San Diego Beer News

Brandon Hernández takes you inside the San Diego suds scene. His book, Complete Guide to San Diego Breweries, is available through the Reader and Amazon.

Whatever you say, Bagby

What brewmaster says goes (really well) at Oceanside’s Bagby Beer Co.

Helping in the conceptualization of some interesting brews as part of my Beer to the Rescue lupus awareness campaign has been an amazing experience. A saison infused with yuzu and lemongrass, an imperial stout with ...

Boogie, buses & barrels

Sampler Flight of local beer events for April 21-26

April 25 | Rhythm and Brews: With a membership like that of no other consortium in the craft beer industry, no group is better equipped than the San Diego Brewers Guild to provide a first-class ...

Vista’s Belching Beaver to construct second brewery in Oceanside

Damn, the Beav sure is growing fast!

Few brewing companies have shown such a burning desire to grow — and grow now — as Vista-based Belching Beaver Brewery. Less than a year after their early 2012 debut, they became one of the ...

RIP PB AleHouse

PB AleHouse will go on!

Original article redacted. PB AleHouse will not be closing its doors as is still in the process of rebuilding after its February kitchen fire. More details will be posted as they become available closer to ...

Meet Prodigy Brewing Company

Former San Diego Brewing Co. brewmaster follows arrow to new project

"Prodigy Brewing is about you, my friend, and you are what really sets us apart." Those were the words handed down to brewer Dean Rouleau from Prodigy Brewing Company founding member Howell Gillogy. With someone ...

High on the chai

Rock Bottom's chocolaty-spicy dessert-like beer

Vanilla, coffee, chilies…they’ve all had their time in the sun and their time in the fermenter as en vogue beer additives. Some were pretty obvious go-withs, while others (like, say, scorpion peppers and breakfast cereal) ...

Not (yet) enough kegs from the Toolbox

Brett specialists keep it exclusively adventurous

Though my initial visit to Toolbox Brewing Company didn’t yield beers that cashed in on the brewery’s ultimate potential, they were promising, and I’ve made it a point to check out their beers whenever an ...

Girl in Port prepares to ship out

Pizza Port brewer Devon Randall takes the L.A. job

Citra-R-Ama, Whale’s Tails, Gingerbread Chateau, May the Port Be with You, Saisian Persuasion — all are beers birthed from the system at Pizza Port’s Solana Beach brewpub…and I’m going to miss all of them. Devon ...

The best happy hour for a beer hound like me

The Bellows This wood-fired-oven-driven, casual-yet-upscale bar and resto has one of North County’s most conscientiously cultivated beverage assortments. From a beer list that features specialties, one-offs, and Bellows Forge, a smoked oatmeal stout developed especially ...

Get to school, hopheads

A sampler flight of local beer events happening April 14–20

Many of San Diego’s brewers are in Portland, Oregon, this week, attending the industry’s annual Craft Brewers Conference, but there are plenty of good local events on tap. April 18 | CityBeat Festival of Beers: ...

Not bulky but bueno

Glitterati shows to glug offerings from nth-level brewer-geek

Since the Cork and Craft debuted late last year, beer fans have awaited the debut of its onsite brewery’s ales. This has a lot to do with the fact that the man at the brewhouse ...

St. Paddy's Day's dark star

Black Irish Stout debuts at Scripps Ranch's other brewery

There’s never a shortage of fun imbibing opportunities come St. Patrick’s Day. Most involve Guinness, green beer, or whisky and car-bombs of Irish attribution. Being a beer locavore, I gravitate to March 17 celebrations involving ...

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