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Not winning a gold for pumpkin beer, but...

A disrespected seasonal style redeems itself

Pumpkin season comes earlier every year. Ballast Point released its seasonal Pumpkin Down in the middle of August, and I was not ready. I've never been enthusiastic about the pumpkin-spiced beverage trend, and its appearance ...

Local hops for local beer

Move over, avocados

Monkey Paw, ChuckAlek, and Nickel Beer have joined Ballast Point, Coronado, and Hess in using locally grown hops. Because some people want their beers fruitier, pinier, and/or spicier.

Beer-friendlier in Chula Vista

Nine years later, the South Bay’s first brewery has a tasting room

A recent social-media surge around the hashtag #southbayuprising has been calling attention to the proliferation of craft beer in the South Bay. While the recent addition of Border X Brewing, Novo Brazil Brewing, and a ...

Tour de Fat rides into Golden Hill

Folks of all types come out to celebrate two wheels and liquid bread

Cyclists of all stripes converged on Golden Hill Park Saturday afternoon (September 26) for the latest installment of Tour de Fat, a bicycle-centric traveling carnival used as both a cycling advocacy fundraiser and promotional venue ...

Green Flash brewer leaving town

Silva Brewing coming soon to San Luis Obispo

More big changes in the old guard of San Diego brewing. Longtime Green Flash brewmaster Chuck Silva announced his resignation, effective Monday, September 28. In a press release, Silva revealed he's leaving San Diego altogether ...

San Diego, greatest American beer city

Rip Current leads pack of winners at Great American Beer Fest

San Marcos Brewery Rip Current was named Very Small Brewing Company of the year at the Great American Beer Festival last week. The 33rd annual competition took place in Denver, and when winners were announced ...

Cervecita bien costarricense

San Diegans return from Costa Rica to start Pure Project

When Jesse Pine and his wife Agi moved from San Diego to Costa Rica three years ago, they found a craft-beer scene in its infancy. "It was kind of a struggle, because you could really ...

Vista’s beer buzz

Breweries propel North County city’s makeover

Some residents like that Vista is still sketchy in parts.

"My wife said, ‘You have too much beer.'"

And so Magnetic Brewing was born

Sometime late in August, about 21 months after signing a lease on a small Kearny Mesa industrial space, Morgan McCarty completed the long, arduous permitting process required to launch Magnetic Brewing. When was it specifically? ...

San Diego’s first Baja-centric beer fest

Craft beer hops the border

Baja California is currently home to around 100 craft breweries, but many San Diegans have never tried a Baja craft brew. While southbound tourism has been picking up, borderphobia and long return lines have led ...

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 ...

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 ...

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