Vista Stories

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 ...

Uma and the skunk

Blogger Patty Clark envisions what it would be like to bleed to death. Then she writes about a skunk intruder in her home.

Man accused of shoplifting and battery at Vista grocery

Claimed he had AIDS and threatened to bite, witness said

“He tried biting me on my left bicep,” said Alvaro Miranda, who is a loss prevention officer for a grocery store in Vista. “Shortly after that, he said, ‘I have AIDS and I’m gonna bite ...

Vista neighbor accused of arson

Woman said she saw the man next door use a lighter

The petite Vietnamese lady said she saw her neighbor do it. Miss Ut Jones said she was outside gardening when “He start the fire three time," the elderly woman said with a heavy accent in ...

Beer of the Week: Iron Fist Renegade Blonde Ale

The quintessential gateway craft beer? I think so!

The term “gateway beer” is used to describe a craft beer that is similar in appearance and style to the American adjunct lagers produced by large brewing companies like Miller-Coors and AB-InBev. At this point, ...

Suspects sought in open space pot grows

The San Diego Sheriff’s Department is looking for information that might lead them to the individuals behind several marijuana farming operations unearthed over the last week. Between September 24 and 25, deputies on the Narcotics ...

The Local to go the brewery route

Crafty eatery and drinking hole entering brewing arena

Popular watering hole The Local Eatery and Drinking Hole (1065 Fourth Avenue, Downtown) is working on establishing its own brewery. A an early adapter to the craft beer model, The Local regularly serves a long ...

Top 10 on tap

Updating the brewing projects I’m most excited about

Earlier this year, I shared the local brewing projects I was most highly anticipating. Most of them (Pizza Port Bressi Ranch, Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens – Liberty Station, Benchmark Brewing Company, Hess Brewing ...

Young Frankenstein at Moonlight Stage

No comedian gets to his inner child faster, or stays longer, than Mel Brooks. “There are no rules,” says the self-annointed psychiatrist in Brooks’s 2000-Year-old Man album. “A hundred years from now, they’ll decide what ...

Beer of the Week: Mother Earth Headlock IPA

A San Diego-style IPA that grabs you and refuses to let go

Popular opinion is that Bob Filner is a buffoon. If you didn’t already think so, here’s further proof. While mayor of the craft beer capital of the country, the guy walked into a San Diego ...

No Run and Shoot

Wild Duck 5K sounds like a version of that Winter Olympics thingy where they cross country ski and then shoot stuff. That might be cool to have a cross country run paired with marksmanship. However, ...

An update on the Aztec empire

Vista brewery closing out year dos with new beers and ambition

At nearly two years of age, Aztec Brewing Company (2330 La Mirada Drive, Suite 300, Vista) is one of the elder statesmen in its North County municipality, which is home to eight operating brewhouses with ...

Never Homeless: House bounce

Lost job leads to lost residence

It all started when I was working for Freeway Insurance as a sales trainee in Clairemont. I was hired by my good friend Kevin, my former manager at American Graphics, where we sold promotional giveaways ...

Warning: Read the bank's fine print

A Vista resident who can't read English says he's victimized by a bank's fine print.

Meet Barrel Harbor Brewing Company

The next in a long line of Vista breweries scheduled for August debut

Statistics show that Vista is home to more breweries per capita than any other municipality in the United States. It’s not surprising considering how hospitable the City has been in fostering the establishment and growth ...

Hip-hop shop opens in downtown Vista

Vista's fertile ground

Darrell Waterman remembers the names of the local hip-hop artists who drove a healthy local hip-hop scene when he was in high school (Oceanside’s El Camino, class of 2002). “The old-school cats that inspired me ...

Teenage boy crashes stolen car in Vista

Deputy saw it driving with headlights off

A 13-year-old boy led deputies on a short vehicle police chase that ended in a fiery crash at about 1:30 a.m. on June 24, according to authorities. No one was seriously hurt, and the boy ...

Beer of the Week: Latitude 33 Camel Corps Single Hump IPA

A pair of Vista brewery’s beers now available in bottles

Since my first visit, I’ve encountered beer of reliably good quality at Latitude 33 Brewing Company (1430 Vantage Court, Suite #104, Vista). Whenever I see a new creation from brewmaster Kevin Buckley, I order it ...

Graffiti vandals make big strike in Vista

Vans, trucks, trailers, and campers

Early Monday morning, June 3, calls were made to the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department to report graffiti painted on many vehicles and the sidewalk on the 400 block of Poinsettia Avenue in Vista. Most ...

As I Lay Dying in jail

A recounting of the arrest of As I Lay Dying frontman Tim Lambesis, suspected of attempting to hire a hit man to kill his wife.

Urge: Craft Alley hires brewer

Vet of The Lost Abbey, Boulevard to helm upcoming Vista brewpub.

Beer of the Week: Mother Earth Big Mother IIIPA

India pale ale? family-run Vista brewery says, "make it a triple!"

Last year was the first in which triple IPAs like Russian River Pliny the Younger and Dogfish Head 120-Minute IPA became available enough that I had the chance to taste them not once, but several ...

Urge bowling into Vista

Urge: Craft Alley to bring brewpub, bottle shop, bowling alley to North County

Musical theater is a sport!!

A Winkie, a Roman soldier, and an enchanted rug — all the same guy!

Beer Touring: Indian Joe Brewing

“Indian” pale ales and gourmet food at Vista nanobrewery

I pride myself on being on the bleeding edge of San Diego’s incoming brewery class. Often, I’ll report on new operations months or even over a year before they open their doors. I was the ...

