Ian Anderson

Ian Anderson writes about news, food, coffee, and booze. Known to travel for a story, for music, for romance, or a body of water. Dog-friendly diner and author of the city guide, Moon San Diego.

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The shops are opening in pairs along 30th Street

A place for people

A couple new coffee shops opened along 30th Street recently, though under very different circumstances. Hawthorn Coffee opened in late December on Adams Avenue, within a block of several popular businesses in a burgeoning pocket ...

Alpha King brings home a whale

Wyoming's golden IPA has San Diego roots

Former local brewer and reigning Brewpub Brewer of the Year Kirk McHale made a return visit to San Diego last week, and he brought some award-winning beer with him. While beer enthusiasts prepared to queue ...

Tough times for beer in El Cajon

URBN St. closure leaves city beerless till the spring

For a moment there, the El Cajon was on the verge of having three breweries. But last week, incoming Knox Corners Brewing announced via Facebook it had ended its efforts to open in El Cajon, ...

The internet loves AleSmith

Among the world's favorite 100 beers, 11 are made in San Diego

Beer-review website RateBeer.com released its annual accounting of the world's top brewers and beers, and San Diego breweries figured prominently. AleSmith was named number 2 on the list of Top Brewers in the World, Alpine ...

Craft is dead. Now we drink Indie Beer

As Big Beer creeps into town, locals want to change the lingo

The term Craft Beer may be in need of a makeover. The Union-Tribune reported this week that Bend, Oregon's 10 Barrel Brewing Co. has proposed a 10,000-square-foot brewpub in East Village. In response, local beer ...

Pure Project debuts in Miramar

After only six months, already serving flavorful beers

Back in August, it was announced a new brewery, Pure Project, would be taking over one of two turnkey brewhouses set up by HG Fenton's Brewery Igniter program in Miramar. Last week, Pure Project announced ...

A new contender for best burger

Balboa Bar & Grill enters the fray

After I wrote about the simplicity of the burger at Rocky’s Crown Pub recently, I heard all about everybody’s favorite burger spots. Like Rocky’s, most were places that count their longevity in decades rather than ...

Big in the barrio

Thorn St. Brewery nabs former boiler factory on National Avenue

The partners behind North Park's Thorn St. Brewery are branching out into Barrio Logan, where they will grow their brand — and their brewing capacity — as Thorn Brewing Company. Dan Carrico, Dennis O'Connor, and ...

You’ve got ramen options, San Diego

Yamadaya brings more noodles to the Gaslamp

It might be getting carried away to start calling San Diego a ramen town, but the recent proliferation of noodle bars suggests our collective taste for this stuff isn’t a trend that will soon pass. ...

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