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Beer SaturaTION

A sampler flight of local beer events happening January 27-February 1

January 30-February 1 | TION Weekend: It’s good to know people. Thanks to long-standing ties between O’Brien’s Pub and the world-renowned Russian River Brewing Company, the former is able to put on an epic list ...

New projects for New English

Sorrento Valley brewery working on expansion, signature beer for Catania

With the rapid growth of so many San Diego brewing companies, it’s easy to lose sight of those following the less-flashy, slow-and-steady model. One such operation, New English Brewing Company (11545 Sorrento Valley Road, #305, ...

Beer to the Rescue: Hildegard IIIPA

Benchmark Brewing Company goes REALLY big for charity

Last week, I shared news of Beer to the Rescue, a year-long campaign raising funds for the Lupus Foundation of Southern California (LFSC) via sales of specialty beers from local brewing companies. The first of ...

Beer Touring: Wavelength Brewing Company

New nanobrewery gives Old Town Vista its second craft beer dispensary

Most of the time, I try to suppress my enthusiasm over checking out new brewing companies, waiting long enough for them to get on their feet and get some brews under their belts before I ...

Green Flash truckin' along

Mira Mesa brewing company to sate visitor’s hunger with branded food truck.

I remember the day I first met Dave Adams. At the time, he was working to meld the wide-ranging array of beers at Churchill’s Pub & Grille with the venue’s evolving cuisine. Within five minutes ...

Howl at the moon… -light or -shine

Sampler flight of local beer events happening January 20-26

January 23 | Deconstructed Anniversary Ale Night: O’Brien’s Pub is inviting Jeffers Richardson, director of Firestone Walker Brewing Company’s Barrelworks division, to taste through the numerous barrel-aged beers which were blended together to produce the ...

AleSmith & Mikkeller’s geeky collab

Renowned coffee stout experts band together for buzzy brew

It’s nice to imagine two guys who are now giants of the craft brewing movement meeting as homebrewers and forming a lifelong friendship. My, my — the conversations, ideas, and techniques Peter Zien and Mikkel ...

All that…and less

Stone debuts gluten-reduced India pale ale

Prior to my Lupus diagnosis, doctors attempted to determine the cause of my symptoms, which included severe stomach pains and other gastrointestinal distress. At one point, they speculated that I might be gluten-intolerant. My heart ...

Meet Thr3e Punk Ales

Future Santee brewery set to brew inside existing Santee brewery

John Marshall, Kevin Lewis, and Steve Garcia have lived and breathed brewing and punk rock for years. They look back to the emergence and rise of numerous local punk acts during the late nineties and ...

Beer to the rescue

Brewers unite for a year-long lupus research and awareness campaign

The first time I heard about lupus was when a dear friend informed me their nephew had died from it. Needless to say, the term lupus stuck with me after that, but it wasn’t for ...

Eat, drink & Blackout

Sampler flight of local beer events for January 13-19

January 13 | Cooking with Friends: A feast built around friendship, fun and mutual respect will occur in the Crown City when the executive chef at Leroy’s Kitchen & Lounge invites his culinary comrade from ...

Beer Touring: Rip Current Brewing North Park

San Marcos brewery extends reach from North County to North Park

To some, it seems like Rip Current Brewing Company’s revamping of the North Park corner spot at 30th Street and Polk Avenue took virtually no time at all. Not so for the people anxiously awaiting ...

Oceanside Ale Works’ sour surprise

Oceanside brewery’s walk on the wild side is a pleasant stroll

San Diegans are fortunate to have a wealth of local sour beer options. Though lambics, gueuzes, Flemish reds and browns, and the like are quite en vogue, increased labor, costs, and lengthy maturation cycles make ...

White Labs expanding to Asheville

Country’s largest yeast producer adding East Coast facility

San Diego is considered the epicenter for American craft beer, so it makes sense the city is also home to the country’s leading yeast production company. White Labs has experienced phenomenal growth in tandem with ...

Happy 100th "beer"thday, Balboa Park

Local brewers celebrate iconic centennial with 100-IBU IPA

The 100th anniversary of Balboa Park is a pretty cool thing. You know what would make it even cooler? A beer brewed to commemorate that milestone. But not just any beer. How about a San ...

A New Year & 100 more

Sampler flight of local beer events from January 6 through 12

January 8 | Centennial Beer Tasting: Brewmaster Paul Segura of Karl Strauss Brewing Company recently invited Lee Chase of Automatic Brewing Company (and Blind Lady Ale House and Tiger! Tiger! Tavern fame) to brew a ...

Bagby Beer a bona-fide Mecca

Oceanside’s much-hyped brewpub is worthy of its lofty reputation

In writing an article expounding the positives at Bagby Beer Company (601 South Coast Highway, Oceanside), I can hear the collective response of my readers: “No duh!” When one of the most famous and award-winning ...

