year. That assessment led me to the idea that I should ...

Somewhere in India

Ed sinks his fangs into some Indian food.

‘These are the eight elements to a perfect meal,” says Kais. “Sweet, bitter, sour, salty, and umami; then smell, texture, and temperature. Your appreciation of taste and flavor evolves from the basic senses.” Huh. Kais ...

Green Flash Supper Club

Mira Mesa brewery teaming to make most of spacious environs

Nowadays, just about every brewery uses their tasting space to hold special events that explore craft beer to a deeper degree than the basic sampler flight. Some, take things to the next level in a ...

Sorrento Valley representative granted a seat on Mira Mesa planning group board

How to remove “Welcome to Mira Mesa” monument at the I-805 off-ramp?

With well over 100 agitated Sorrento Valley residents and business owners clad in “Sorrento Valley, a Neighborhood of San Diego” T-shirts and waving “Stop the Mira Mesa Land Grab!” signs, the Qualcomm auditorium was packed ...

Beer of the Week: Two Kids Pirlie-Winkie Scottish Ale

One of the first drafts from San Diego’s newest nanobrewery

Patience is important for a beer writer—well, a beer-loving beer writer, anyway. Often, I’m in the know about an upcoming brewing company long before they’re anywhere even close to serving their first beer. In the ...

Mira Mesa signage unwanted in Sorrento Valley

Residents pack recent meeting to state their displeasure

About 100 concerned citizens and business owners poured into the Mira Mesa Community Planning Group meeting room on September 16, requiring many people to stand in the corridor because the hot, stuffy room was packed. ...

We did it guerrilla style

We launched our brand on Instagram

Can’t tell the young guys from Stone Brewing, Saint Archer Brewing, or Rowlberto Productions a thing about entrepreneurialism. All have employed innovative ways of reaching their business goals.

Big Softies: Two Kids Brewing & Plan 9 Alehouse

Two nanobrewing operations soft open in same week

These days, it seems like a new brewery is opening every week. Well, that’s just not true. Case in point—last week, when two new brewing companies entered their soft open stage. For the most part, ...

Green Flash lumbers ahead

Mira Mesa brewery has big intentions for big wood

You know you’re way into beer when you’re seated in a brewery, enjoying course after course of thoughtful food paired with fine craft beer, and instead of keeping your head down and focusing on consumption, ...

Alpine to brew beers at Green Flash’s facility

Mira Mesa brewery lending helping hand to local contemporaries

Alpine Beer Co. (2351 Alpine Boulevard, Alpine) benefits from a rabid cult following. On the surface, this is the perfect situation, but for many years this small brewery has been unable to produce anywhere near ...

Miramar Reservoir

Water birds on the lake and chaparral vegetation on the slopes make this a pleasant walk.

Green Flash debuting Genius Lab beers

Growing Mira Mesa brewing company launching small-batch brewing project.

Beer of the Week: Saint Archer Blonde Ale

Beery beast belongs outside shadow cast by Sculpin and Victory At Sea.

Lopez Canyon, Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve

This Los Peñasquitos tributary canyon has varied natural resources and a rich biodiversity of species.

Theft of Coachella tickets at 91X prompts plea

Radio station warns they’ll call cops

Josh Hammond, director of promotions and marketing at 91X, took to the station’s Facebook and Twitter pages on Friday, March 15, to put out the alert that "we have a serious problem." He posted an ...

Car-Smashing Criminals Caught (on Video) in Mira Mesa

Between 1:45 and 2:15 a.m. on Wednesday, November 7, thieves smashed the windows on several cars in a Mira Mesa neighborhood. Kim’s car was damaged and her Nook reading tablet was taken. She confirmed other ...

Brian Bilbray Apologizes to Mira Mesa

On Monday evening, June 4, the Mira Mesa Town Council hosted congressman Brian Bilbray, who fielded questions from residents in attendance for the monthly council meeting. Bilbray opened the 40-minute Q&A session with an apology ...

Harbor Presbyterian — Mira Mesa

Contact: Mira Mesa High School, 10510 Reagan Road, San Diego, 619-699-5950; harborpc.org Membership: 57 (attendance 115) Pastor: Bob Klein Age: 58 Born: Baltimore, Maryland Formation: Hope College-Western Theological Seminary, Holland, Michigan; Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, ...

Pho Forager

It came to me four or five years ago as — surfacing to catch my breath — I looked up from a steaming bowl of pho: there were more non-Vietnamese patrons having lunch in this ...

Sticker Shock

Residents of Cortina, a townhouse community with over a hundred homes located on Westview Parkway in Mira Mesa, have expressed their shock and frustration with the possibility of stricter parking rules around their properties. In ...

