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Shark Tank survivor helps take bite out of blight

Barrel Republic's effort to expand on Garnet thwarted

The 55-foot storefront at 1253 Garnet Avenue has had plastic, wood, and graffiti-covered windows for a long time, said everyone I asked. Those who have been doing business on the same block say the building ...

Insurance for the craft

Small breweries come together to benefit employees

This month, the California Craft Brewers Association became the first craft-beer trade association in the country to establish a benefits trust intended to help small brewing companies reduce the cost of providing benefits packages to ...

Layoffs at Stone Brewing

New CEO blames a decline in domestic growth

On Thursday October 13, Escondido-based Stone Brewing laid off approximately 5 percent of its work force. San Diego's largest brewery by sales volume, the company counted roughly 1200 employees on payroll prior to the layoffs, ...

A baseball-friendly anniversary beer

San Diego's fifth-oldest brewery embraces its sports-bar side

Oggi's Pizza & Brewing Co. celebrates its 25th anniversary this month. While the restaurant franchise didn't start making its own beer until 1995, its original pizza restaurant opened in 1991 in Del Mar. The place ...

Brewery vs brewpub snafu at beer competition

Karl Strauss remains a winner but bumps down Fat Head

The Great American Beer Festival stumbled over the distinction between a brewpub and a brewery on Saturday. During its midday awards ceremony, San Diego's oldest brewery, Karl Strauss Brewing, was awarded the title Mid-Size Brewpub ...

Karl Strauss Wins Mid-Size Brewing Co. of the Year

14 San Diego breweries medal at Great American Beer Festival

The competition keeps getting tougher, but San Diego beer keeps coming out a winner at the 2016 Great American Beer Festival. San Diego area breweries tallied 18 medals overall at the annual beer competition held ...

Along comes a cider

Brewer quits beer, swings open Turquoise Barn door

While he worked at it several years, Neil Kennedy never considered himself a great homebrewer. "I was always really mediocre at making beer," he says, and being an Escondido resident meant he couldn't exactly talk ...

Belly up to the kombucha bar

Fermented tea aims to compete with soft drinks more than beer

Tasting rooms have become a dime a dozen in San Diego, but beer is not on the menu of one that opened on Pacific Highway in May. Bootstrap Kombucha offers free tasters and fills growlers ...

Thunderhawk HO!

Childhood buds open a brewery together

Thunderhawk Alements officially joined Miramar's growing Miralani Drive brewing scene in mid-September, opening its small tasting room and drinking patio to weekend crowds. It sits in just across the street from the recently opened Setting ...

Beer mapping Sorrento Valley

"It's not like I have to pick which community's football team I need to support."

In September, Sorrento Valley got new neighborhood signs from the city. Three signs mark the western Sorrento border along the 805 freeway. The fourth designates a northeastern border, on Calle Cristobal, just east of Camino ...

Kilowatt amped to bring groovy brew thing to O.B.

Tasting room to welcome dogs, kids, and the discerning palate

Kearny Mesa brewery Kilowatt Brewing has announced it will bring its colorful, black-lit tasting room style to a satellite tasting room in Ocean Beach. Kilowatt joins a suddenly surging O.B. beer scene, which in the ...

Märzen on the menu

October comes early for beer fans

Over in Munich, Oktoberfest started on Saturday, September 17th, and will continue until October 3rd, attracting an estimated six million thirsty souls to drink more than two million gallons of beer. As big as beer ...

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