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Thunderhawk HO!

Childhood buds open a brewery together

Thunderhawk Alements officially joined Miramar's growing Miralani Drive brewing scene in mid-September, opening its small tasting room and drinking patio to weekend crowds. It sits in just across the street from the recently opened Setting ...

Beer mapping Sorrento Valley

"It's not like I have to pick which community's football team I need to support."

In September, Sorrento Valley got new neighborhood signs from the city. Three signs mark the western Sorrento border along the 805 freeway. The fourth designates a northeastern border, on Calle Cristobal, just east of Camino ...

A food truck saves the day at a brewery, again

Fried, not braised, but still good

Leave it to me to order fried chicken from a food truck with the word braise in its name. I promise there was beer involved. Toolbox Brewing was pouring a few rare beers for its ...

Donburi Kitchen misses the concept

Heart set on donburi. Is there something besides ramen or sushi?

Donburi is all about the bowl. The word basically means a bowlful of rice, and usually connotes a dish topped with some kind of protein. It's not anything fancy, but there are dozens of donburi ...

Reader comments prompt a return to Poma’s

Yeah, but have you tried the roast beef?

When I moved to OB way back whenever, a friend brought me to Poma's for the first time and ordered me a meatball sub. He told me I'd love it, and I loved it. I've ...

Kilowatt amped to bring groovy brew thing to O.B.

Tasting room to welcome dogs, kids, and the discerning palate

Kearny Mesa brewery Kilowatt Brewing has announced it will bring its colorful, black-lit tasting room style to a satellite tasting room in Ocean Beach. Kilowatt joins a suddenly surging O.B. beer scene, which in the ...

North Park finds room for one more coffee shop

Biker cafe is surprisingly comfortable, and offers a food I've never seen before

I didn't think North Park needed another coffee shop, particularly along 30th Street. But when I walked into the newly opened Torque Moto Café, I immediately felt as though it scratched a neighborhood itch that's ...

Märzen on the menu

October comes early for beer fans

Over in Munich, Oktoberfest started on Saturday, September 17th, and will continue until October 3rd, attracting an estimated six million thirsty souls to drink more than two million gallons of beer. As big as beer ...

Craft beer burgeoning in Carlsbad

North County natives readying for November brewery launch

The city of Carlsbad hasn't historically made it easy for breweries to open, requiring new businesses to goes through a series of committee meetings in order to obtain a conditional use permit. Case in point ...

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