Crash and Burn

Shortly after 5:00 p.m. on July 25, an out-of-control truck hit two parked cars, slammed into another parked truck in a driveway, and ended up plowing into a garage on the 8100 block of Calico ...

Kept on Truckin'

Just after 1:30 a.m. on July 14, a truck drove through the front of a home at the intersection of Arrow Rock Avenue and Gold Coast Drive in Mira Mesa. The vehicle took out an ...

Median Income

On March 7, two panhandlers were stationed at the intersection of Mira Mesa Boulevard and Westview Parkway. One of the two men stood on the center divider of Westview Parkway while another stood on the ...

The Brand, the Future

“Mira Mesa Welcomes You” banners hanging on light posts around the community may soon be replaced with a new logo and slogan. Instead of welcoming visitors and residents to the suburban neighborhood with a generic ...

Good News, Good Grub

Roughly 450 stockholders filled the tiered Irwin M. Jacobs Hall at 5775 Morehouse Drive on Tuesday, March 2, for Qualcomm’s annual stockholders’ meeting. Chairman/CEO Paul Jacobs presented statistics pertaining to Qualcomm’s fiscal 2009 performance, the ...

Good Will for Tax Time

Stacy, a Good Will employee working at a drop-off site located in the Mira Mesa Park & Ride, describes the period between Christmas day and New Year’s Eve as extremely busy. She says “1251 people” ...

Good Shepherd Roman Catholic Parish

“Do you know about this priest?” asked the man next to me in the pew, referring to Father Phien Van Pham, the Vietnamese celebrant. “He was persecuted for his faith — he spent quite a ...

Halloween Police

Halloween was a complete nightmare for me. I had three parties lined up and the easiest costume in Halloween history. My girlfriend had ordered a Kate Gosselin wig and goofy big sunglasses for herself. I ...

Gas Pump in Question

On Monday, November 9, I filled up my empty gas tank at a station in Mira Mesa. (The tank was so empty, the car had stalled once just before I reached to the station.) After ...

Another Perfect Day

Snapshots of all sides of our neighborhoods.

BALBOA PARK Another Perfect DayBy downtownphotoguy, June 26Today we were in Presidio Park in the morning and Balboa Park in the afternoon. We were shooting with a variety of lenses and techniques…. It seems everybody ...

It Takes a Village and 19 Months

Like most middle-class American newlyweds, we spent our first year in a cozy two-bedroom apartment that quickly grew too small for both of us. Around the turn of the millennium, my wife and I entertained ...

They Saw Nothing

Police are investigating what they believe to be a gang-related stabbing that occurred behind an apartment complex on Camino Ruiz in Mira Mesa on Friday, September 18. According to police radio traffic, just before 10:30 ...

Burrito Money

A robbery occurred at Roberto’s Taco shop on the corner of Black Mountain Road and Mira Mesa Boulevard at around 11:55 p.m. on Tuesday, September 8. Two men reportedly went inside the store wearing white ...

Take It to the Canyon

Hikers, bikers, Boy Scouts, conservationists, and councilman Carl DeMaio were among the crowd of around 50 people gathered at Camino Ruiz Park in Mira Mesa on Saturday, August 8, to celebrate the opening of the ...

Forward, Marchi

Fabio Marchi is not your typical politician; in fact, he's not much of a politician at all, and he's the first one to say it. In June, Marchi, a 48-year-old North County general contractor and ...

Rabbits Run Amok in Mira Mesa

On Wednesday, June 17, the ever-growing rabbit population in the Tampico Community, a residential area of Mira Mesa overlooking Black Mountain canyon, lost two members. In isolated incidents, one rabbit was hit by a car ...

Beyond Pesky Flies

On June 2, county officials announced a quarantine on areas of Mira Mesa after finding four adult Mediterranean fruit flies and 14 larvae in the neighborhood. “They were all found in residential yards,” says county ...

On a Dark and Misty Night...

On Sunday, May 31, at 4:30 a.m., a Honda Civic traveling in the northbound lane of Westview Parkway struck the rear left side of a parked ’90s model Volkswagen Passat. The accident occurred between Galvin ...

Red Means Stop

San Diego police are investigating a two-car collision that killed a 24-year-old woman on Tuesday, June 2. The crash, which occurred shortly after 1 p.m. at Camino Ruiz and Carroll Canyon Road, prompted authorities to ...

Captured: Toy Gun Bandit

The “Toy Gun Bandit,” who has been robbing small businesses in the Mira Mesa area for the past five weeks, struck again on Friday, May 23. He entered the am/pm store on Black Mountain Road ...

Toy Gun, Real Crime

For the past three weeks, a lone male has been robbing stores in the Mira Mesa area. He strikes late at night, when there are no customers. He enters quickly, shows a knife, and demands ...

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