Brandon Hernández

Brandon Hernández

Brandon Hernández is a native San Diegan and award-winning journalist with a passion for the culinary arts and all edible and quaffable fare. He is an editor for Zagat Survey and a communications specialist for Stone Brewing Co. In addition to his work for the Reader, he is also the San Diego correspondent for the nation's oldest craft beer publication, Celebrator Beer News, and a contributor to national outlets including Wine Enthusiast, Imbibe, The Beer Connoisseur, Beer West and Tasting Table. He has served as a consultant for Food Network, contributes to U-T San Diego's "Superdiners" panel and has contributed to numerous chefs' cookbook projects.

The newest 2014/2015 edition of his book, Complete Guide to San Diego Breweries iwas just released and is available .

Latest Articles

Fool for the brew

A sampler flight of local beer events happening March 31-April 6

April 1 | April Fool’s Day Beer Dinner: Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits is holding its first-ever beer-pairing dinner at the full-scale restaurant within its newly opened Miramar headquarters. Try out “beer-braised leg of beast” ...

San Diego breweries among country’s largest

Brewers Association releases list of 2014’s top 50 breweries

Each year, the Brewers Association releases its list of the country’s top 50 craft-brewing companies based on the previous year’s sales numbers. Each year that I post the rankings and numbers, comment sections go wild ...

24-carrot brew

Juli Goldenberg takes the cake at Stone’s homebrewing competition

Stone Brewing Co. is known worldwide for its envelope-pushing beers. Stone Enjoy by IPA, Stone Ruination IPA, and Stone IPA are fan favorites that fall in the company’s wheelhouse, but some of its most beloved ...

Asia by way of Belgium

Far East ingredients find their way into a Euro-style farmhouse ale

I may not be a great beer formulator, but when it comes to flavor combinations, I’m no slouch. In fact, it was my ability to cook and create on a culinary level that earned me ...

Beer touring: Barley Forge Brewing Co.

Following a Vista brewer to his brand new Costa Mesa facility

Having so many breweries here in my home county, it’s tough building up the gumption to drive outside San Diego for beer. Throw in the workload of reporting on all those breweries and it's no ...

Combing the North 40

Unique Carlsbad food and drink venue to feature a trio of local breweries

A while back (nine months to be exact…time flies when you’re drinking beer), I reported that AleSmith Brewing Company was working on establishing a combination tap room and retail establishment. Referred to as an upscale ...

The ales of March

Sampler flight of local beer events from March 24–30

March 26–29 | Charity Beer Releases: It’s a big week for lupus charity Beer to the Rescue. Two fundraiser beers will drop starting Thursday with Saisian Persuasion, an Asian ingredient-studded farmhouse ale from Pizza Port ...

Rolling out the barrels

Local breweries pushing the barrel-aging envelope

We’re at the point in the craft beer renaissance where barrel-aged beers are no longer rare. Sure, they’re rarer versions of certain beers in most cases (typically imperial stouts), but many craft breweries have barrel ...

Lupulin Against Lupus

Aztec brings back formerly local brewer to collaborate on charity IPA

Even though it was for the best, I was sad to see Kevin Buckley exit the San Diego beer industry. A former brewmaster at Vista’s Latitude 33 Brewing Company who also logged time at Alpine ...

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