Big Lots store in Vista closes after 16 years

The Big Lots store at the Shadowridge Plaza Shopping Center located on Sycamore Road in Vista, is scheduled to close its doors forever on April 15. According to store manager Oliver Cregier, even though the ...

Vista’s illegal parking problem on Poinsettia Avenue

A no-man’s land of code enforcement

On Poinsettia Avenue in Vista, which runs parallel along the westbound side of Highway 78, catering trucks, vehicles for sale, and vehicles parked there to advertise services are a everyday sight from the freeway. According ...

Yellow Deli People: Mellow believers or cult of opportunists?

Turning the clock back 2000 years is no easy task.

The Twelve Tribes religious sect staffs their Yellow Delis with volunteers. Thus, they don’t pay workers’ compensation or minimum wage. Thus, they are in trouble with the IRS.

Buena Vista Park — Arroyo Vista Trail

An urban park opens to a natural, semi-wild area with a creek and a dense riparian forest. No virgin forest, but there's shade in Buena Vista Park.

Happy New Beer: 2012's Best Breweries

There were more new brewery openings than there were months in 2012, and the field is as varied as it is extensive, ranging from veteran brewers looking to challenge the big boys to guys with ...

Give a man a fish...

Vista's Solutions Farms has a staff of formerly homeless people who produce lettuce and tilapia.

Vandals Smash Cars in Vista

Located on the 200 block of Smilax Road Vista, Mariposa Apartments has been the site of countless vehicle damage and vandalism incidents since the spring of 2012. Situated in a park-like setting, the complex is ...

Snails Invade Vista After Recent Rains

Shortly after the rainfall on the weekend of Oct. 19–21, Vista’s (southeastern) Buena Creek area and western Vista, near S. Santa Fe Avenue, were invaded by thousands of small cone-shaped snails. The terrestrial gastropod mollusks ...

Vista Apartment Dweller Did Not Go Easily

It took five deputies, four bean-bag rounds, one taser, and a dog to extract a renter from an apartment in Vista, according to recent testimony in San Diego’s North County Superior Court. Toshio Suzuki, then ...

Red-Light Cameras Go Nuts in Vista

In the busiest part of the day, the traffic lights at the intersection of Santa Fe Drive at Vista Village Drive in downtown Vista went off around 11:50 a.m. on September 14, due to the ...

Side of Judgment

"Isn’t it nice here?” “It’s beautiful,” I said to my friend Jen. I made a sweeping glance of the restaurant’s patio, taking in the coral bougainvillea blossoms, the green leaves cascading from the trellis, and ...

First Lutheran Church Vista

Ramón Zarate was a business administration major before he graduated to God.

False Alarms on Post Office Closures

Earlier this month, the United States Postal Service announced that it had withdrawn its plan to close hundreds of post offices around the country. Two San Diego County post offices were on the list, as ...

Vista Assembly of God

Pastor Steven Myatt intended to become a businessman. But he thought there had to be more to life.

Convicted Killer Dontaye Henderson Gets 80 Years to Life

The mother of murdered 25-year-old Tamara Henderson told the killer, “I forgive you for killing my daughter and I pray for you.... I know that hating you would only eat me up inside.” When convicted ...

Vista Woman Admits Stealing Books From County Libraries

A Vista woman accused of stealing thousands of books from libraries around San Diego County pleaded guilty to one count of “commercial burglary” in the Vista courthouse on February 20. An investigation reportedly started last ...

Suburban Standards

While drilling holes into records, Colin Tappe talks about Standards, a record store he is preparing to open in Vista. “I just wanna do something for North County. That’s where I am, and I like ...

Women Describe Rape and Kidnap in Vista

Two women, 19 and 20 years old, gave testimony in the Vista courthouse on October 19, describing an ordeal during which they said they were kidnapped and raped last May. The women said the 33-year-old ...

Vista Man Taking Out Garbage Reports Graffiti

At a preliminary hearing at the Vista courthouse on August 29, Christian Padilla faced charges for an incident that occurred August 14. On that night, a man taking out the garbage after 10 p.m. saw ...

Highway Shooting in Vista?

On Tuesday, August 30, at approximately 7:10 a.m., a man driving a Dodge minivan summoned police to a Vista gas station because he believed his front passenger side window had been destroyed in a random ...

Vista and Marine Base Post Offices May Shut Down

Last month, the United States Postal Service published a list 3653 post offices to be studied for closure. In San Diego County, two offices are on the list: zip code 92140, located at the Marine ...

It's a Tough Crowd at Vista Boxing Ring

It's a tough crowd. It’s such a tough crowd th at no one believed the repeated messages that the killer left on the victim’s cell phone threatening to “bust a cap” into him. Until Hector ...

Alleged Rapist Pleads Guilty to Lesser Charge, Is Released From Custody in Vista

Giovanni Abarca, 18, pleaded guilty to contributing to the delinquency of a minor, a misdemeanor, in exchange for dropped felony charges — including rape of an intoxicated person — according to prosecutor Kate Flaherty. Abarca ...

Michael Pines Defends Himself at Arraignment in Vista

Tempers flared in the Vista courthouse on May 17 when 59-year-old Michael Theodore Pines, acting as his own attorney, was brought before a superior-court judge. Prosecutor James Romo said that Pines has filed suits against ...

Vista Skaters Beg for a New Park

A room full of young skaters, their parents, and other supporters of building a skate park in Vista appeared at the city council meeting on May 10. “It is not just a skate park,” said ...

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