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Pizza Port’s mountain cousin

Julian Beer Co. slings pies and suds at a higher elevation

About 55 miles separate the communities of Solana Beach and Julian, but it’s the four thousand feet in elevation that set them apart. One's a beach town, appealing to ocean-lovers and well-heeled shoppers; the other, ...

Conquering the far West Coast

Modern Times pours out of town beers in Encinitas

Modern Times Beer has arguably become San Diego beer's most compelling success story. At the time it opened, in 2013, with design-savvy beer cans, a bartop made from paperback books, and a gigantic Michael Jackson ...

Biggest beer news 2018

Green Flash, Monkey Paw, Council, Toolbox surprise this writer

The financial fallout of Green Flash Owner of the West Coast IPA trademark, and the first modern San Diego brewery to distribute to all fifty states, Green Flash Brewing Company spent several years in expansion ...

More than a fantasy brewer

Time for beer drinkers across the county to discover ales of BattleMage

“The beer is just good! That’s why I come back all the time.” So says a guy to my left, loud enough the whole tasting room can here. A few of us nod along. He’s ...

'Tis the season’s most rewarding ale

More than 40 local breweries tap hallowed brewer’s recipe for fire relief

If you’re a San Diego beer fan visiting breweries this winter, you may notice the same beer keep showing up on tasting room menus: Resilience Butte County Proud IPA. Your eyes do not deceive you. ...

What the heck is a lichtenhainer?

How a San Diego dentist’s historical German beer became an American medal winner

There’s nothing easier to find in North Park than a good IPA. But a good lichtenhainer? Only one place that I know about. So, what’s a lichtenhainer? I wondered too. The unsurprising answer would be ...

Beer's still cheap in La Jolla

Rock Bottom has been doing this twenty years

I hit Rock Bottom on a Wednesday night — the one that’s been succeeding at the brewpub thing on La Jolla Village Drive for 20 years this year. The official name is Rock Bottom Restaurant ...

When bad things happen to good breweries

Council Brewing to close, Benchmark Brewing barely holding on

The San Diego craft beer community was rocked this week by the news two of its best small breweries are in serious trouble. First, on Tuesday, Rachael and Matt Akin, the husband and wife team ...

A La Mesa brewery gets better with age

Things get funky at the tasting room next door

Since the day it opened in 2015, Helix Brewing Co. has offered one of the county’s most appealing places to hang out and drink beer. Though right in the thick of La Mesa’s industrial zone, ...

Mexico's capital of craft

Baja brewers cleaned up in national competition

Back in September, in what has become an autumn tradition, the Great American Beer Festival heaped loads of recognition upon the general greatness of San Diego beer. Area breweries claimed five golds en route to ...

Collaborations are more fun in pairs

Brewers team up for beers that play well together

Pouring nearly 50 distinct brewery collaboration beers this year, the Karl Strauss Brewing beer week party dubbed Collabapalooza (November 10) showcases a San Diego brewing community that remains for the most part interconnected and mutually ...

Where will you toast San Diego beer?

Top events and best bets for San Diego Beer Week 2018

It’s that time of year again: San Diego Beer Week. From November 2-11 the local beer business goes all out to celebrate, with special events, special beer releases, and plenty of toasts. The San Diego ...

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