San Diego Beer News

Beer of the Week: Belching Beaver Peanut Butter Milk Stout

Deconstructing the king of the growing PB brew niche

As I set out to figure out which San Diego County-brewed beer I would feature this week, I looked back on the past several months’ worth of ales and lagers I’ve spotlighted, and realized there ...

Dos Desperados comes out with guns blazing

San Marcos’ newest brewery opens with Wild West panache

These desperados have been tough to track down. Rather than drum up pre-open hype, Steve and Dora Munson have channeled their husband-and-wife energies into quietly establishing their plot a block north of San Marcos’ Restaurant ...

Meet Quantum Brewing Company

Small, scientific nanobrewery in the works in Kearny Mesa

Fifteen years saturated with constant travel provided Dylan Wallace many worldly experiences — he’s climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, traversed the Inca Trail, and eaten and drunk his way through many cities in Europe and Asia. But ...

Sampler Flight: March 25 – 31

Bands and women banding together among week’s beery highlights

March 29 | Two-Year Anniversary: Latitude 33 Brewing Company is throwing itself a “birthday party” with food from dueling gastrotrucks, music from a quartet of bands and five specialty beers including a strawberry-tinged version of ...

Pacific Brewing Company set to open

This weekend marks grand opening for new Miramar brewery

I’ve made it a focus to meet brewing entrepreneurs in the earlier stages of their brewery start-ups. Such was the case with Andrew Heino and Chris Chalmers, former Stone Brewing Co. brewers staking out together ...

Beer of the Week: La Jolla Brewing Big Time Stout

First seasonal from new, improved brewpub in The Jewel is a hit

In some ways it felt like nothing had changed. There I was on the patio of the brewpub on Fay Avenue, drinking beer with my dog. But that was the extent of any real similarity. ...

Meet Jamul Brewing Company

Not to be confused with the town’s other eponymous upstart

I’m not perfect. I accepted that long ago. So, two weeks ago, when I was notified that I’d used an incorrect Twitter handle to call out an article about a brewpub setting up shop in ...

AleSmith movin’ on up

Acclaimed brewing company locked-in for expansion to large-scale Miramar facility

It was an evening nearly half-a-year ago. I was sharing time, beer, and conversation with Peter Zien, owner and brewmaster at AleSmith Brewing Company (9368 Cabot Drive, Miramar). Over the years, this kindly San Diego ...

Sampler Flight: March 18 – 24

A small but formidable handful of local beer events

March 22 | Bands & Beers: Music and beer aren’t all that different. A creative drive is behind both of these artistic ventures, after all. Both mediums will be celebrated together when bands, The Mice, ...

From Rock Bottom to Mike Hess

Head brewer from closed downtown brewpub finds new life in North Park

Last October, I received an email from a colleague of a professional brewer Jason Stockberger asking if I knew of any open brewing positions. Stockberger’s job as head brewer was eliminated when national chain Rock ...

Beer of the Week: The Lost Abbey Cuvee de Tomme

If it’s on tap, it’s not to be missed

There are some beers that rarely make it on draft outside of their native tasting rooms. Produced in small quantities, they’re the types of brews that, regardless of what I’m in the mood for, I ...

A tale of two brewpubs

Urge nixes bowling, Amplified owner movin’ on up

This is a tale of two brewpubs…neither of which exist. This is nothing new for me, writing about businesses that aren’t yet tangible. In fact, reporting on the not-yet-realized dreams of hopeful brewers is pretty ...

North Park Beer Co. preview?

Pro-brewer to-be’s collaboration beer tapping around town

The name Kelsey McNair is well known among San Diego beer enthusiasts. To many, he’s looked upon as the next big hope for North Park. An accomplished homebrewer who’s brought home many awards and tantalized ...

Sampler Flight: March 11–17

St. Patty's Day suds and a whole lot more

March 11 – 16 | Anniversary Festivities: Mardi Gras was last week, but Ciro’s Pizzeria is keeping the good times rolling with eight days of celebration including a party with Stone Brewing Co., trivia nights ...

First Drafts: URBN St. Brewery

Former Stone brewer homebrewing eventual brewpub offerings

Just four guys sitting around the brewery drinking beer…and, yes, we all have beards. This was the Facebook post describing the first media tasting session for the beers of URBN St. Brewery (110 North Magnolia ...