Booze News

Cascaraa makes sparkling tea from leftover coffee fruit

Antioxidants and organic botanicals in a lightly caffeinated beverage

The life cycle of coffee has been well documented. The coffee cherry grows on a shrub until it's red and plump, then gets harvested for its seed, which is extracted, dried, and ultimately roasted into ...

The Invigatorium makes coffee fun

The new East Village coffee shop from Modern Times dazzles and caffeinates

When I heard Modern Times Beer and Consortium Holdings were conspiring to open an East Village coffee bar, I was excited for a couple of reasons. First is that I’m a fan of Modern Times ...

The Original 40 raises the brewpub game

In 2019 breweries don’t just pour beer; they create a hospitality experience

Sales, production, and the proliferation of satellite tasting rooms may be on the rise in San Diego, but at least one aspect of the local brewery industry has slowed down considerably: new brewery openings. We’re ...

Where to drink beer outside this summer

New brewery venues where the sun does shine

There’s nothing wrong with drinking beer in a warehouse tasting room, per se, but each year a handful of breweries embrace the idea that San Diego’s best beer lifestyle requires great outdoor drinking venues. Here ...

San Diego's hard seltzer summer

It's not beer, but breweries are experimenting with the fruity, diet-friendly adult beverage

During a recent, beachy afternoon out by the Oceanside Pier, I walked a short distance to the colorful new Kilowatt Brewing Oceanside Taproom. Parched from the sunshine, and in need of refreshment, I bellied up ...

Societe Brewing’s seven year switch

A San Diego-only craft brewer is moving in new directions to grow in place

The last weekend of July, Societe Brewing Company will mark its 7th anniversary with a pair of parties at its Kearny Mesa brewery. While the ales and lagers served will meet the same exacting standards ...

The Two Roots taproom in Ocean Beach doesn't serve THC beer

The cannabusiness that bought Helm's Brewing makes beer with and without the high

The last vestige of San Diego beer brand Helm’s Brewing Co. disappeared this spring, when its Ocean Beach taproom officially changed its affiliation to that of Two Roots Brewing Co. While the old Helm’s sign ...

Patience pays off for Guadalupe Brewing

After years of waiting, a new Vista taproom is here for the long haul

“We’re just going to be patient,” says Lisa Deju, “It might be a little extra work to get done, but it’s going to be great!” She’s speaking about the airy new Mission-styled Vista taproom recently ...

Last call for Biersch

After 20 years, Mission Valley’s Gordon Biersch brewpub closes in mid-July

“Believe it or not,” said Douglas Hasker, “Once upon a time this was the hot shit brewery in town.” Hasker was speaking to a crowd assembled at the Gordon Biersch brewpub in Mission Valley, where ...

New generation brewers made noise this craft beer awards season

Award-winning breweries and beers to check out this summer

Each spring, three California-based beer contests assess thousands of craft brews for quality, and each spring they send San Diego brewers home with a fresh heap of medals and ribbons to show off in their ...

Raging Cider & Mead... and perry

Local pears fuel a trio of distinct pear ciders and a strawberry cocktail

While tasting ciders at Raging Cider & Mead in San Marcos last year, I got talked by the bartender into trying one of the tasting room’s house cocktails, dubbed a StrawPerry. That the concoction involved ...

Burning Beard vests its star tasting room manager with ownership

Shannon Lynette gets a piece of the brand she’s helped build

When she first walked in to Burning Beard Brewing Co., Shannon Lynette says she wasn’t there looking for work. But she was between beer industry jobs, mulling a few offers, and contemplating a move back ...

Mike Hess Brewing shaves heads

For pediatric cancer research

Over Memorial Day weekend, dozens of people gathered at North Park’s Mike Hess Brewing Company to shave their heads bald. And in doing so they raised over 60 thousand dollars for St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a ...

No more prohibitions for You & Yours Distilling

Second rounds now being served at East Village urban distillery

From the moment Laura Johnson first opened You & Yours Distilling Co. two years ago, it gave East Village a craft spirit tasting room and lounge photogenic enough to lure influencers and attract national media ...

2 Kids Brewing brings a San Diego beer brand back from the dead

Fans may resume drinking Intergalactic’s shiny metal cans

It was curtains for Intergalactic Brewing. The small Miramar brewery poured its last pints last summer, and closed up shop. Glasses were raised and tributes made, and not long after, founder and brewer Alex Van ...

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