San Diego Beer News

Off to Honolulu for beer week

Handful of San Diego breweries fly to the islands on business

Hawaii celebrated its first beer week April 17–23, highlighting a growing taste for suds in the island state. Several San Diego breweries sent representatives and beer to participate in Honolulu Beer Week, which included events ...

Belching Beaver getting big

Six-packs, sours, and a full restaurant in the works

Belching Beaver Brewing has been in serious expansion mode this spring. In March, the company more than quadrupled its capacity by moving in to a 30-barrel production brewery in Oceanside. Meanwhile, its original 15-barrel Vista ...

Mikkeller brings a world of craft beer to San Diego

Beer breakfast included Brunch Weasel imperial stout

Danish brewing company Mikkeller made its long-anticipated Miramar debut the weekend of April 15th. While new breweries tend to open in San Diego with every gibbous moon, they usually aren't started by a European craft ...

San Diego brewers fare well against a world of competition

Council and Intergalactic win big in L.A.

Sixteen San Diego–based breweries (and one meadery) earned medals in April at the the 2016 Los Angeles International Beer Competition. Out of more than a thousand entries covering 97 categories, San Diego companies made a ...

San Diego breweries get into packaging

Bottles and cans just clap your hands...

Nine local breweries are introducing bottles and/or cans for the first time in the first half of 2016. That's only a small fraction of the roughly 120 brewhouses in the county, but nearly a 25 ...

High-octane 'shroom juice

Boochcraft's potent take on the kombucha tea found in health stores

The South Bay's brewing scene has been slowly coming to life over the past year, but there's another company that recently began working in Chula Vista with an ABC type 23 Small Beer Manufacturer license. ...

New numbers for San Diego beer jobs and sales

Craft beer grew. Ballast Point grew more.

This week, the National University System Institute for Policy Research issued its annual survey of San Diego craft-beer sales and employment, compiling figures for 2015. As expected, the results show continued brewery sales and jobs ...

Looking at all sides of San Diego's favorite bar stool debate

Small batch, hand crafted, and corporate owned

In the wake of local brewery acquisitions, a debate as to whether corporate-owned breweries can call their beer "craft" has been ongoing on barstools throughout San Diego. Scores of beer professionals gathered at Mission Brewery ...

Depot Springs due this summer in La Mesa

Brewery, restaurant, music venue back on track

Following several months of delays, construction has resumed on La Mesa's next brewery, Depot Springs Beer Co. Originally projected to open in December 2015, Depot Springs founder Aaron Dean pressed pause on the project last ...

Beer, money, influence, and Accela

True local brewers, take note

A downtown influence-peddling shop dear to the heart of San Diego mayor Kevin Faulconer has picked up yet another controversial big-money client. Multinational beer giant Anheuser-Busch has retained Presidio Public Affairs Group to lobby for ...

Modern Times plans pilot brewery in L.A.

"Pocket of radness" to feature coffee shop and vegan restaurant

September 23rd, Modern Times Beer tweeted its intention "to open a pilot brewery, restaurant, and specialty coffee shop in Los Angeles." Six months later, almost to the day, it revealed it has secured a location ...

The craft beer numbers are in...

More breweries in U.S. now than "at any time in American history"

The national craft-beer trade group known as the Brewers Association has issued an economic report detailing the growth of the craft-beer segment in 2015. At the end of 2015, there were 4269 breweries operating within ...

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