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Taking salt and pepper off The Counter

Fried avocado and olive spread are fun, but salt and pepper are burger essentials

I just have to ask: what’s the deal with burgers these days? In a day and age where the “gourmet” ...

Eureka! I've found a Grade F veggie burger!

A disappointing experience at UTC’s posh new burger and beverage den

Typically, I plan out where I’m going to eat and what I’m going to write about in advance, but every ...

Amaya's chance to shine in The Jewel

The Grand Del Mar’s hidden gem stepping out of Addison’s shadow

Despite being sequestered far beyond the guarded gates of luxury property, The Grand Del Mar, any local foodie worth their ...

Beers of the Week: Churchill's Pub's Renaissance Brews

North County pub puts on six custom-made, high quality craft beers

Over the past two months, I’ve written a lot about San Diego breweries creating beers for local bars and restaurants. ...

9 + 2 + 6 = Yum!

PB’s Table 926 solves elusive equation for producing a complete restaurant

I’ve been writing so much about our vibrant craft beer scene of late that it’s been awhile since I’ve let ...

Beer of the Week: Karl Strauss 24th Anniversary Flanders-Style Ale

Uncle Karl celebrates the big two-four with a celebratory sour

As we age, we start to pay more attention to time…or at least the passage of it. Such is the ...

Approaching a new brewing Benchmark

AleSmith alum setting up shop in Grantville

The first time I interviewed long-time AleSmith brewer Matt Akin about the brewery he’s building was last March. Nearly a ...

There's Culture brewing on Cedros

New brewery brings Solana Beach’s design district customized suds

I believe in multi-tasking and love killing two birds with one stone. The evening I ventured to Pizza Port Solana ...

Pizza Port Solana Beach: The next generation

The new brewer (wo)manning one of San Diego’s classic brewhouses

One of the county’s eldest brewhouses resides below-ground in an inauspicious picnic-tabled pizza joint—Pizza Port Solana Beach (135 North Highway ...

Home Brew Mart to debut The Homework Series

Ballast Point taps its homebrewing component for a new line of suds

Home Brew Mart (5401 Linda Vista Road, Linda Vista) is one of the most significant locales where San Diego’s craft ...

Beer of the Week: Celebrator 25th Anniversary Double Pale Ale

Debuting a beer with personal local ties from Sierra Nevada

Yes, this is a feature all about local beers…usually. At face value, spotlighting a beer from Chico, California’s Sierra Nevada ...

Homebrews for guide dogs

Local Habit hosting homebrew-driven fundraiser for service dog trainers

On Saturday, February 23, the statement “this restaurant’s gone to the dogs” will take on new meaning when Local Habit ...

Big-time brewhouse additions

New brewers for Modern Times Beer and Monkey Paw

Over the course of the past few months, more and more questions have been answered about upcoming San Diego craft ...

Beer of the Week: Sweet Tea Session IPA

Monkey Paw brews up a beer for Hillcrest farm-to-tablers

Of late, I’ve been writing a lot about breweries crafting beers for specific bars and restaurants. Typically, the impetus for ...

Beer Touring: Thorn Street Brewery

New North Park brewery has all but one element for success

The last stop on my latest San Diego brewery tour was a recently opened spot called Thorn Street Brewery (3176 ...

Beer Touring: Coronado Brewing - Tecolote Canyon

Off-island offshoot offers expanded look at Crown City operation

Coronado’s a beautiful place, but unless you live in the Crown City, it’s someplace you don’t likely frequent. The lure ...

Beer Touring: Helm's Brewing

Dark side of the equation is brightest at Kearny Mesa newbie

The first time I had a beer from Helm’s Brewing Company (5640 Kearny Mesa Road, Suite C/N, Kearny Mesa) was ...

Beer Touring: Belching Beaver Brewery

New Vista brewery offers more than nomenclature would suggest

For over a year, there have been over two-dozen work-in-progress breweries for me to monitor at any given time. And ...

Beer Touring: Offbeat Brewing

A progress report on Escondido’s other craft brewery

My December excursion to Europe to visit craft breweries left me thirsty for tasty San Diego beer, which I indulged ...

Beer of the Week: Silva Stout

Green Flash’s brewmaster explains his renowned namesake beer

There are a lot of “special” beers out there. That descriptor can mean many things. Sometimes it signifies a brew’s ...

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