San Marcos Stories

Beer of the Week: Rip Current Caught In A Rip IIIPA

One of the best beers from one of the county’s most prolific breweries.

Every time I go to Rip Current Brewing Company, I’m amazed at the large number of stylistically diverse beers they have available. Homebrewers at heart, brewers Paul Sangster and Guy Shobe do an impressive job ...

Brewery wanna-bes or never-will-bes

Prospective brewing company projects that are either silent or dead

At the time of this writing, I am keeping track of a whopping 42 brewing projects which are in the works within the boundaries of San Diego County. Of those, 35 are works-in-progress from new ...

Top events and things to do in San Diego this week, April 3–April 9

Featuring restaurants, craft brewers, and vintners with food, music, and poetry. Get a taste of 20 Leucadia restaurants plus Sip Stops, with ten beer or wine tastes served at retail shops. Event includes live poetry ...

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 ...

Suspected bike thieves rough up schoolboy

Two 18-year-olds busted — one divulges location of bicycle

A 16-year-old said he was riding his bike home from San Marcos High School on a Tuesday afternoon when he was confronted by two persons he had never seen before. “I just felt this punch,” ...

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 ...

Sampler Flight: March 4 – March 10

This week’s craft beer events a mixed bag of belles, beards and beer

March 8 | 2-Year Anniversary Celebration: They’ve quietly improved and expanded in the southern expanses of San Marcos, and now Stumblefoot Brewing Company is ready to cap off its second year in business with spiced ...

Sampler Flight: February 25 – March 2

Presenting a birthday, boobs, barrels and, of course, plenty of beer

February 27 | Second Anniversary Birthday Party: Is it an anniversary party or a birthday bash? With 15 Pizza Port beers on tap, including Raglan T-Rex IIPA, plus a cask of Green Flash Palate Wrecker, ...

Bystander in San Marcos shot in the butt

Drive-by victim was working on his car

Authorities are searching for a pair of individuals involved in a drive-by shooting in San Marcos that resulted in an innocent bystander being hit. According to a press release from San Diego sheriff's Sgt. Earnell ...

Coming Soon: The Bellows

A new artisanal venture from the creator of Churchill’s Pub

When it comes to craft beer bars and restaurants, it’s important to the success of such a venture (at least in San Diego, where there’s such a high level of competition) to have an owner ...

Uncle, nephew arrested during San Marcos church robbery

Witness alerts authorities, building surrounded before they could escape

Two men are in custody today (January 27) after being caught in the act of burglarizing a San Marcos church in the early morning hours. Daniel Arango and his newphew Luis Arango were seen forcing ...

Bloody fight in San Marcos goes to court

Beer-bottle bash to the head yields 30 stitches

“This is a mess,” said judge Harry Elias, commenting on a bloody street fight that happened last October in San Marcos; the matter came before his court January 14. The alleged victim, Elvis Gonzalez, claimed ...

Best events in San Diego: December 19–December 25

Thursday | 19 Naca Tamales of Nicaragua The tamales of Nicaragua are more of a meal than just masa. Inside each banana-leaf-wrapped tamale you’ll find tender chunks of pork, potatoes, rice, onions, olives, and prunes. ...

San Marcos driver crashes into sign, hydrant, rail, canyon

Medical condition likely attributable to erratic driving

A 37 year-old man (unnamed in police report) seemed to have suffered a seizure or other medical condition on Saturday afternoon, December 14, before his car launched into a canyon near the California State University ...

Deputies say they caught San Marcos burglar

Allegedly connected to other crimes through pawn shop

After officers witnessed a young man leap from a second-story window of a San Marcos home this summer, deputy Jason Allen asked him what he was doing. “He said, ‘Uh, breaking and entering?’” The deputy ...

$285K grant for rubberized road in San Marcos

Less tires in landfills, more braking power for cars

The City of San Marcos announced on November 26 that it has been awarded a $285,000 grant from the state CalRecycle rubberized-pavement grant program. The funds will be used to cover a portion of the ...

Beer of the Week: Lost Abbey Merry Taj IPA

Center for Belgian-inspired excellence debuts first India pale ale

The staff at The Lost Abbey (155 Mata Way, Suite 104, San Marcos) is known throughout the world—seriously—for its inspired takes on Belgian-style beers. From peppery saisons to a dubbel and quad rich in dried ...