50 beers of the year

San Diego brews that left a lasting impression over the past 12 months.

With more than 100 brewhouses in San Diego, hundreds of new beers are produced throughout the county each year. I have the good fortune of sampling a great many of them, and the following is ...

Best beer futures: Part II

The rest of the county’s most exciting upcoming brewery projects.

On December 18, I shared the top five most intriguing upcoming brewery projects in San Diego County. The following are the seven that fill out the dozen top brewery-owned works in progress. 6. Project X ...

Best beer futures: Part I

A list of the county’s most exciting upcoming brewery projects.

Per San Diego Beer News tradition, I’m closing out the year by taking a look back at some of the best 2014 had to offer, while keeping an eye trained on what 2015 holds. In ...

Most improved breweries

The local brewing companies that upped their game in 2014.

Last week, I shared an article about the improved beers at Acoustic Ales Brewing Experiment, and it got me to thinking of other breweries I’ve tasted progress from over the past 12 months. The following ...

Closing out with craft

Sampler flight of local beer events from December 16 through 31

December 18 | Santa’s Secret Stash: Few places not only procure so much fine beer, but also archive it, the way the folks at Monkey Paw Pub & Brewery, Hamilton’s Tavern, and Small Bar do. ...

All I want for Christmas is patience

Karl Strauss releases holiday ale designed to be enjoyed in 2021.

I don’t know about you, but the words “don’t open ‘til Christmas” come across like a mandate not to think about pink elephants. Once communicated, all I can think of is what I’m not supposed ...

Half Door swinging open soon

The Field’s upcoming offshoot East Village brewpub project a family affair

It’s easy to typecast. You hear a tenured local restaurateur has purchased an East Village property in which to install a brewpub for his son to brew at and his daughter to manage, and you ...

Meet Kilowatt Brewing Company

Beer plot thickens in brewery-dense Kearny Mesa

It’s hard to believe that, although two-and-a-half-years ago there had never been a brewery in Kearny Mesa, there will soon be five. It’s even more inconceivable that three of those share a strange, unplanned thematic ...

Acoustic Ales rising up the charts

Mission Hills brewery has shown much improvement over past year.

Some operations come a long way after initially disappointing. Such is the case with Acoustic Ales Brewing Experiment (1795 Hancock Street, Mission Brewery Plaza, Mission Hills). My first visit to Acoustic’s tasting room was roughly ...

Supper, signings & Saturday suds

Sampler flight of local beer events from December 9 through 15

December 9 | Book Signing & Rare Beer Extravaganza: To celebrate the release of the *2014/2015 edition of my Complete Guide to San Diego Breweries*, my colleagues at Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens – ...

A green holiday red ale

The winter version of AleSmith’s YuleSmith belongs on any hophead's wish list

Most holiday beers are high in alcohol, heavy in texture, and rife with flavors of winter spices, caramel, dried fruits, chocolate, and booze. The majority fall into two categories — Belgian strong ales and imperial ...

Meet Second Chance Beer Co.

Longtime Rock Bottom brewmaster going his own way in RB.

In San Diego, award-winning, long-tenured brewers are treated like rock stars. Jeff Bagby (Bagby Beer, Pizza Port), Tomme Arthur (Lost Abbey, Port Brewing, Pizza Port), Chuck Silva (Green Flash Brewing), Peter Zien (AleSmith), Pat McIlhenney ...

Rare beer (and a book signing)

Come for the awesome beer and get a book signed while you’re at it.

My boss, Stone Brewing Co. co-founder and CEO Greg Koch, gets lots of attention. He’s a cult figure in the craft beer world, and when he makes appearances at craft beer bars and events, he’s ...

The Hop Concept

Port Brewing and The Lost Abbey add third brand to its two-headed monster.

Uncomplicated hoppy beers from the people who know how to make them. This is the tagline of The Hop Concept, a new, third brand for the multifaceted Pizza Port production brewing arm that is Port ...

Beer Touring: Quantum Brewing

Two local beer writers team up to taste through new Kearny Mesa beers.

One of the best things about the San Diego brewing scene is the fact that most of its players opt to regard each other as comrades versus competitors. Sure, they produce similar products and vie ...

Sudsy holiday shopping respites

Sudsy holiday shopping respites

December 3 | Sour Mania: Any chance to select from a bevy of tart blondes, Flemish reds, and the like merits the “God bless us, everyone” tagline, but offer that opportunity on a weeknight and ...

A Modern take on amber ale

Point Loma’s Modern Times updates a semi-forgotten classic

Remember when the most popular style of beer was amber ale, AKA red ale? Not Irish-style red or West Coast-style red... just a nondescript red ale that looked pretty much the same color as those ...

