Booze News

Local Roots brings booch to North County

Hard Kombucha and soft kombucha, served dry, side by side

Add hard kombucha to the list of craft beverage attractions on the Hops Highway. In late April, Local Roots Kombucha opened a spacious and colorful booch tasting room in Vista, taking over over the brewery ...

A pilsner from another hemisphere at Kairoa Brewing

New Zealand hops dominate at brewpub with a rooftop lounge

New Zealand hops have been very much a part of San Diego’s beer lore since Alpine Beer Co. introduced Nelson IPA in 2004. The Nelson Sauvin hop used to brew that beer was just one ...

Craft brew spot goes Anthem Vegan

Plant-based bar menu replaces meat where beer fans eat

Sausage. Steak. Burgers. Those are the kinds of meals beer fans have grown accustomed to eating at craft beer bar Toronado over the past decade or so. But times have changed. When I bellied up ...

A flight of vodka at 619 Spirits

Local craft spirits have a home at North Park’s first urban distillery

If you walk into 619 Spirits without knowing better, it’s easy to mistake the place with any other North Park bar and restaurant. A kitchen turns out dishes including wings, loaded fries, burgers, and wraps. ...

Modern Times Beer sells shares to fans

Financial disclosures reveal how quickly the 264 million dollar company has grown

Modern Times Beer made news two years ago when it announced a plan to vest long-term employees with a piece of the company, and this week it announced a plan to further spread its ownership ...

Canines in mind at Poochie's Hooch

Urban Cidery Mission Trails adjacent tasting room is dog friendly and then some

Three years ago, former firefighter and LPGA golfer Mary Paulson was a home cider maker who would invite a couple dozen friends to her North Park home for what she called back yard happy hooch ...

Where to pre-game the new Padres season

New spots to consider for an East Village pub crawl

The Padres have returned for 2019 and things are going to be different this year. Manny Machado different, sure, but I’m talking pre-game beer different. Since opening day 2018, the craft beer landscape surrounding Petco ...

Major mead momentum for Lost Cause

Five medals, a new brewery, and caramelized honey show San Diego mead's future is sweet

Launched in November 2017, Lost Cause Meadery has quickly established itself as one of San Diego’s top mead makers. According to the results of this year’s Mazer Cup International Mead Competition, it also ranks among ...

Who is behind Cerveza Xteca?

With a single beer, lowrider brewers tap a coveted market

The 16-ounce cans have started to show up at shops here and there, labels depicting an Aztec princess, along with the Spanish, “La chela mas chula.” In beer parlance, a nice cold one. At first ...

Iron Fist, aluminum cans

Vista brewery rocks a series of new tasting room releases

At the end of February, Iron Fist Brewing Company announced a new list of beers for 2019, highlighting seasonal releases to be introduced in its tasting rooms every month. This might sound like routine, first-quarter ...

Bitter is back at Bay City Brewing

How can a hoppy beer stand out in a city full of good IPAs?

About 100 new breweries have opened in San Diego over the past five years, posing a significant challenge to any craft beer brand trying to distinguish itself. At least one has proven no slouch at ...

Creative creatures brew in El Cajon

Behind the pizza spot, across from the Ross

Downtown El Cajon may not be the next, Next North Park, but if you look across the parking lot from the Ross Dress For Less, you will spot the city’s newest brewery. Creative Creature Brewing ...

The continuous still of Storyhouse Spirits

East Village's shiny new distillery was made to make whiskey

San Diego’s newest craft spirit maker opened for business in early February, updating a vintage industrial space in East Village. In lieu of tasting room, Storyhouse Spirits offers an appealing bar and restaurant, with a ...

619 Spirits uses local spirits including own vodka brand

North Park's first urban distillery

Has there been a better time to be a boozehound in San Diego? As the craft beer scene has matured, some locals are branching out into other liquor areas and creating an intoxicating distillery scene ...

One barrel at a time at Embarcadero Brewing

It feels like beer history in National City

This past September, National City’s first homebrewing supply shop officially became National City’s first craft brewery. In a number of ways, Embarcadero Brewing and Supply feels like a time capsule out of San Diego craft ...

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