Best of Beer Week: November 10

Making the most of the final day of San Diego Beer Week

Iron Fist Brunch: Every year, Churchill’s Pub & Grille closes out Beer Week the same way, by inviting Iron Fist Brewing Company brewmaster Brandon Sieminski and his beers over for brunch, which is available a ...

Best of Beer Week: November 8

Go beer-crazy on the eighth day of San Diego Beer Week

Ballast Point Tap Takeover: For years, The High Dive has been standout Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits’ best, most loyal account. Now, it’s time for payback in the form of specialty beers that will flow ...

Best of Beer Week: November 5

Keeping things quality nearing San Diego Beer Week’s halfway point

Boobs, Brats & Beer to Help Find the Cure: Mission Brewery Plaza’s Acoustic Ales Brewing Experiment is teaming with Hillcrest sausage outfit, Salt and Cleaver, to offer beer and bratwurst in exchange for donations to ...

San Diego's Top 10 Breweries

Awash in suds

San Diego’s top-ten breweries, according to Brandon Hernández, who was here when it all began.

Iron Fist introduces four-packs

Vista brewery doling out extra pale ale four-at-a-time

Because one can never have enough beer, even a bottle-share can lead to a second sudsy location. In the case of the share I reported on earlier this week (where I dug up early info ...

Groundbreaking for $3.9 million park in San Marcos

The City of San Marcos is set to break ground this week on a $3.9 million park and recreation complex located on 4.7 acres of land adjacent to San Marcos Elementary, along the 300 block ...

Hungry crows feast on figs in San Marcos

Undeterrable thousands

Fig-tree groves along North Twin Oaks Road in San Marcos are being invaded by thousands of crows. According to Jerry Burke, who has a small grove on Solar Lane, just off Twin Oaks Road, it’s ...

Meet Dos Desperados Brewery

Would-be retiree lured out of easy life by brewing bug

Some people just aren’t cut out for retirement. Such is the case with Steve Munson, a long-time homebrewer who, rather than ride off into the twilight of life, has decided to follow his passion for ...

Construction of San Marcos High School to last all year

Last phase projected for completion August 2014

About 2300 students have been housed in approximately 100 modular units at the “interim campus” of San Marcos High School for the past year and a half, since demolition and then construction began on their ...

Rip Current Awareness Week

A look back at beers from San Marcos brewery's grand opening event

Though the doors to their tasting room have been open for some time, Rip Current Brewing Company (1325 Grand Avenue, San Marcos) celebrated its official grand opening on June 7 and 8 with its Rip ...

Pomp and Resistance

It had been cold and cloudy when I’d dressed that morning, and the commencement ceremony wasn’t scheduled to begin until 4:30 p.m.; it never occurred to me that I might find myself trapped for over ...

Food trucks cause concern near San Marcos elementary school

Narrow streets, hungry kids could be problematic

Food trucks have reportedly been causing unsafe traffic conditions while they sell snacks to children as they leave Joli Ann Leichtag Elementary School in the afternoon. According to Hector Romans, the father of two daughters, ...

Street Style San Marcos:The Lost Abbey Bartenders

Tasting beer at Lost Abbey brewery is not a bad way to spend a Saturday afternoon. Tasters are only $1 a pop. Do not be deceived, while tasters are only 4 0z, their beer is ...

Car Show Sunday in San Marcos in its second year

Exotics, race cars, trucks, low-riders, classics

On the first Sunday of each month, from March to October, UPS drivers Steve Sherman and Frank Renteria put the brakes on delivering packages to North County residents and host Car Show Sundays in the ...

Carlsbad desalination plant pipeline installation proceeds

Part of Las Flores Drive closed for a week

Due to the Carlsbad Desalination Project, Las Flores Drive, between Grand Avenue and Mirada Drive in San Marcos, will be closed for a week. KSD Construction manager Brendan Slagle said the closure is related to ...

Calculated first steps for Stumblefoot

One year and double the space for young San Marcos brewery

San Marcos’ lofty place in San Diego’s craft brewing history is firmly cemented. It was home to Stone Brewing Co.’s original brewery, a space that has since been taken over by the owners of Pizza ...

