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Tough times for beer in El Cajon

URBN St. closure leaves city beerless till the spring

For a moment there, the El Cajon was on the verge of having three breweries. But last week, incoming Knox Corners Brewing announced via Facebook it had ended its efforts to open in El Cajon, ...

The internet loves AleSmith

Among the world's favorite 100 beers, 11 are made in San Diego

Beer-review website RateBeer.com released its annual accounting of the world's top brewers and beers, and San Diego breweries figured prominently. AleSmith was named number 2 on the list of Top Brewers in the World, Alpine ...

Craft is dead. Now we drink Indie Beer

As Big Beer creeps into town, locals want to change the lingo

The term Craft Beer may be in need of a makeover. The Union-Tribune reported this week that Bend, Oregon's 10 Barrel Brewing Co. has proposed a 10,000-square-foot brewpub in East Village. In response, local beer ...

Pure Project debuts in Miramar

After only six months, already serving flavorful beers

Back in August, it was announced a new brewery, Pure Project, would be taking over one of two turnkey brewhouses set up by HG Fenton's Brewery Igniter program in Miramar. Last week, Pure Project announced ...

Big in the barrio

Thorn St. Brewery nabs former boiler factory on National Avenue

The partners behind North Park's Thorn St. Brewery are branching out into Barrio Logan, where they will grow their brand — and their brewing capacity — as Thorn Brewing Company. Dan Carrico, Dennis O'Connor, and ...

Globe-trottin' hops

Nelson Sauvin and Motueka return to New Zealand in liquid form

Coronado Brewing Company announced it would begin distributing its Stingray IPA globally in January, shipping to six countries, including New Zealand. Among the four varieties of hops contributing to the IPA's tropical fruit flavors is ...

A giant can of beer to go

A couple pints at home with a growler alternative

A few months ago, I started hearing about breweries adding a new alternative to growlers in their tasting rooms: giant beer cans. Basically, a beertender fills a topless 32-ounce can straight from the tap. Then, ...

Thr3e Punk Ales signs a lease in Chula Vista

Third Avenue Village gets the craft brewery the city's been hoping for

Chula Vista's Third Avenue Village is gaining a brewery to add to the #southbayuprising craft beer movement. Thr3e Punk Ales has signed a ten-year lease on a 4000-square-foot storefront at 259 Third Avenue, in what ...

Green Flash's new brewmaster takes the wheel with a steady hand

Brewer Profile: Erik Jensen

Within minutes of Chuck Silva's resignation as brewmaster of Green Flash last September, owner Mike Hinkley promoted head brewer Erik Jensen to the position. It was a tremendous vote of confidence for Jensen, suddenly entrusted ...

No shots, no pitchers, no Fireball.

Urge's new brewpub pairs craft beer and whiskey in South Oceanside

As of January 7, the long anticipated Urge Gastropub & Whiskey Bank has opened to the public in Oceanside, and with it attached brewhouse Mason Ale Works is officially serving beer. The converted bank property ...

Sixty miles for a Nickel beer

Apple Pie and IPA served up in Julian's green-brick brewhouse

At an hour-and-15-minute drive, Julian's about as far as I can go from my house and still drink beer in San Diego County. That's not a drive I make often, so when I found myself ...

Kensington Brewing not so new after all

After three years, under-the-radar brewery opening a tasting room

In case anyone has wondered how many years a small brewery can operate in San Diego without garnering any press, the answer is three. I first encountered beer made by Kensington Brewing Company in late ...

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