The 12 Beers of Remembrance

A beer-centric experience I was thankful (and honored) to be a part of.

Receiving emails from readers is something I look forward to. Every now and then I get to help people out with suggestions about breweries or beers. It’s one of the best parts of this job ...

The hoppiest comeback ever

Original Bolt Brewery mastermind set to debut redux in La Mesa

They say it’s what's inside that counts and that’s true of any business, including Bolt Brewery (8179 Center Street, La Mesa). After all, it’s inside that soon-to-open operation’s Quonset hut brewhouse where the beer is ...

Beer Touring: Fall Brewing Company

Veteran brewer’s passion project open for business in North Park

With hundreds of events going on throughout the county over a ten-day span, San Diego Beer Week was a blast, but the following week was actually far more exciting from a beer news standpoint. There ...

Reasons to give thanks

Sampler Flight of local beer events for November 25 through December 1

November 25 | Movember Night: It’s the time of year where razors are shelved in favor of scruff, ‘staches, and Samaritanism. That’s right, possibly the easiest charity movement on the planet — Movember. All it ...

Beer Week surprise

A straightforward IPA from Mike Hess Brewing stands tall during SDBW

It was the best of times. No, really, it was the best of times! This year’s edition of San Diego Beer Week was one of the finest since the 2009 advent of this annual ten-day ...

Intergalactic Brewing’s growing universe

Miramar brewery set to graduate from nano ranks with latest expansion.

Even before trying a single beer, one can’t help but be charmed by the collection of sci-fi cinema paraphernalia gracing the walls of Intergalactic Brewing Company (9835 Carroll Centre Road, #108, Miramar). During a recent ...

How y'like them apples?

Julian Hard Cider being sued for alleged abuse of trademark

In July, I introduced readers to Brian Kenner, an orchard owner working to open a cider and perry company called Julian CiderWorks in the community of the same name. When reporting on this, I wondered ...

Life after Beer Week

Sampler Flight of local beer events for November 18 through 24

November 18 | Fish Taco TKO: San Diego is well-known for fine craft beer and fish tacos. Both will share the spotlight at Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens – Liberty Station when ten chefs ...

Coronado Brewing's Pier-Side I.B. resto

Coronado business gives Imperial Beach first brewery-owned venue

While the craft brewing movement has saturated most segments of San Diego County, especially communities in the northern and central regions, its southernmost municipalities are mostly beer barren. The only city south of downtown San ...

2014 San Diego Beer Week: Day 10

A comprehensive roundup of San Diego Beer Week events for November 16.

Barrel-Aged Victory at Sea Day: If ever there was a high-alcohol beer that’s palatable all day long, it’s Victory at Sea, a coffee-vanilla imperial porter from Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits. So, no matter when ...

2014 San Diego Beer Week: Day 8

A comprehensive roundup of San Diego Beer Week events for November 14.

Friday, November 14 Beer Week Events Ballast Point Tap Takeover: Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits has been on a growth tear over the past few years, but even when they were smaller and mostly known ...

Green Flash acquires Alpine Beer Co.

Two of San Diego's hoppiest form mutually beneficial partnership.

Two of San Diego’s hoppiest brewing operations are, essentially, becoming one. Today, Green Flash Brewing Company (6550 Mira Mesa Boulevard, Mira Mesa) announced that it has acquired Alpine Beer Co. (2351 Alpine Boulevard, Alpine). Described ...

2014 San Diego Beer Week: Day 7

A comprehensive roundup of San Diego Beer Week events for November 13.

Events for Thursday, November 13 Dark Side vs. Wild Side: The folks at Hamilton’s Tavern are pitting the deep, dark, heavy, highly-alcoholic brews of Avery Brewing Company against that same interest’s light, tart, funky, highly-alcoholic ...

2014 San Diego Beer Week: Day 6

A comprehensive roundup of San Diego Beer Week events for November 12.

Tuesday, November 12 Beer Week events Battle of the Double IPAs: Urge Gastropub will pair two flights of five uber-hoppy India pale ales each and serve them together so guests can cast their votes for ...

2014 San Diego Beer Week: Day 5

A comprehensive roundup of San Diego Beer Week events for November 11.

Tuesday, November 11 The Full Table: Company’s like taking their most popular beers and using flavorful ingredients to create myriad tasty versions. Usually, these are stouts or porters, but Benchmark Brewing Company is leading with ...

2014 San Diego Beer Week: Day 4

A comprehensive roundup of San Diego Beer Week events for November 10.

Beer events on Monday, November 10: Bagby Beer & Stone Brewmasters Lunch: If there are all-stars in the brewing community, Jeff Bagby and Steve Wagner qualify. The latter is inviting the former to his digs ...

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