Sandy Hook Elementary School Memorial in San Marcos

Little angel plaques and trees

In the aftermath of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, on December 14, the country was left devastated. One San Marcos man wanted to express more than his own grief by ...

Double Peak — San Marcos

Double your pleasure on this hike with inspiring vistas and a remarkable assortment of flowering plants.

Canine Capers Dog Show in San Marcos

The San Marcos Lions Club hosted their fifth annual Canine Capers Talent Show at Woodland Park on April 21, and a pair of newcomers took away the coveted Most Look-Alike trophy this year. When asked ...

UPS Can't Find Me. FedEx Can't Find Me. Visitors Always Get Lost.

San Diegans outside the bubble.

What’s it like to live in what passes for “the wilds" of San Diego County? Bill Manson finds out.

Rock Church Opens in San Marcos

The Rock Church of Liberty Station celebrated the opening of its North County location on Sunday, March 18. From its temporary sanctuary in Carlsbad, the popular mega-church moved to a permanent location in San Marcos. ...

Palomar Heights Church

Denomination: Assembly of God Membership: 175 Pastor: Jon Allbaugh Age: 45 Born: Kansas City, Kansas Formation: Vanguard University, Orange County Years Ordained: 22 San Diego Reader: How long do you spend writing your sermon? Pastor ...

Man Accused of Stabbing Mate While in Bed

A 28-year-old Escondido man is accused of stabbing his lover in the neck after an argument on Memorial Day morning, May 30. Alexander John Twedt was arraigned this week on a single charge of attempted ...

Child Porn Maker Marc Romain Mandina Avoids Jail

A French citizen living in San Marcos pleaded guilty to a single felony count of child porn, with the understanding that he will not spend any time in jail. Defendant Marc Romain Mandina, 41, was ...

Angry Man Sparks Fear at San Marcos Walmart

On May 30 at about 10:00 a.m., San Marcos Walmart customers were petrified when a man raged through the store, threatening to "shoot the place up,” according to a trembling and tearful witness. She said ...

Twin Oaks High School Student Charged with Knife Possession

At the Vista courthouse on May 23, Twin Oaks High School assistant principal Todd Marquet testified that 18-year-old Ernesto Gomez had been in attendance for two years before trouble arose. When Gomez got into an ...

San Marcos Boulevard Ready for Improvements

At the San Marcos City Council meeting on April 26, the council voted to accept improvements made to San Marcos Boulevard as part of the city’s “Smart Corridor Project.” The project was mostly paid for ...

Shelley Malil Sent to Donovan State Prison to Begin Life Sentence

Shelley Malil, a former Hollywood actor who tried to stab to death his ex-girlfriend in her San Marcos home in 2008, was sentenced to life in prison in December. He was sent from local jail ...

San Marcos Man Charged with Possession of Kid Porn

A 37-year-old man videotaped a 12-year-old girl taking off her clothes and then showering in his San Marcos home in 2007, according to prosecutor Keith Watanabe at the Vista Courthouse on Friday, February 18. Marc ...

Portable Basketball Hoop in the Way — and an Answer

Resident Jamie Wetzel appeared before the San Marcos city council on Tuesday, December 14 to discuss his issues with the city’s property value and neighborhood preservation ordinance. Over the past few months, Wetzel has been ...

Where Did the Save-A-Life Money Go?

The Chicago Tribune of January 16, 1995, ran a story of a mother, Carol Spizzirri, lamenting the death in an auto accident of her 18-year-old daughter, Christina, in 1992. “This is my girl,” whispered Spizzirri ...

San Marcos Officials Conceal Federal Fire Map

"It is not this council's policy to keep anything hidden from the people," said San Marcos’ Mayor Jim Desmond to fire chief Todd Newman during the city council's October 26 meeting. "The first time I ...

Salaries of San Marcos Administrators Questioned

“Tonight, I am asking for [city clerk] Susie Vasquez’s resignation,” said San Marcos business owner Laura Mouradian during the oral-communication portion of the September 14 city-council meeting. According to Mouradian, she was told by a ...