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.

His book, San Diego Beer News Complete Guide to San Diego Breweries, is now available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, and Kobo.

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Latest Articles

Sampler Flight: It's the Reader's turn on April 27!

This week, the Reader’s getting in on the ale-driven action!

April 22 | Homebrew Trade & Taste: Little Italy’s original Bottlecraft location is as much a center for craft beer communalism as it is a retail outlet. Helping to foster this well-earned reputation is this ...

The Bailey, Julian Brewing Co. for sale

Julian’s first brewpub has been put on the open market

When news broke in early 2012 of two families with deep local brewing ties teaming up to bring Julian its first brewpub, the townspeople — and most of the beer fans in San Diego County ...

Cross-genre jam session births massive IPA

Brewers helping non-brewers make their hoppy dreams come true

I’ll admit it. When I first heard Stone Brewing Co. was conducting a collaboration brew with a member of jam band The String Cheese Incident and a journeyman guitarist who’d shredded with the likes of ...

Viva Cervecería Azteca

Aztec Brewing Company’s beers returning to Mexico

Even before Aztec Brewing Company (2330 La Mirada Drive, #300, Vista) was up and running, owners John Webster and Claudia Faulk received inquiries from businesses in Mexico asking to carry their beer. The reason — ...

Sneak Peek: Karl Strauss Brewery Gardens

30-year-old Sorrento Mesa restaurant undergoes a complete refresh

With magnificent Japanese-style gardens, a waterfall, and a koi lagoon flanking its northern edge, Karl Strauss Brewing Company’s Brewery Gardens location (9675 Scranton Road, Sorrento Mesa) is the crown jewel of its brewery-restaurant empire. I’ve ...

Sampler Flight: April 15 – 21

From foodie to festival-goer, there’s something for everyone this week

April 19 | One-Year Anniversary: Join owner and brewmaster Alex Van Horne as he celebrates Year One of his sci-fi-themed Intergalactic Brewing Company over the course of three sessions including his favorite brews from the ...

2014 World Beer Cup winners

Local winners from the Olympics of brewing

The Olympics of beer, the World Beer Cup, went down last Friday, and while San Diego’s brewers didn’t get to parade into the event in matching jumpsuits to the cheers of their countrymen, they left ...

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 ...